As part of the ongoing project entitled “Scientific capacity development of trainers and policy-makers for climate change adaptation planning in the Asia and Pacific” funded by the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) held the second Training Needs Assessment (TNA) Meeting on March 11, 2011 in AIT Campus, Bangkok, Thailand. Since the first TNA meeting organized on January 31,2011 already came up with certain agreements on the modalities for conducting TNA in five targeted project countries including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Mongolia and Nepal, this second TNA meeting aimed at : (i) Reviewing the process of conducting TNA in the five countries by the national partners, (ii) Discussing the advantages, constraints, challenges and other issues practically faced by the national partners in conducting the TNA, and (iii) Finding out the solutions to overcome and the ways forward to continue detailed TNA. Subsequent to this meeting, training modules will be drafted in a module design workshop tentatively planned for August 2011 which will be pilot tested and scaled-up to other countries and sectors in collaboration with various Network partners. The participants at the meeting included the project partners from the five countries mentioned above, APAN and IGES, UNEP-ROAP and AIT-UNEP RRC.AP.
The meeting consisted of presentations by project partners on the status of the TNA project covering aspects related to the process followed, the establishment of the TNA team, desk review of existing training programs, questionnaire survey process, and certain results. Issues related to carrying out the TNA were discussed in details during the meeting including how to determine the sample size, what should be the sectoral focus, how to keep a balance of content between adaptation and mitigation and so on. At the end of the meeting clearer understanding and consequences was reached to conduct the TNA in the specific context of each country. The schedule of activities that include the TNA monitoring process, submission of country reports and the preparation for training modules design workshop in August 2011 were also discussed and agreed to at the meeting.
›› Proceedings : Cambodia, Laos, Mongolia, Nepal, Bangladesh, Lecture on Training Principles, Plan for Next Steps and Concluding Remarks, including Acknowledgements, Executive Summary, Background and Meeting Objectives, Agenda, List of Participants, Meeting Photos