Peer Learning Forum: Transitioning from Planning to Implementation in the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Process 

Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe | February 27-29, 2024

Experts and government representatives from 15 countries—Antigua and Barbuda, Armenia, Bhutan, Cambodia, Colombia, Ethiopia, Grenada, Kenya, Lesotho, Liberia, Namibia, Paraguay, Saint Lucia, Timor Leste, and Zambia—convened in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, to share lessons and experiences on the transition from planning to implementation in the national adaptation plan (NAP) process.

Co-hosted by the NAP Global Network and the Government of Zimbabwe, with funding from the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), this Peer Learning Forum brought together national climate change decision-makers to

  • Assess if the prerequisites for implementing national adaptation priorities strategically are in place and identify gaps.  
  • Better understand how to develop projects and programs in a timely, coordinated and efficient manner to address national adaptation priorities.   
  • Understand how to strengthen the enabling environment for implementing national adaptation priorities. 

Perspectives and guidance were offered by experts and partners from the Least Developed Countries Expert Group (LEG), the African Development Bank, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. 

The presentations and photos from this forum are available below. For more information, read our press release or media coverage from The Sunday News, The Chronicle, and BNN Correspondents.


Peer Learning Forum | Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

Day 1 | February 27

The forum was opened with welcome remarks by representatives of the Government of Zimbabwe, NAP Global Network Secretariat (IISD), and the Least Developed Countries Expert Group. Discussions during the forum focused on making national adaptation priorities implementation-ready, a topic explored through through interactive activities, technical presentations, and a self-assessment exercise.  


Introduction to NAP Global Network & Peer Learning Forums | Orville Grey, NAP Global Network


Understanding the Transition from Planning to Implementation (P2I) | Orville Grey, NAP Global Network  


Self-assessment: Planning to implementation in the NAP process + integrating gender and social inclusion (GESI) | Anne Hammill, NAP Global Network

Day 2 | February 28

The second day of the forum focused on to developing adaptation projects and programs strategically, with an emphasis on adaptation investment planning.  

The NAP Global Network shared its new resource, the Inventory of Innovative Financial Instruments for Climate Change Adaptation, which provides information on a range of innovative financial instruments that have been used, or potentially could be used, to finance the implementation of climate change adaptation measures, including the national priorities identified in NAPs.

Developing projects and programs in a strategic manner: Adaptation Investment Planning | Deborah Murphy and Maribel Hernandez, NAP Global Network


Adaptation Investment Financing in Africa: African Development Bank’s Approach | Dr Olufunso Somorin, AfDB


National Adaptation Planning for Antigua & Barbuda | Teneisha Smith and Sherwyn Greenidge, Antigua & Barbuda


Climate Adaptation Investment Framework | Michael Mullan, OECD

Day 3 | February 29

The third and final day of the forum focused on strengthening the enabling environment for implementation of NAPs, with an emphasis on interactive activities, open space discussions, and finalizing the self-assessment exercise.  


Enabling factors for the transition from planning to implementation in the NAP process | NAP Global Network