Addressing urban and human settlement issues in National Adaptation Plans

A supplement to the UNFCCC Technical Guidelines on the National Adaptation Plan process
10 Apr 2019

The Addressing Urban and Human Settlement Issues in National Adaptation Plans Supplementary Guide (referred hereafter as the NAP-HS Guide) aims to comprehensively address urban and human settlement issues in National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) at the formulation and implementation stage. The guide is aligned with the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) NAP Technical Guidelines and has been developed in conjunction with numerous partners, including the UNFCCC, non-government organizations, the private sector and representatives of member states.
The guide primarily targets decision-makers at the national level working on NAPs, both within and outside UNFCCC focal point ministries, while it also targets a broader set of stakeholders at the national and sub-national levels who are interested in NAPs or who may be involved in their implementation.
The guide is divided into four Sections:
Part 1 – Introduces the guide and frames the topic of addressing urban and human settlement issues in NAPs.
Part 2 – Outlines the case for considering cities and towns in NAPs. It seeks to answer the question why undertake urban adaptation.
Part 3 – Introduces the practicalities of working at the sub-national level by asking how to effectively undertake adaptation in towns and cities. This guidance is provided to familiarize NAP stakeholders with city adaptation processes, which in turn will help to address urban adaptation in NAPs. This section points the reader to a substantial body of literature and guidance that guides decision making on urban adaptation.
Part 4 – Ties the previous sections together by considering scaling urban adaptation into national policy. It considers finance in particular, asking how globally significant change be affected in and by cities.

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