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Joint Principles for Adaptation

A civil society initiative to promote effective and equitable adaptation to climate change

The Joint Principles for Adaptation (JPA) is a statement by civil society organizations from across the world on what they consider to be a benchmark for good adaptation planning and implementation. It is a tool for ensuring that national policies and plans meet the needs and fulfill the rights of the most vulnerable people to adapt to climate change.

The JPA was developed over 2014 and 2015 by civil society networks working on climate change from Africa, Asia and Latin America, under the Southern Voices on Adaptation (SVA) project.  The JPA has evolved over time, having undergone several revisions after testing in twelve countries and feedback from different stakeholders. The present version 3 was finalized in November 2015.