How are the implementation processes of the National Adaptation Plans in the Andean region progressing?

The Global Adaptation Week is taking place from 23 March to 4 April, in Santiago de Chile. Participating experts and leaders are focusing on accelerating efforts to adapt to the increasingly severe effects of climate change, and to address loss and damage.

National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) are a key element of this meeting. They are the main instrument to guide the planning and implementation of climate change adaptation in each country. They contain prioritised adaptation actions for a given period to inform of implementation, monitoring, and evaluation, and play a central role in reporting on the efforts and needs of developing countries. This report is vital for raising adaptation funding opportunities for developing countries.

The process of developing a NAP with fine-tuned and adopted methodologies and tools to measure the different contexts of each prioritised sector, among which water and agriculture are key sectors, implies strengthening the capacities and knowledge of the responsible actors, as well as the need to bolster the tools for collecting information.

The following graph shows the state of development of national plans and their implementation in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru. Despite having comparatively low greenhouse gas emissions, these Andean countries are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change, especially their populations that depend on Andean family agriculture for their livelihoods. 

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The regional project Andes Resilientes al Cambio Climático, which aims to strengthen the resilience and adaptation to climate change of the most vulnerable rural Andean populations in Bolivia, Ecuador, and Peru, accompanies these three countries by generating spaces for exchange and peer learning.

One of its focuses was the Monitoring and Evaluation of Adaptation to Climate Change topic. Through 4 virtual sessions, over 50 people responsible for these national processes were brought together. The processes of implementation of the NAPs were presented, the challenges of integrating gender and social inclusion in each of these systems were exchanged, the complexity of the basic concept of vertical and horizontal integration of monitoring and evaluation systems was reviewed, and key information on the progress reports of these systems was shared.

It is worth mentioning that the Andes Resilientes project, as part of its actions to strengthen tools for climate adaptation, supported the Government of Ecuador with two inputs that contribute to formulation of the NAP and the Information System for Climate Projections and Risk, Climate Change Adaptation Measures and Vulnerability Indicator of Ecuador (Sistema de información de Proyecciones y Riesgo Climático, Medidas de Adaptación al Cambio Climático e Indicador de Vulnerabilidad del Ecuador, SPRACC). These are the climate risk study of food sovereignty, agriculture, aquaculture, and fisheries sectors, one of the sectors prioritised by the NAP. The other input is the regulatory framework for Measurement, Reporting and Verification for the agriculture sector adaptation.

The content of these virtual sessions, presentations and full videos of the trainings are systematised by IISD experts, and published on the NAP Global Network blog:

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The regional project Andes Resilientes al Cambio Climático works together with national actors with competencies in agriculture and rural development, environment and water, and economic and social inclusion. Andes Resilientes is driven by the Global Climate Change and Environment Programme of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC), facilitated by the HELVETAS Swiss Intercooperation – Fundación Avina consortium, with the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) as a partner and the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD) as a strategic ally. The first phase of the project covers the period May 2020 to July 2024.

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