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“The Workshop for Capacity Building on Climate Change Impact Assessments and Adaptation Planning in the Asia-Pacific Region: Toward mainstreaming of climate change adaptation” was held on 1-2 February 2017, in Manila, the Philippines. This was a follow-up event of the previous workshops focusing on “Needs and Challenges for Designing and Implementing Climate Actions” held in Bangkok, Thailand on 1-2 October 2015 (hereinafter called the Bangkok workshop) and “Technical Review of Background Assessment for Climate Change Adaptation” held in Manila, the Philippines on 27-28 January 2016 (hereinafter called the Manila workshop).

According to Technical Guidelines for the National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Process (UNFCCC, 2012) for least developed countries, the NAP process included four elements: A) Lay the Groundwork and Address Gaps (“stocktaking” stage); B) Preparatory Element (“assessment” stage); C) Implementation Strategies (“implementation” stage); and D) Reporting, Monitoring and Review (“M&E” stage). Under Element B of the NAP Process, the last two steps related more directly to the actual planning for adaptation and covered the importance for addressing communication of national adaptation planning to all stakeholders and integration of climate change adaptation (CCA) into existing national and subnational planning processes including budget allocation. Besides that, Element C with four steps, especially step four, suggested promoting coordination and synergy for implementing adaptation planning. Considering the importance of addressing the needs and challenges on technical, institutional and human capacities identified in previous two workshops, mainstreaming of adaptation planning and the CCA background assessments into national and subnational planning processes corresponded directly with those identified in steps B.4, B.5 and C.1-C.4 of the NAP process guidelines.

This workshop aimed to understand and identify key aspects for mainstreaming CCA and the necessary CCA background assessments into existing national and subnational planning processes. The expected outputs from this workshop included a better understanding and identification of key requirements and conditions for mainstreaming adaptation planning into the all levels, including the subnational. Approximately 40 participants were invited to the workshop, including those who are engaged in the field of climate change adaptation (e.g., national government officials, policy makers, practitioners, and researchers) in the Asia‐Pacific region.

For the details of the previous workshops, please see:

The Bangkok Workshop:

The Manila Workshop:

Presentation files

Day I: 1 February 2016

Session I: Current status of national-level mainstreaming, integration and coordination

Session III: Expert panel on mainstreaming and integration approaches

Session IV: Group activity

Day II: 2 February 2016

Session VI: Local-level real world case experiences on implementation

Session VII: National approaches for supporting local implementation and vertical integration


Manila, Philippines
26 October 2016

The training on "Managing Project Preparation for Climate Change Adaptation” on 6 – 10 December 2016 is a comprehensive five (5) day training program to enable government officials to prepare fundable project proposals for climate change adaptation. The training is offered jointly by The Climate Change Asia (CCA), Asian Institute of Technology.

The objectives of the course are:

  • help in understanding climate change realities and risks; how to manage risks, screen for sensitivities, and address key vulnerable groups and areas; how climate change adaptation can be grounded in national development plans and broader national adaptation policy and strategic frameworks.

  • aid in identifying sources of international funding options and develop capacities for accessing those sources.

  • build capacity in project preparation for climate change adaptation by illustrating ‘how-to’ methods, tools and processes for use in rigorous adaptation project/program design in line with policies and plans.

  • provide an introduction to Implementation and monitoring of projects.

Organizer: The Climate Change Asia (CCA) at the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) aims to meet the capacity building needs in the Asia Pacific region, in line with the Paris Agreement and 2030 Development Agenda. The overall goal of the CCA Program is to “assist countries to meet, and even surpass, the targets outlined in their INDCs by enhancing national capacities to meet diverse but specific needs—technical, institutional, and policy-related”. The Program has two broad outputs. First, to build capacities of government officials, private sector managers, NGOs and other key actors in the region in identifying and managing climate change responses, over the next five years, consistent with nationally determined contributions. Second, to translate these enhanced capacities into on-the-ground action, by equipping countries with the knowledge and skills required to prepare, secure financing for, and implement 'bankable' climate change mitigation and adaptation projects.

Target participants: The training is open to government officials that manage project proposal and development from Asia and the Pacific.

Venue: Bangkok, Thailand

Course Fee: A course fee of USD 2,500 per participant includes the training material as well as meals andrefreshments during the training. Participants are expected to make their own flight and accommodation arrangements.

Deadline for Registration: 21 November 2016

For more information regarding the training, registration and course fee payment contact


Bangkok, Thailand
17 June 2016

Registration for this workshop is now closed.

I. Aim of the Workshop

The workshop is designed to strengthen understanding of climate change risks and approaches to climate risk management in sector planning and investment projects.

Workshop participants will learn about and discuss (i) the nature of climate change risks to investment projects, including both slow onset phenomena and weather-induced extreme events, (ii) tools and methods for climate risk screening, (iii) approaches for climate risk and vulnerability assessment, (iv) identification and selection of adaptation options, including technical and economic evaluation, and (v) options for adaptation financing. Case studies will be presented to illustrate the challenges that climate change presents to specific investment projects, how these risks have been addressed in practice, and lessons learned. The training will also provide an opportunity for the participants to share their experiences in addressing climate risks in development planning and investment projects.

This workshop is offered through the capacity building program of the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), and is organized by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) together with APAN, UK Met Office, and the Climate Action Network for South Asia (CANSA).

II. Who should attend

This training is designed to meet the needs of officials and professionals involved in planning, financing and implementing public investment projects with a focus on sectoral ministries including transport, energy, water, agriculture, and urban development, and cross-sectoral ministries such as finance, and planning. This training session is offered to participants from the following South Asian countries: Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The total number of participants is anticipated to be approximately 100.

III. Workshop format

Each session of the workshop will focus on a specific aspect of the project risk management cycle. Day 1 activities will focus on applied climate science and the use of historical and model-simulated climate and hydrological information in climate impact assessment. Day 2 activities will focus on project vulnerability assessment, and Day 3 activities will emphasize identification and evaluation of adaptation options.  Ample opportunities for exchange with participants will be provided. Participants will be encouraged to share their own experience.

IV. Venue

Taj Palace Hotel 
Diplomatic Enclave, 2 Sadar Patel Marg 
New Delhi - 110021 

Taj Palace Hotel, New Delhi, India


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