The National Adaptive Capacity Framework (NAC)
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The World Resources Institute (WRI) and partners have developed the NAC, which identifies a fundamental set of functions that all countries will need to perform to effectively adapt to climate change. The framework can be used to assess how well the functions are being performed, in order to identify opportunities and priorities for building adaptive capacity and implementing key activities. It also helps identify the strengths and gaps in a country’s adaptation system.
The framework is based on the assumption that, while each country will need to adapt based on its specific context, there are a few “adaptation functions” that all countries will need to perform. The framework incorporates adaptation functions such as assessment, prioritization, coordination, information management, and climate risk reduction.
It comprises a comprehensive analysis of National Adaptation Functions that could support in country planning and capacity building processes. Each set of capacity function is accompanied by capacity questions and elements to look for. This enables users to gather information and evidence and decide whether each element is present and whether it is adequately addressed in their country. The framework incorporates assessment of biophysical, socio-economic and political issues that are pertinent to effective integration of adaptation. It also takes into consideration the cost and benefit analysis of adaptation.
Use it to:
Examine opportunities and barriers to adaptation.
Identify target issues for advocacy.
Help in identifying priority areas for capacity building of national government stakeholders.
Further information and updates: www.wri.org/project/vulnerability-and-adaptation/nac-framework
Looks only at the functions and not at the capacities and assets which would be needed to undertake them.
Only applicable at national level-doesn’t assist with local level planning.