“Adapting and Living below 2oC: bridging gaps in policies and practices” call for harnessing more local involvement in integrated adaptation planning, providing access to relevant sources of financing and technologies, provisioning coherent capacity building, involving private sector, and tapping knowledge networks including the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) for replicable adaptation measures and collective learning to support effective and inclusive adaptation planning and implementation.
Participants, including government officials and climate finance experts, of the USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific supported 10th Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) Exchange Series agreed that countries need to build up their skills to prepare good project proposals in order to better access climate change adaptation financing.
This report aims to fill a need for the latest thinking on climate change adaptation (CCA) in the Asia-Pacific region, thus the members of the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN)* produced this report titled Emerging Climate Change Adaptation Issues in the Asia-Pacific Region to address pertinent and relevant issues in the region and sub-regions. This report aims to raising awareness and building the capacity of policymakers to deal with CCA.
The 9th Exchange Series " “What Are Your Adaptation Priorities?” was raised by Dr. Peter King on 5 August 2015 to engage the APAN climate change adaptation community in Asia and the Pacific. The Exchange period lasted approximately 2 weeks. The e-discussion report is available for download via the link below.
Culminating the email discussion, a ‘live’ online chat session was also held on 19 August 2015 that drew over 25 participants – from Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Marshall Islands, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the UK, and the US.
The 8th Exchange on “Financing Urban Adaptation and Resilience” was raised by Dr. Peter King on 16 June 2015 to engage the APAN climate change adaptation community in Asia and the Pacific. The Exchange period lasted approximately 2 weeks. The e-discussion report is available for download via the link below.
Culminating the email discussion, a ‘live’ online chat session was also held on 26 June 2015 that drew over 25 participants virtually from Germany, India, Philippines, Thailand, and the United States.
The 7th APAN Exchange was raised by Dr. Peter King on 12 Mar 2015 to engage the APAN climate change adaptation community in Asia and the Pacific. The Exchange period lasted approximately two weeks (12 Mar 2015 – 27 Mar 2015).
Dr. King is the Adaptation Project Preparation and Finance Team Leader for the USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific project. He is also the Senior Policy Advisor at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Regional Centre based in Bangkok, Thailand.
Climate change adaptation (CCA) and disaster risk reduction (DRR) have emerged as two most important disciplines out of our efforts of addressing the impacts associated with climate change and nature disasters. DRR has long history, took several years to emerge as a discipline out of centuries of responding to natural disasters and has received much needed impetus only after the Johannesburg Plan of Action has called for mainstreaming DRR into development in 2002.
Climate variability and weather fluctuations are important risk factors in crop production. They have caused reduced yields and significant reduction in crop production throughout Southeast Asia. As a risk management strategy, crop insurance has been promoted in risk-prone areas in the region to reduce the adverse impacts of climate hazards. However, crop insurance products have not been very popular among farmers and crop growers due to limited coverage amidst high premium as well as apparent subjectivity and bias in crop damage assessment.
It is well accepted that adaptation is the key to mitigating and reducing climate change effects. Although the impacts of climate change continue to increase in mountain areas, there is a lack of knowledge and information about the various adaptation practices (incorporating both science and traditional knowledge) being implemented by societies, institutions, and individuals in the mountains. Accordingly, there is a need to identify the issues and gaps in relation to adaptation in the mountains in the Asia Pacific region and beyond.
In the context of river management, rivers are susceptible to both natural and human-induced impacts. At the same time, rivers can pose several challenges and can be very destructive if not managed properly. In order to reduce risks to human health, food security, environmental services, as well as social and economic development, there is a need to manage disaster risks and hazards in river systems.
The Asia Pacific Adaptation Network, jointly with the Korea Adaptation Center for Climate Change under the Korea Environment Institute, organised the 6th International Symposium on Climate Change Adaptation on 8 July 2014 in Songdo, Republic of Korea. The symposium was hosted by the Ministry of Environment of Korea.
This one-day event brought together over 200 international and national adaptation experts, policy-makers, researchers, practitioners, and media.
Agricultural and rural development are among the primary engines for Southeast Asia’s growth. Challenges confronting these sectors call for a regular venue for knowledge and experience sharing within the region to help inform policymaking and action as well as to facilitate regional cooperation. Knowledge sharing also helps foster wider dissemination and application of good practices by farmers, enterprises, and civil society organisations toward improved productivity, efficiency, and effectiveness.
All five countries in Central Asia are vulnerable to climate change and face common climate challenges that impact social, economic and environmental development. The emerging climate change impacts in Central Asia are becoming well-recognised and the countries are focusing on reducing vulnerability and moving towards climate-resilient development. Acknowledging that climate risks cut across borders of Central Asian countries, a number of studies and assessments have been performed over the past few years.
Disasters affect lives and infrastructure. Because of disasters, infrastructures built over the years often do not fully fulfill their intended services. Affected countries oftentimes have to restart their development by diverting funds and aid money to get them ‘back on track’ toward economic and social development. South Asia is highly vulnerable to climate change impacts. Climate change not only adversely affects water resources but also makes the region vulnerable to various hydrological shocks.
The ASEAN region is not without agricultural technological innovations. Outstanding examples of technological innovations—hardware, software, and orgware—are being adopted by ASEAN nations.
The 6th Exchange on “GCF Capitalization and the Prospects for a Successful 2015 Climate Deal” was raised by Dr. Peter King on 2 December 2014 to engage the APAN climate change adaptation community in Asia and the Pacific. The Exchange period lasted approximately five weeks. The e-discussion report is available for download via the link below.
The unique role of agriculture in development—our primary food source, significant potential for GHG mitigation, and its sensitivity to climate change—entails that innovations in technology and practice be enabled and diffused locally and appropriately to respond to climate change. Innovative technologies and practices may come from reinventing indigenous knowledge to suit the times or using new widespread and accepted media such as ICT.
The 4th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum was organised by the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), a collaborative network between the United Nations Environment Programme, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific, and the Stockholm Environment Institute.
This report provides a summary of the activities of APAN from January- December 2013. During 2013, APAN enhanced its operations through the Regional Hub (RH) and the Secretariat of the Steering Committee (SC) with the support from partners. In addition, APAN organised various training workshops and conferences to contribute to build capacities for climate adaptation.