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The Joint Principles for Adaptation is used by SVA-partners in many ways - no doubt the tool has more blades that have not yet been unfolded.
Since the Joint Principles for Adaptation were first prepared in April 2014, they have been tested by partner networks in over 12 countries in the Southern Voices on Adaptation project.
The report Putting Principles into Practice- published just ahead of COP21 in Paris, shares the experiences of the variety of ways the JPA has been used to promote pro-poor adaptation plans and policies.
The concise 24-page report provides an overview of the process so far, comparing the original theory of the JPA with how it has been applied in practice. It also looks at the assessments SVA-partner networks have prepared of adaptation policies using the JPA-tool – indicating which of the adaptation principles fare well - and less well in the public policies analyzed.

Interspersed throughout the publication is a selection of stories from different SVA partners that illustrate different ways in which the JPA have been used so far, to demonstrate the value and versatility of this tool, and hopefully to inspire readers to try it in their own context. Evidently each one of the stories can be used to illustrate more than one use of the JPA (see illustration).
In Sri Lanka, the JPA has been used by the National Expert Committee on Adaptation as input for influencing the draft National Adaptation Plan (NAP) and was proposed as a key tool for civil society to exercise its function in monitoring and evaluating this plan.
In Ghana, the JPA are now used at the district level to engage the Municipal and Metropolitan Chief Executives on climate change, and to guide them in the development of action plans towards prioritizing climate change adaptation initiatives.
Besides the SVA partners, a number of external networks and organizations have adopted the JPA, customizing it when necessary for their own circumstances. For example, the Adaptation Fund NGO Network, coordinated by Germanwatch, has recently published a guide – “Adaptation: Get the Connection” – on how to track adaptation funding and the progress of different adaptation initiatives in a country. And in Africa, CARE’s Adaptation Learning and Advocacy Programme is making use of the JPA in its advocacy work, and have introduced the principles to the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), which manage finance from the UN Adaptation Fund; NEMA has now taken the JPA on board as a useful checklist to share with the 11 executing entities as they implement the work.

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