GERICS Colloquium September 1

A Global Open NAP

Lecturer: Dr. Paul V. Desanker / Manager, Response Subdivision, Adaptation Division, United Nations Climate Change Secretariat


An Open NAP is a national adaptation plan that is built on best available science and is co-produced through crowd-sourcing of various experts and stakeholders. What would a global Open NAP look like? Both in terms of a generic NAP for any country, but more interestingly, what would a global adaptation plan look like? I will present results of a thought process on these two that we have been working on, and how the global plan can be advanced. The technical approach builds on a systems approach to adaptation, and provides interesting insights into common assumptions about adaptation, such as what does it mean when we say adaptation is local? How should we assemble scientific information to best support the practice of adaptation? What data are needed for risk generating mechanisms?