Climate change impacts can extend beyond the places where they occur, indirectly affecting other countries through shared natural resources, global supply chains and trade, and the flow of people and finance around the world.

In crafting their countries’ National Adaptation Plans (NAPs), decision-makers should thus consider not only direct impacts, but also indirect ones. A simple framework described in this policy brief can help them identify and explore key indirect impacts, which can be incorporated into NAPs using existing frameworks.

Identifying and addressing indirect impacts will help countries to improve the effectiveness of their adaptation plans, uncover specific opportunities for synthesis with other countries, improve regional cooperation, and highlight how adaptation at the national level can improve overall regional and global resilience.

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