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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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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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11 May 2016

The Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum, the flagship event of the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), is the primary regional platform for adaptation practitioners to meet, share their learning and experiences, and work together towards the pertinent outcomes and practical solutions that are needed to address the challenges of climate change.

Gaining from the momentum since the first event in 2010 and more recently with the previous 2014 edition in Kuala Lumpur, the 5th APAN Forum will bring together policymakers, scientists, donors, youth, and representatives from over 50 countries. For 2016, the theme “Adapting and Living below 2°C: Bridging the Gaps in Policy & Practice” will explore platforms and concrete pathways for even greater partnerships by governments, civil society and business. With the growing interest and with the recognition of adaptation not only as a development imperative but as an existential one as well, we are looking forward to welcoming more than 800 participants who will be looking towards meaningful outcomes during the event.

The Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment of the Government of Sri Lanka will be hosting this year’s Forum at the historic Bandaranaike Memorial International Conference Hall in Colombo.

The APAN Forum will be from October 17-19, 2016, and will be a key part of the Government of Sri Lanka’s “Towards a Blue Green Era” fortnight national celebrations.

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Colombo, Sri Lanka
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11 February 2016

Spatial climate prediction is essential for assessing impacts of climate change and designing and prioritizing adaptation strategies and measures to address the impacts. Climate change projection can also facilitate land use and urban planning through the assessment of impacts of land use change on regional climate change.  Currently, climate impact assessment researchers and land use and urban planners need to either request climate prediction researchers to generate necessary data or apply dynamic downscaling to the data by themselves in order to obtain detailed spatial climate prediction data in accordance to their own purposes. However, dynamic downscaling requires advanced specialized knowledge; hence its application is extremely difficult.

Responding to the needs for making local climate change projections and assessments without advanced modeling skills, the University of Tsukuba has developed a Climate Change Downscaler. It aims to keep the workload to a minimum for those non-specialists of climate modeling to acquire information regarding local climate change projections. It also enables assessing impacts of future urbanization and farmland development on regional climate change and mitigating effects of greening and energy-saving policies on regional heat environments.

This training workshop aimed to enhance the understanding on the easy running of climate change downscaler among non-climate modeling specialists, particularly a) climate change impact assessment researchers or government officers at the national or provincial level; b) research institutes engaging in the designing of national or local adaptation strategies; and c) land use and urban planning officers. The workshop provided the participants with hands-on exercises on 1) basic functions of the downscaler, 2) specific functions of the downscaler required for particular purposes for utilization.

The workshop was attended by 26 government officials and researchers from nine countries, namely, Cambodia, Indonesia, Fiji, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, the Philippines, Thailand, Viet Nam, and Samoa. The analysis of a pre– and post–training survey revealed an average of 80 percent improvement in the level of understanding on key subject matters including global climate models, the use of the S8 downscaler software, and the relevance and use of the downscaled climate data in the participants’ respective field of work. It also stimulated among the participants a strong interest in getting in-depth training on the downscaler software package so that they could apply it in the formulation of national policies and climate adaptation strategies.

Source: http://www.rrcap.ait.asia/ccd/Pages/default.aspx

 
Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Bangkok, Thailand

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