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The JPA have been updated in a final version to be presented in Paris at the COP21, based on inputs by Southern Voices partner networks and the advisory board. Read about the updated JPA here.

Compared to the previous version 2, there are only a few changes to version 3.  

See them here in the final version 3 – including track changes to compare with JPA version 2.


The most important changes are the following:

  • Criterion A1 now emphasizes that the involvement of multiple stakeholders is important also in the implementation and monitoring of adaptation policies.
  • Principle B now covers All funds for adaptation– and not only Public funds - in its ask that they should be utilized efficiently and managed with integrity.
  • Criterion C2 now emphasizes that both “Existing initiatives and sector plans” are enhanced to take climate change and disaster risk” into account.
  • Criterion E4 now emphasizes that initiatives should be “protecting people’s livelihoods”.
  • A new criterion F4 stresses that capacity building should contribute to empowering both individuals and communities.
  • In Principle G, criterion 1 and 2 are now amended, ensuring that plans and policies also take into account the exposure to climate related stresses and extremes – and are based on both science and evidence from the ground.


Keep the JPA simple and accessible

The updated version 3 is based on a number of inputs and suggestions from partner networks in Nicaragua, Malawi, Cambodia and Sri Lanka and the SVA-advisory board. The SVA Coordination group – which consist of the three regional facilitators and Secretariat - decided to capture the essence in proposals for new criteria and wording – by minor changes and additions to the existing principles. The idea is to keep the JPA as simple as possible and not make it more complex than it already is.

For a closer presentation of the rationale behind the changes, please see the SVA – discussion forum here.

To make the JPA more user friendly, summary titles have been added to each principle – and the seven principles are presented in a diagram of seven circles – each contributing to the achievement of equitable adaptation policies.

For COP21, a new publication is available: “Putting Principles into Practice - Civil society experiences from across the world of using the Joint Principles for Adaptation”.

An updated version of the JPA Assessment Tool is now available. Download the tool here. 


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