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In response to adaptation knowledge needs identified by the Parties and in collaboration with Parties, NWP partners and expert organizations, numerous knowledge products have been generated under the NWP.
The NWP was established at COP 11 (December 2005, in Nairobi) to facilitate and catalyze the development and dissemination of information and knowledge that would inform and support adaptation policies and practices. It has engaged Parties as well as a growing network of partner organizations, experts and other relevant organizations from all fields and world regions in sharing the latest information and knowledge. Such input, in the form of case studies, tools methods, good practices and lessons learned has provided knowledge support to the Parties and the constituted bodies, and contributed to scaling-up adaptation action. For a snapchot of the main features of the NWP, see the NWP banner.  
Some of the collected information has also been structured and synthesized under the NWP, as in the following documents:
  • Seven issues of the "synopsis series" synthesizing the key findings of the past 4 years of technical work and the possible next steps for enhanced knowledge support regarding adaptation planning in general, as well as ecosystems, human settlements, water resources, health, gender, and local, indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices, in particular (February 2016).
  • A note on the knowledge-sharing and training activities, undertaken in 2015 by regional centres and networks and international organizations with a regional presence, on adaptation planning processes and processes and structures for linking national and local adaptation planning (April 2016).
  • A compilation of good practices, tools and available data collection initiatives on the use of local, indigenous and traditional knowledge and practices for adaptation (April 2016).

The case studies, tools, methods and knowledge resources collected can be browsed through the advanced search page of the portal, which also gives access to the reports, synthesis documents and other publications generated under the NWP.


In May 2016, the Subsidiary Body for Science and Technological Advice ( SBSTA) concluded that 5 new calls for submission shall be launched under the NWP to further its technical work. Submissions on climate impacts on human health have already been collected and key results were discussed during the 10th Focal Point Forum.


Responses to the other 4 calls for submision are to be communicated to the UNFCCC secretariat by the following deadlines:

By 25 January 2017: Ecosystems and water resources >>>

By 20 September 2017: Economic diversification >>>
By 20 September 2017: Indicators of adaptation and resilience >>>

By 20 September 2017: Human settlements >>>

For more information on the NWP, or to respond to the calls for submission, contact the NWP team at