Synthesis Report on outcomes and good practices from APAN organised capacity building training workshops (2010-2015)
The mission of the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) is to build climate change resilient and sustainable human systems, ecosystems and economies through the mobilisation of knowledge, enhanced institutional capacity & informed decision making‐processes, and facilitated access to finance and technologies. Hence building the capacity of policy makers is one of the core activities undertaken by APAN since its inception. The APAN has organised 22 capacity building training workshops in the Asia Pacific region with partner organisations and APAN sub- regional nodes and thematic nodes besides organising and co-organising numerous sub- regional conferences and the climate change adaptation Forum since 2010.
This report provides a synthesis of the key challenges, needs, gaps, outcomes and good practices from the capacity building training workshops. A few of the key challenges that emerged from the capacity building training workshops include lack of knowledge regarding adaptation, striking the balance between development and climate change needs, prioritisation of adaptation, setting mechanism to mobilise collective action on adaptation at the sub- regional level, mainstreaming adaptation in sectoral policies and plans, and securing adequate finances for implementing adaptation projects and plans.
Adaptation needs identified include enhanced knowledge on climate adaptation and its interlinkages with disaster risk reduction; integrated development planning; lack of technical capacity to collect, interpret and downscale climate data and models for better planning and preparedness; capacity development to formulate proposal for fund raising and adaptation plans; and need for sustainable development strategy that promotes improved governance, economic growth, poverty reduction & improved resource management.
A few of the good practices shared include community involvement in risk management by introducing new methods in agriculture practices in Kazakhstan, adaptation strategy based on biodiversity and ecosystem service in Bhutan, agro farming in Mongolia, and the Pacific Adaptation to Climate Change (PACC) project in Tuvalu.