About this Tool

About TAAN and its methodology

The Tool for Assessing Adaptation in the NDCs (TAAN) is an interactive knowledge platform that aims to provide an overview of and detailed information on the adaptation content of countries’ Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs). Under the Paris Agreement parties agreed to periodically update their adaptation measures and communicate them, among other documents, through their NDCs.

The TAAN collects adaptation objectives, priorities and key sectors as well as countries’ adaptation measures as indicated in their NDCs. Hereby, the TAAN focuses on specific parts/chapters that have been dedicated to adaptation in the NDCs, which is also understood in this tool as the adaptation component. Dependent on the adaptation component numerous categories are either further analysed or not, if no specific part/chapter was assigned to the adaptation topic.

For example, if a submitted NDC has an adaptation component all sector-specific information on agriculture, biodiversity & ecosystems, water and health are analysed. Dependent on whether further sector-specific information (e.g. Biodiversity & Ecosystems) is given, even more detailed categories (e.g. Nature-based solutions/Ecosystem-based adaptation) are assessed. This methodology allows to collect relevant and comprehensive qualitative as well as quantitative adaptation data, but also has its limitations because of the overall dependency on the existency of an adaptation component as such.

Quotations used in the TAAN are chosen according to their ability to represent contents of the NDC in a short and accurate way. Therefore, TAAN does not aim to present a comprehensive overview of all information on adaptation in the NDCs and does not make a claim to completeness, freedom of error or the possibility of misinterpretation of the data presented in the tool.

The tool is updated on an ongoing basis. Please feel free to share any feedback and support regarding the further development and improvement of the TAAN!

The TAAN was developed by the Climate Policy Support Programme (CPSP) of the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and is managed by Janna Frischen and Jonas Pollig. The data analysis and information processing has been supported by MACS Energy & Water, AKRYL digital agency and EBP.

Why should you use the TAAN?

The TAAN provides comprehensive qualitative as well as quantitative data which allows you to explore the content of and the differences between all NDCs and their adaptation content. You can compare measures planned by different countries and access various key statistics. The tool provides a variety of valuable insights for all interested parties such as policymakers, technical experts, civil society and academia.

How can you use this tool?

You can use the TAAN in multiple ways. The TAAN is divided in four main sections:

  1. Quick Facts: Click through a general overview of the NDC cosmos and find relevant background information on adaptation in the NDCs.
  2. Country Overview: Explore a world map to get an overview of the NDCs of different countries worldwide or explore a country in more depth by clicking on the map. This also allows you to download a comprehensive country factsheet with all relevant information.
  3. Data Insights: Explore numbers and graphs of the proposed adaptation measures for various sectors, information on gender aspects, vulnerable groups and green recovery in the Aggregated Statistics subsection (Coming soon!) or zoom in to a specific country in the Country Insights subsection, where you can compare up to three countries.
  4. NDC Enhancement: Compare the different submissions of each country to analyse whether the country seems to have raised its ambition.

The tool is optimised to be used in the following browsers: Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox, Safari and Microsoft Edge. We recommend avoiding the use of Internet Explorer or other browsers because a user-friendly visualisation cannot be guaranteed. Furthermore, we recommend using a laptop or computer for accessing this website rather than a smartphone or tablet.

Where does the TAAN get its data from and how should it be cited?

First of all, we are very pleased that you find the data from TAAN useful. Please cite as follows:

The TAAN builds on the analysis of two categories of data:

The main part of the TAAN builds on NDC submissions, which are provided by governments to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and other publicly available data.

For further information or usage of the respective NDC submissions or NAPs please refer to:

  • INDCs: UNFCCC, 2021. INDCs as communicated by Parties. Available at: https://www4.unfccc.int/sites/submissions/INDC/Submission%20Pages/submissions.aspx
  • NDCs: UNFCCC, 2021. NDC Registry (interim). Available at: https://www4.unfccc.int/sites/NDCStaging/Pages/All.aspx
  • NAPs: UNFCCC, 2021. National Adaptation Plans. Available at: https://www4.unfccc.int/sites/NAPC/News/Pages/national_adaptation_plans.aspx


Furthermore, several indices are provided by institutions such as the World Bank, the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK), non-governmental organisations such as Germanwatch and initiatives such as the Notre Dame Global Adaptation Initiative.

If you use any of the information or data which is derived from any of these external sources, please cite:

  • GDP data: World Bank, 2021. GDP (current international USD), GDP per capita (current international USD). Available at: https://databank.worldbank.org/reports.aspx?source=world-development-indicators
  • GHG emissions: Gütschow, J.; Günther, A.; Pflüger, M. (2021): The PRIMAP-hist national historical emissions time series (1750-2019). v2.3.1. zenodo. https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5494497
  • PIK Climate Risk Analyses and Climate Risk Profiles: Adaptation Community, 2021. AGRICA Project: Working with science for a better understanding of climate risks. Available at: https://www.adaptationcommunity.net/climate-risk-assessment-management/agrica-project-cra-crp/
  • Population data: World Bank, 2021. Population, total. Available at: https://databank.worldbank.org/reports.aspx?source=world-development-indicators
  • Vulnerability indices
    • Global Climate Risk Indices: Germanwatch, 2021. Global Climate Risk Index. Available at: https://www.germanwatch.org/en/cri
    • INFORM Risk Index: European Commission – Joint Research Centre, 2021. Inform Risk. Available at: https://drmkc.jrc.ec.europa.eu/inform-index/INFORM-Risk/Results-and-data/moduleId/1782/id/386/controller/Admin/action/Results
    • ND-Gain Country Indices: University of Notre Dame, 2021. Country Index. Available at: https://gain.nd.edu/our-work/country-index/

World Map Disclaimer: The presentation of the world map and its content does not imply the expression of any opinion whatsoever on the part of CPSP concerning the legal status of any country, area or territory or of its authorities, or concerning the delimitation of its borders. The depiction and use of boundaries, geographic names and related data on this website are not warranted to be error free nor do they necessarily imply official endorsement or acceptance by the CPSP.

How frequently is the TAAN updated?

The TAAN is updated on a regular basis. All information related to the UNFCCC submissions are updated as new NDCs are submitted to the UNFCCC NDC registry.

All data, which is integrated in TAAN from above external sources, is updated periodically or at least once per year if new data is available on the respective websites. The current version of the TAAN was last updated in August 2022.

Contact us

You would like to share your thoughts on TAAN, have suggestions for further improvement or found a discrepancy in the data? Please feel free to get in touch with Janna Frischen (janna.frischen@giz.de) or Jonas Pollig (jonas.pollig@giz.de).