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Southern Voices on Adaptation (SVAdapt) was initiated in early 2014 and builds on the achievement of the SVAdapt focuses on strengthening civil society in advocacy on climate change policies – but with a thematic focus on adaptation to climate change, and with the main focus on policy processes at the national level.

Civil society will share their experience from working with local communities and apply this knowledge to assist an international network provide useful recommendations to national governments.

The overall strategy is to link actors engaged in national advocacy on adaptation policies together by producing a common code of practice – the Joint Principles for Adaptation, which is developed to serve as a benchmark for good adaptation policies.
 
It is hoped that by using the JPA, the SVAdapt project can develop a common language and set of experiences between communities, donors, government departments, the private sector and politicians.
 
The practical set-up
  • Funding of this phase is from DANIDA, but through the Danida funded Climate and Development Fund of CISU
  • The consortium comprises of three Danish NGOs: DanChurchAid, Ibis and CARE Danmark.
  • The project supports 12 Southern civil society networks – of which 9 participated in the previous phase, while 6 are new partners selected through a call for proposals in July 2014Read more about the selection of new partners
 
The Joint Principles for Adaptation
The Joint Principles for Adaptation (JPA) were initially developed through a series of national and regional workshops which produced a Draft Zero that listed minimum benchmarks for good adaptation planning to occur.
 
In April 2014, the list was refined at an international workshop held in Kathmandu to produce Version 1.0 of the JPA, which was more targeted in its focus and approach.
 
Of importance to SVAdapt partners was the flexibility in allowing the JPA to be adjusted to country-specific stages of climate change policy development. To meet this requirement, the JPA is structured so that it can be used in a combination of any of three ways:
 
  1. To set advocacy objectives for civil society, by identifying necessary changes to national and international policy and practice; (advocacy mode)
  2. To promote civil society dialogue with government by providing a common language for ongoing dialogue between civil society organisations, government and other stakeholders; (dialogue mode)
  3. To determine capacity building needs of public institutions (capacity-building mode)
To ensure its viability as a tool to assist civil society assess the status of national adaptation policies and planning in their countries, the JPA is guided by a set of seven principles, each with a subset of qualifying criteria.
 

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