The National Adaptive Capacity (NAC) framework helps national institutions evaluate and improve their capacity to perform functions necessary for adaptation to climate change.
Effective institutions are at the heart of our ability to respond to growing climate risks. Governments and other national-level institutions can play a critical role in increasing society’s capacity to adjust (i.e., “adaptive capacity”) as conditions shift and new climate change knowledge emerges.
The National Adaptive Capacity (NAC) framework evaluates national institutions’ performance of key functions critical to adaptation and provides a practical approach for planning through the identification of specific gaps in capacity that can be filled through investment and action.
Use the framework
The NAC framework can be used to identify opportunities and priorities for building adaptive capacity and implementing key activities. After a period of time, it can be used again to evaluate progress. Planners, evaluators, and civil society advocates may find it useful in their adaptation efforts.
Use the tools here to begin applying the NAC framework in your country:
Read the report
Ready or Not, our report on the pilot applications of the NAC framework in Bolivia, Ireland, and Nepal, suggests that the framework is useful across a range of countries and that it can be tailored to specific country contexts. The pilots used the NAC framework:
Read the report for more information.
The NAC framework is built on a wealth of experience developed by WRI and our partners during past work on helping countries assess their readiness to adapt.
Take a look at some of the work that has informed the development of the NAC: