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Mainstreaming adaptation measures into development plan is an important step in policy making in response to climate change. Many policy makers are looking at no-regret options or ones that can generate multiple benefits.
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16 May 2017

The Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific is pleased to announce the last call for applications of the Training Programme on Economics of Climate Change Adaptation under its Climate Change Asia Initiative.

Organizers: the United Nations Development Programme and the United States Agency for International Development Adapt Asia-Pacific Project in cooperation with the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific, Asian Institute of Technology, under the Climate Change Asia Initiative.

Dates: 21 August to 1 September 2017

Venue: Asian Institute of Technology Conference Centre, Pathumthani, Thailand

Objective: The training programme aims to equip government officials and other stakeholders in the Asia and the Pacific region with economic tools necessary to identify, prioritize, design and implement climate-resilient projects and policies, formulate national adaptation plans and access climate finance for adaptation action.


  • Introduction to key economic principles and review of impacts of climate change in Asia and the Pacific
  • Assessment of economic impacts of climate change, cost-benefit analysis of investment projects and climate-proofing options
  • Proposal development

The draft agenda is available at:

Target audience: (1) policy and technical staff from line ministries and national agencies, non-governmental organizations, academia, and private sector, who are involved in national adaptation planning process, development of project proposals on climate change adaptation and mainstreaming climate change adaptation issues into national strategies and plans; and (2) experts in the field of economics or statistics from governmental, non-governmental and academic institutions who are involved in economic analysis of climate change adaptation actions and climate-resilient investments.   

The training programme is limited to 25 participants as follows:

  • Ten participants from target countries of the UNDP “Economics of Climate Change Adaptation” capacity building programme, namely Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam, will receive full scholarships covering travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses.
  • Five participants from Thailand and ten participants from other countries of Asia and the Pacific can attend on a self-funded basis.

The course is totally free of charge. The self-funded participants need to cover their travel, accommodation, and subsistence expenses.

Further details on the application process are available at

The deadline for applications is 31 May 2017.

For more information, please contact:

Asian Institute of Technology Conference Centre, Pathumthani, Thailand
24 January 2017

10:00 GMT, 30 January 2017

Hosted by PLACARD (PLAtform for Climate Adaptation and Risk reduction)

Join us for a one-hour webinar to examine some of the lessons learned from M&E emerging from CCA and DRR evaluation processes, and consider how we can ensure that learning can inform both practices.

Three short presentations from DG ECHO, the BRACED programme and the European Topic Centre on Climate Change impacts, vulnerability and adaptation will be followed by a discussion to consider:

  • Questions to the presenters 
  • How can we make better use of M&E outputs in CCA and DRR?
  • How can we transfer M&E lessons between CCA and DRR communities?

Climate change is exacerbating disaster risk, increasing vulnerability and eroding resilience. An increasing emphasis on adapting systems and better managing disaster risks places greater attention on proactive, rather than reactive, approaches.

This requires an understanding of the factors that contribute to adaptation processes in practice; we need to understand what works (or not), in which contexts and why. Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) can play a critical role in improving this understanding by providing the evidence and experience that can improve future practice. M&E can help to avoid costly maladaptation and learn more quickly how the most catastrophic impacts of climate change can be avoided.

We hope you can join us!

The PLACARD team

19 December 2016


“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


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