Bridging the Gap: A Role for Business in Climate Change Adaptation, 14 February 2011
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As part of the Regional Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform for Asia’s continued efforts to promote dialogue and improve exchange of knowledge, experience and tools, we are pleased to invite you to the fourth bimonthly Knowledge Sharing & Learning Seminars: “Bridging the Gap: A Role for Business in Climate Change Adaptation”.Whilst there are increasing and encouraging efforts of businesses across the Asia Pacific region to invest in communities and proactively contribute to devising solutions to sustainability challenges, a lack of clarity persists over the role of the private sector in sustainable development in general and climate change adaptation in particular.Adaptation experts and practitioners as well as businesses and their stakeholders across the Asia Pacific region are still struggling to determine how the private sector can best be engaged to effectively contribute to climate change adaptation.At the same time the magnitude of the challenges that the region will face from the effects of a changing climate will mean that all actors, public and private, will need to contribute to effective resilience building. They will need to work together to implement strategies that enhance adaptive capacities to safeguard societies and markets and ensure that efforts for poverty alleviation and sustainable development are not jeopardized by the effects of climate change.This Learning and Sharing seminar will present findings of a study on harnessing the innovative capacity of the private sector for climate change adaptation conducted by CSR Asia and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency SIDA. The session will bring adaptation experts, development practitioners, International Organizations, government officials and NGOs together with business representatives to discuss current barriers for business engagement as well as gaps and mismatches in expectations and perceptions of the role of the private sector. It will seek to deliberate opportunities for strategic partnerships and discuss approaches likely to be most successful in leveraging the private sector’s involvement.The aim of the seminar will be to create a platform for dialogue on needs, opportunities, and expectations for the role of the private sector in climate change adaptation, and align efforts to effectively join forces on tackling one of the biggest challenges for the region.