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The Adaptation Policy Framework


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Title: The Adaptation Policy Framework

The Adaptation Policy Framework
An overview of the new UNDP-GEF product
  • Bill Dougherty
  • Stockholm Environment Institute Boston Center
  • Manila April 2004

  • Background (context, vision, objectives,
  • APF materials
  • APF in practice
  • Next steps

  • Previous studies/guidance Builds on earlier work
  • National Communications, NCSP
  • Previous methodologies
  • IPCC Third Assessment Report, 2001
  • UNFCCC/UNDP workshop, 2001
  • Lack of progress on adaptation First NC
  • Countries reported difficulty in prioritising
  • Few adaptations implemented
  • Many studies remained as reports

How to Move from Studies to Policy Action?
APF Guiding Vision
  • A society whose response to climate change
    combines national policy-making with proactive
    bottom-up or grass roots actions

APF Goals and Objectives
  • Ultimate goal is to protect and, when possible,
    enhance human well-being in the face of climate
    variability and change
  • Development objective is to facilitate the
    incorporation of adaptation into a countrys
    national development strategy by promoting
    sustainable policy processes and reducing climate
  • Operational objective is to provide technical
    guidance to national climate change teams for
    developing and assessing climate change
    adaptation policies and measures

APF Approach Guiding Principles
  • Place adaptation in a development context
  • Build on current adaptive experience to cope with
    future climate
  • Recognize that adaptation occurs at different
    levels -- in particular, the local (bottom-up)
  • Recognize that adaptation will be an ongoing

APF Approach Innovations
  • The APF aims to
  • Link grassroots with national policy-making,
    utilizing a stakeholder-driven and bottom-up
  • Focus on recent climate experience
  • Coordinate with current development policies,
    priorities and commitments (e.g., MEAs) as well
    as proposed future activities and investments,
    focusing on maladaptive activities
  • Integrate assessments across sectors and scales

APF Structure
1. Scope project

2. Assess current vulnerability
3. Characterize future climate-related risks
Increase adaptive capacity
Engage stakeholders
4. Develop adaptation strategy

5. Continue adaptation process

APF Structure Steps and Guidance
APF Structure Resource Package
  • Executive Summary
  • Users Guidebook
  • 9 Technical Papers (TPs)
  • Project scope and design
  • Stakeholders
  • Vulnerability assessment
  • Current climate risks
  • Future climate risks
  • 5-Module Training Package
  • trainers packet (slides, notes, background
  • trainees packet (exercise workbook, case
    studies, background reading)
  • Illustrative Case Study Series
  • CD-Rom of Guidebook, TPs, Case Studies, and
    related tools and resources
  • Socio-economic conditions
  • Adaptive capacity
  • Formulation of adaptation strategy
  • Evaluate, monitor, and review

APF in Practice Framing the Policy Question
  • What kind of policy instruments will reduce
    vulnerability to climate change?
  • What kind of policy decisions might be influenced
    by a project?
  • How might project results be introduced onto the
    local, or national policy agenda?

APF in Practice Target audience
Initial Primary audience Climate change teams in
developing countries GEF projects Secondary
audience Policy makers Sectoral/environmental
managers Experts (including developed
countries) Multilateral and bilateral agencies
APF in Practice Operations
  • Coordination and implementation achieved with
  • An APF team that is representative of studies
    specific priorities (as identified in scoping
  • Broad, active stakeholder participation, from
    communities to line agencies
  • Incentives for stakeholders to continue the
    process beyond the project lifetime

APF in Practice Flexibility
  • Use of APF steps can be tailored to suit
  • national priorities (key vulnerable systems)
  • previous national assessments
  • national team capacities
  • budget
  • time

APF in Practice Outputs
  • Self-sustaining stakeholder process
  • Increased national capacity for adaptation
  • Recommendations for adaptation strategies,
    policies and measures
  • Strategy for continuing adaptation process

APF in Practice Outputs (2)
  • Strategies
  • Re-align national sustainable development goals
  • Re-align poverty reduction programmes
  • Policies
  • Develop a portfolio of adaptations
  • Implement guidelines for adaptation in national
    and local planning
  • Measures
  • Overcome barriers to adaptation
  • Enhance adaptive capacity
  • Alter investment plans

APF Next steps
  • Phase I Methodologies (2001-2004)
  • Development of methodological material (Users
    Guidebook, Technical Papers, case studies)
  • Development and provision of training on methods
  • Phase II Implementation Support (2004-2006)
  • New TP series, focused on implementation
  • Planning and implementation of continuous
    professional development activities
  • Promotion of region-specific methods and
  • Promotion of learning networks
  • Development of a web-based support tool
  • Translation