The Joint Principles for Adaptation
The basic idea of this project is that the advocacy by civil society for pro-poor adaptation policies will be strengthened if they work together across countries. Most governments in the Global South will be developing National Adaptation Plans or other adaptation policies, and civil society are engaging in the process everywhere. The Southern Voices on Adaptation will develop and test the Joint Principles for Adaptation (JPA) o become code of practice on what constitutes good national policies for adaptation to climate change in the Global South. These JPA will become a tool for cooperation and information sharing between civil society networks and governments in countries with different geographic, climatic and political realities.
Civil society have a great deal of experience on the ground from working with local communities affected by climate change. By working together in civil society networks they can join the often scattered and piecemeal experiences, and provide useful input and recommendations for national governments and policies.
Implementation by civil society networks
Like its preceding phase, Southern Voices will continue to be a coalition of civil society networks from different countries that have been working to influence international climate change negotiations since COP15 in Copenhagen. The networks already involved in the project have been part of the Southern Voices programme since 2011, which focused on strengthening the capacity of southern civil society organisations to engage in advocacy on climate change policies. The networks all have a track record in mobilising civil society to influence adaptation policies to benefit the poor and vulnerable.
- Malawi – Civil Society Network on Climate Change (CISONECC)
- Vietnam - NGO Climate Change Working Group
- Cambodia – Cambodian Climate Change Network (CCN) and NGO Forum Cambodia
- South Asia – Climate Action South Asia (CANSA)
- Central America – Sustainability Watch (SUSWATCH)
- Nicaragua – National Alliance on Climate Change
- Bolivia – Environmental Defense League