National Adaptation Plans. Technical guidelines for the national adaptation plan process

Least Developed Countries Expert Group
UNFCCC secretariat
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The Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) was established in 2001 to support least developed countries (LDCs) in addressing the adverse impacts of climate change. Since that time, the LEG, in accordance with its original mandate, has provided technical guidance and advice to LDCs on the preparation and implementation of their national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs). Through its new mandate, received at the sixteenth session of the Conference of the Parties (COP) in 2010 in Cancun, Mexico, the LEG now also provides technical guidance and advice on: the revision and update of NAPAs; the strengthening of gender considerations and considerations regarding vulnerable communities; the integration of NAPAs into development planning; the identification and implementation of medium- and long-term adaptation; and the implementation of the LDC work programme. Furthermore, the LEG also provides technical guidance and support to the national adaptation plan (NAP) process.

These technical guidelines have been developed by the LEG, with input and feedback from the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and its agencies, and experts from other organizations,to support the NAP process, following a request by the COP. They will assist the LDCs in comprehensively addressing adaptation in a coherent and strategic manner. They will assist countries to develop clearly defined adaptation programmes that countryowned, country-driven, and that catalyze action beyond the implementation of adaptation projects.

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