Assessing the process and options for implementing National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPA): a case study from Burkina Faso

  • Fobissie Blese Kalame
  • Denboy Kudejira
  • Johnson Nkem
Original Article


The vulnerability of developing countries to the impacts of climate change has raised awareness of the need for international mechanisms to support adaptation initiatives (IPCC 2001, 2007). The aim of National Adaptation Programmes of Action (NAPAs), whose origins lie in Article 4 of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), is to require Non-Annex 1 Parties to formulate national and regional programs to facilitate measures for adequate adaptation to climate change (FAO 2007; Brown and Crawford 2008). Non-Annex 1 Parties include Least Developed Countries (LDCs). Unlike Annex 1 countries, LDCs are not bound by emission reduction targets because of their relatively low contribution to past and current global greenhouse gas emissions (UN 1992). The Sixth Conference of the Parties of the UNFCCC (COP6) established the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF) to support LDCs in identifying their most urgent adaptation needs by preparing NAPAs (Mace 2005;...


Burkina Faso Climate change adaptation Ecosystem-based adaptation NAPA Participation Vulnerable groups 



Research for this article was supported by the Tropical Forest and Climate Change Adaptation project (TroFCCA) of the Center for International Forest Research (CIFOR) funded by the European Union. The content of this document is the sole responsibility of the authors and can under no circumstances be regarded as reflecting the position of the European Union or CIFOR. The authors thank all those who participated in the research and the anonymous reviewers for commenting on earlier drafts.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fobissie Blese Kalame
    • 1
  • Denboy Kudejira
    • 2
  • Johnson Nkem
    • 3
  1. 1.Viikki Tropical Resources Institute (VITRI), Department of Forest SciencesUniversity of Helsinki FinlandLatokartanonkaari 7Finland
  2. 2.Heller School for Social Policy and Management, Brandeis UniversityWalthamUSA
  3. 3.United Nations Development Programme, United Nations Office in Nairobi GigiriNairobiKenya

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