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The NAP Global Network aims to enhance bilateral support for the process to formulate and implement NAPs and adaptation action in developing countries.
The NAP Global Network was established in December 2014 by policymakers and practitioners from eleven countries namely Brazil, Germany, Jamaica, Japan, Malawi, Peru, Philippines, South Africa, Togo, the United Kingdom, and the United States. It was launched during a side event at COP 20 in Lima, Peru.​

Specifically, the Network is working towards the following three objectives:

  • Improving coordination among bilateral development partners;
  • Facilitating peer learning and exchange among practitioners from developing countries and bilateral development partners on the challenges and opportunities associated with the NAP process;
  • Supporting enhanced leadership on adaptation at the national level to enable better coordination of domestic and international actors in the NAP process.
Participation in the NAP Global Network is open to all on an individual basis. To date, Network participants mainly consist of decision-makers and practitioners from various sectors working on NAPs in developing countries, as well as representatives of bilateral development partners providing support for adaptation. Participants include those outside of climate and environmental agencies, as well as experts and civil society representatives working on NAP process. To participate, you can sign up by visiting the Network website.
The Network Secretariat based at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) manages the day-to-day operations of the Network. Germany and the United States provide financial support for the operation of the Network.  A Steering Committee with representation by developing country adaptation practitioners provides vision and strategic direction to the Network.


By bringing together bilateral development agencies and in-country actors, the NAP Global Network can help coordinate and enhance existing adaptation-relevant bilateral support, with developing countries at the table to ensure that this significant source of support aligns with their development priorities.  Specifically, the Network adds value by:

  • Focusing on the role and potential of bilateral support. More bilateral donors have become active in supporting the process to formulate and implement NAPs in recent years. While existing NAP-related adaptation networks are mostly engaging multilateral agencies, the NAP Global Network aims to enhance the efforts of bilateral donors in support of NAP process in developing countries. The Network will develop resources to help bilateral agencies engage in NAP process in ways that complement domestic and multinational efforts.
  • Emphasizing the importance of coordination among donors, and between donors and partner countries. This recognizes that, with more bilateral donors supporting NAP process, lack of coordination risks duplication of efforts on the ground or missing critical areas/needs that are not being addressed. There are opportunities for these agencies to learn from each other and from partner countries to improve the effectiveness of their assistance through greater collaboration.
  • Providing a space for detailed, technical discussions and sustained peer learning on different challenges and best practices related to NAP process through Targeted Topics Forums, as well as through support for technical exchanges and working groups on emerging topics of interest. By providing a space for in-depth peer learning and exchange, the Network will enable the range of actors relevant to NAP processes—including those outside of climate and environmental agencies—to share lessons from concrete actions on the ground.