NAP Global Network at Adaptation Futures 2023

The 7th biennial Adaptation Futures conference will bring together researchers, policy-makers, practitioners, industry representatives, and communicators in Montreal, Canada, and online to connect and share expertise about climate change adaptation.  

IISD—which hosts the secretariat for the NAP Global Network—is proud to be a partner of the conference, with our Associate Vice-President, Resilience, Anne Hammill, acting as co-chair. Experts attending the conference will explore new and emerging themes in global adaptation, expand the reach of their knowledge and support on key adaptation topics (including NAP processes), and draw key connections between adaptation in Canada and internationally. 

NAP Global Network Events at AF2023

Don’t miss the sessions we are attending or co-hosting during the conference. All times listed below are local. 


Multilevel Adaptation Governance in Dealing With Multiple Risks and Enabling Climate Action at Subnational Levels

Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Time: 2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Location: Room 520A (Session #138)

Lead organizers: University of Regina, NAP Global Network/IISD

In recent years, there has been an increase in the establishment of multilevel governance mechanisms for climate adaptation action. However, there is still limited research on the role of multilevel mechanisms in adaptation governance. 

The objectives of this session are two-fold. On the one hand, we will share experiences on the role that different multilevel governance frameworks and institutions can play in enhancing participation in the adaptation processes. On the other, we will explore inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to co-construct evidence that can help clarify and overcome governance gaps.  


What Is Effective Adaptation, for Whom, and How Do We Know? Findings from adaptation policies, NAPs, and M&E on vulnerability assessments, measurement, and effectiveness

Date: Tuesday, October 3, 2023

Time: 2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Location: Room 522 (Session #392)

Lead organizer: Perspectives Climate Group GmbH

Adaptation is required to tackle climate change’s widespread, rapid, and intensifying impacts. It is equally important that the success or failure of such adaptation is monitored and evaluated. This ensures that the adaptation is effective and reaches especially those most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. One of the questions to be answered in this session is: How can progress reporting enhance the implementation and effectiveness of national adaptation plans (NAPs), and what can be learned from existing practices?

The NAP Global Network Secretariat will detail the findings from an analysis of existing NAP progress reports, highlighting how progress reporting strengthens the NAP process, supports decision making, increases transparency, and aids in the identification of implementation barriers and opportunities. Furthermore, it will provide practical guidance and examples of good practices to assist countries in making it an inherent part of their NAP process. In addition, the Network will introduce its new report, Reporting on Progress in National Adaptation Plan Processes: An Analysis.


Accountability & Learning | Emilie Beauchamp, Lead, MEL for climate change adaptation, IISD

Reporting on Progress in National Adaptation Plan Processes | Shafaq Masud, NAP Global Network



Integrating Adaptation Into Business Strategies: Tools, lessons learned, and public-private articulation opportunities from a LAC perspective

Date: Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Time: 2:00 p.m.–3:30 p.m.

Location: Room 520A (Session #525)

Lead organizers: EUROCLIMA (GIZ/CLACDS-INCAE), NAP Global Network/IISD

Climate change can present a threat to companies’ operations and supply chains; impact the jobs, goods, and services they provide; and bring about new business opportunities. As a result, it is critical for companies to integrate climate change adaptation into their corporate strategies.

Building on the work of the Community of Practice on Public-Private Sector Articulation for Climate Action in Latin America and the Caribbean (ArticuLAC) and the NAP Global Network, this hybrid session will discuss tools available and practical examples of companies from diverse industries incorporating climate scenarios and multiple risk analyses into their decision-making processes for transformative adaptation and long-term resilience. 


Private Sector Engagement in NAP Processes | Alec Crawford, Nature for Resilience, IISD

Private Sector Engagement in National Adaptation Plan Processes | Mauricio Luna Rodríguez, NAP Global Network, IISD



Shaping the Future of Adaptation Monitoring, Evaluation, and Learning: New insights, tools, and opportunities for overcoming challenges and constraints

Date: Thursday, October 5, 2023

Time: 8:30 a.m.–10:00 a.m.

Location: Room 520F (Session #649)

Lead organizers: UNFCCC, NAP Global Network/IISD, OECD

December 2023 marks the end of the first Global Stocktake, the mechanism established to assess progress toward the long-term goals of the Paris Agreement. Monitoring, evaluation, and learning (MEL) of adaptation action is fundamental to creating the evidence needed to develop effective adaptation action, inform national adaptation planning, and hold all actors responsible for adaptation commitments. 

This session will present the findings of the study on developing and applying MEL systems at the national and subnational levels, carried out by the UNFCCC Adaptation Committee, the NAP Global Network, and the OECD. 


Developing a Toolkit for MEL of national adaptation planning processes | Emilie Beauchamp, Lead, MEL for climate change adaptation, IISD



What Science Doesn’t Say: Implementing vulnerability assessments as part of the NAP process

Date: Thursday, October 5,  2023

Time: 2:30 p.m.–4:00 p.m.

Location: Room Agora (Session #689)

Lead organizer: NAP Global Network/IISD

Vulnerability risk assessments (VRAs) are an essential tool to help assess the potential stresses and impacts on a social-ecological system resulting from climate change and can, therefore, help implement effective strategies to adapt to change. 

This session aims to explore the NAP Global Network’s past experiences in supporting VRAs to highlight and bridge the gaps between academic and on-the-ground practices in implementing VRAs in national adaptation planning. It will explore what the theoretical VRAs present and how they can be tailored to be implemented successfully. 

What Science Doesn’t Say: Conducting vulnerability assessments at the sub-national level as part of Ghana’s NAP process | Emilie Beauchamp and Shafaq Masud, NAP Global Network

What Science Doesn’t Say: Conducting vulnerability assessments at the sub-national level as part of Ghana’s NAP process | Antwi-Boasiako Amoah, Ghana

Évaluation de la vulnérabilité dans le cadre du processus d’analyse des politiques au Sénégal exemple du secteur agricole | Dibor Sarr, Sénégal

What Science Doesn’t Say: Implementing vulnerability assessments as part of the NAP process. Case study of Burkina Faso | Ouezzin Jean David Coulibaly, Climate Analytics Africa




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