NAP Global Network at COP 26

Glasgow, UK | Oct 31–Nov 12, 2021

Adaptation to climate change is one of the four key themes to be explored in numerous events and international negotiations at the 26th United Nations Conference on Climate Change (COP 26) in Glasgow, United Kingdom, from October 31 to November 12, 2021. Our National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Global Network experts will engage with governments, international institutions, non-profit and civil society organizations, and researchers in discussions on national adaptation planning and action.

With the COP 26 agenda looking to elevate adaptation and resilience, we will be focusing on the following elements of NAP processes:

  • Ecosystem-based adaptation to protect and restore habitats, building natural defences to the impacts of climate change. 
  • Adaptation communications to raise the profile of countries’ efforts to adapt to the impacts of climate change, highlighting challenges faced, lessons learned, and future needs. 
  • Inclusivity to ensure a gender-responsive and participatory decision-making process that considers the vulnerabilities and needs of everyone. 

This hub will be continuously updated during COP 26. Come here for information on our events and relevant resources on the pressing themes of adaptation.

The NAP Global Network Secretariat will be taking part in the following events:

Testing the Theory: Building Capacity for Vertical Integration of Adaptation

When: Wednesday, November 3 | 2:00 p.m. (GMT)

Where: 3rd Capacity-building Hub 

Organizer: UNFCCC, PCCB, NAP Global Network

This session, led by the NAP Global Network, will explore the real-world challenges involved in strategically linking adaptation efforts across various levels of governance, including through collaboration with non-state actors.  

After a framing presentation on the state-of-the-art situation in the Global South, highly experienced speakers involved in adaptation planning and action will deliver a set of Lightning Talks, followed by a panel discussion and interactive dialogue with the audience (including engagement of virtual attendees using an online tool). Through the dialogue, participants will also be challenged to consider the opportunities and the challenges of applying the theory of vertical integration into practice, in their own contexts.

Engaging Citizens in Climate Adaptation through Creative Communications


When: Friday, November 5 | 3:30 p.m. (GMT)

Where: NDC Partnership Pavilion

Organizers: NAP Global Network, Costa Rican Ministry of Environment and Energy (MINAE), and Lensational

In this session, our experts will showcase the outcomes of two projects that IISD and the NAP Global Network supported to foster innovative and creative ways to communicate the climate crisis through images: the Next Season project, which brought together scientists and contemporary artists to create artwork depicting the climate crisis in Costa Rica; and the collaboration with Lensational, which enabled women in Ghana and Kenya to share their experiences on climate change adaptation through participatory photography.

Work of the LEG in Supporting the LDCs on Adaptation

When: Friday, November 5 | 6:30 p.m. (GMT)

Where: Room Loch Lomond, Zone D 

Organizer: UNFCCC

The Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG) is one of the oldest constituted bodies under the Convention and the Paris Agreement, having been established in 2001. It is currently mandated to provide technical guidance and support to the LDCs on the process to formulate and implement NAPs and the implementation of the LDC work programme.

This side event will focus on key impacts and outcomes of the 20 years of support provided by the LEG based on its mandate under the Convention. The main objective is to optimize the opportunity to share positive messaging of what the LEG has done and how significant it is for the process and for the LDCs.

Adaptation: From planning to action

When: Monday, November 8 | 1:30 p.m. (GMT)

Where: U.S. Center at COP 26

Livestream: U.S. Center YouTube channel

Organizer: United States Government, NAP Global Network

IISD's Earth Negotiations Bulletin provides highlights and photos from the event here.

This event will highlight the importance of National Adaptation Plans in building climate resilience at scale. It brings together donors and developing countries to discuss progress and needs, as well as announcements of new funding for the NAP Global Network to increase support developing countries in achieving their adaptation goals.

Capacity Building for Adaptation Action: Focus on Adaptation Communications


When: Tuesday, November 9, 9:50 a.m. (GMT)

Where: PCCB 3rd Capacity-building Hub

Organizers: NAP Global Network, COP 26 Catalyst on Climate Action

IISD's Earth Negotiations Bulletin provides highlights and photos from the event here.

Many countries are engaged in preparing their first Adaptation Communications (ADCOMs) in 2021. These voluntary, flexible, country-driven reporting instruments established under the Paris Agreement with multiple purposes, including to raise the profile and visibility of adaptation. ADCOMs present an opportunity to distil, synthesize, and report progress on adaptation as well as articulate their future needs and priorities–including on capacity building.

As a part of the COP26 Catalyst For Climate Action Day, this session will explore how ADCOMs can advance capacity building for adaptation planning and action.

Successful Cases of Vertical Integration between Local and National Levels in Adaptation Planning Processes in Latin America and the Caribbean

When: Tuesday, November 9 | 11:45 a.m. (GMT)

Where: Euroclima+ Pavilion 

Organizers: Costa Rican Ministry of Environment and Energy, UNEP and IISD

Event in Spanish with simultaneous interpretation to English. 

Adaptation planning must combine macro policies at the national level with grassroots work at the local level. On the one hand, central government institutions have a crucial role to play in advancing the implementation of climate change adaptation measures by creating conditions, legislation and incentives to guide and facilitate decision-making at the local level.

Additionally, the design and elaboration of public policies must be accompanied by processes and actions that contribute to adaptation at the local level, involving local governments and communities. This event aims to share success stories and lessons learned on vertical integration between national and sub-national adaptation planning processes in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Launch Event: Virtual Gender Marketplace

When: Tuesday, November 9 | 2:00 p.m. (GMT)

Where: Online, register here or watch the YouTube livestream here.

Organizer: UNFCCC Gender Team

At COP 25 Parties adopted the 5-year enhanced Lima work programme on gender and its gender action plan (GAP). The GAP includes an activity for Parties and relevant organizations to strengthen capacity-building efforts for governments and other stakeholders in mainstreaming gender in formulating, monitoring, implementing and reviewing, as appropriate, national climate change policies, plans, strategies and action, including nationally determined contributions, national adaptation plans and national communications.  At this event, which will launch the virtual gender market place, the NAP Global Network will provide an update on the state of gender integration into NAP processes.

Women Count: Achieving Gender Equality through Improved Monitoring and Reporting

When: Tuesday, November 9 | 5:00 p.m. (GMT)

Where: UK Presidency Pavilion

Organizer: FCDO

Men and women experience climate impacts in different ways. The collection of sex-disaggregated data provides the foundation for mainstreaming gender equality into policy. This workshop provides an opportunity for practitioners and policymakers to share examples of integrating gender indicators into reporting, demonstrating the great importance of using a gender lens to support monitoring and evaluation work. 

Adaptation beyond the EU: Perspectives for stronger co-operation with Africa

When: Tuesday, November 9 | 5:30 p.m. (GMT)

Where: EU Pavilion

Organizers: AFD, CASCADES, ECCA 2021 (European Climate Change Adaptation conference), NEPAD, UNDP, JPI Climate, and NAP Global Network

The new EU adaptation strategy (2021) underlines the need to better link the internal and external dimensions of adaptation with partner countries, particularly in Africa. The panel will discuss how this can be done by looking at three overarching themes: science and data generation; governance and policy design; policy implementation and concrete projects on the ground.

Adaptation Research Alliance Launch

When: Wednesday, November 10 | 1:00 p.m. (GMT)

Where: Resilience Hub

Organizers: Climate and Development Knowledge Network, the Resilience Knowledge Coalition and the Adaptation Research Alliance

The session will be hosted by the Climate and Development Knowledge Network, the Resilience Knowledge Coalition and the Adaptation Research Alliance - three major global initiatives that seek to ensure that action to enhance adaptation and support resilience stems from a robust foundation of research, knowledge and learning. These three initiatives will share their different but complementary approaches to ensure adaptation action is locally-led and able to tackle the challenges of climate change in the 21st century.

The expected outcomes are to explore innovative approaches for moving knowledge into action; to examine new platforms for establishing researcher-practitioner linkages; to identify approaches for sharing local knowledge and surfacing expertise and leadership from vulnerable communities; and to understand practical entry points for engagement with these three initiatives.

Amplifying Networks for Collective Capacity-building

When: Wednesday, November 10 | 5:00 p.m. (GMT)

Where: 3rd Capacity-building Hub 

Organizer: UNFCCC and PCCB

This session aims to showcase the experience of the PCCB Network and its members. Through engaging with different members, their networks, and the audience, the aim is to invite people to join the PCCB Network and enhance such synergies and collaboration opportunities. Finally, through the forward-looking exploration of how networks can be mobilized to build capacities to facilitate the coherent implementation of NDCs and the SDGs, the aim is to inspire members and the audience to mobilize the best practices and experiences shared during the session towards meaningful climate action.