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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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03 May 2018
Smaller business are the backbone of the economy in developing countries, but they are also hit the hardest by climate change. A new publication looks at how they can adapt and create climate resilience.
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27 February 2018
Different departments of the state, which come under eleven different missions of SAPCC, have not been able to prepare Project Concept Notes (PCNs) for undertaking projects under climate change adaptation and mitigation.

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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
11 February 2016

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies Regional Centre is hosting the 7th IGES Knowledge Café – an informal knowledge exchange and networking session held regularly in downtown Bangkok – on Tuesday, 16 February 2016 at 10:00am.

This time we are very pleased to have with us Mr. Youssef Arfaoui, Mitigation Coordinator, from the Green Climate Fund to share his thoughts on financing climate change projects in the region, particularly with the Paris climate talks behind us. We will discuss what’s ahead for countries – more specifically, what financial mechanisms are available, how they will operate, and, ultimately, how countries can get money.

This session will be moderated by avid environmentalist and IGES Senior Policy Advisor, Dr. Peter King.

JOIN US AND NETWORK

Anyone interested in environmental issues and financing climate change is cordially invited to attend, ask questions, share perspectives, and network.

Previous café participants usually include representatives from development agencies, government, private sector, civil society, and media.

Admission is free and light snacks and coffee will be served. Please RSVP via email to koh-ten@iges.or.jp by 15 February 2016.

Date: Tuesday, 16 February 2016
Time: 10:00am – 12:00pm
Venue: Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand
Organizer: Institute for Global Environmental Strategies Regional Centre

Please RSVP to Ms. Sunantha Koh-Ten by 15 February 2016. 

Venue: Foreign Correspondents' Club of Thailand
Penthouse, Maneeya Center Building
518/5 Ploenchit Road (connected to the BTS Skytrain Chitlom station)
Patumwan, Bangkok 10330
Web Site: http://www.fccthai.com
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ABOUT THE SPEAKER
Youssef Arfaoui
Mr. Youssef Arfaoui is the Mitigation Coordinator at the Green Climate Fund. He was previously Chief Renewable Energy Specialist at the African Development Bank. He closed a good number of deals: on Geothermal (500MW); Wind (1200MW), Hydro (600MW), Cogen (90MW) and Solar (300MW), taking into account the implementation of the two climate pillars: mitigation and adaptation.

He also took initiatives to a number of clean investments:

  1. Introduction and implementation clean investments to the African Development Bank, where he led and closed many transactions in both the public and private sectors.
  2. Preparation of clean investments strategy and policy of the African Development Bank, such Clean Energy Investment Framework for Africa (CEIF). 

Mr. Arfaoui brings expertise to the Green Climate Fund specifically in project financing. His current main responsibility at the Fund is to promote Clean Investments with primary focus on mitigation. 

Mr. Arfaoui holds a M. Sc. in Mechanical Engineering combined with Finance from the Technical University of Denmark. He has a wide range of experience in the energy sector, specifically renewable energy technologies.

ABOUT THE IGES KNOWLEDGE CAFÉ

Previously known as the Evening Café, the IGES Knowledge Café facilitates discussions on emerging environmental issues among practitioners and anyone interested in these issues. The Café brings together likeminded people to exchange ideas, knowledge, and experiences. IGES initiates these events but welcomes other interested organisations to co-host and foster this growing community of practice. 

Past Café summaries can be viewed at the bottom of this page. Suggestions for topics are also welcome.

ABOUT THE IGES BANGKOK REGIONAL CENTRE

IGES established its first overseas project office in Thailand in 2003. In early 2011, the project office was upgraded to the IGES Regional Centre to strengthen its functions and expand its activities under the mission of IGES. The Regional Centre works to strengthen IGES’s partnerships with key stakeholders in the region; provides secretariat services for regional networks specialising in climate change adaptation, environmental enforcement and compliance, and sustainable development; and engages in related regional activities to facilitate environmental policy development. 

CONTACT PERSON

Sunantha Koh-Ten (Ms.)
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Bangkok Regional Centre
E-mail: koh-ten@iges.or.jp 
Tel. 02-651-8797 ext. 31

FCCT, Bangkok, Thailand

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