A training on, "Practitioner’s and Policy-makers Exchange on Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture" will be held from 30 August to 1 September 2010 at Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. The objective of this practitioners' exchange is to share knowledge of practical examples on climate change adaptation in agriculture among participants from seven South and South East Asian countries. This will be done by sharing experiences and lessons from case studies and current research/development projects that focus on increased resilience of agricultural systems to climate change and by exploring country-specific information and resource needs, and by identifying regional knowledge priorities on climate change adaptation in the agriculture sectorThis practitioners' exchange expects to gather participants and resource people from the following countries: Philippines, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Vietnam, Myanmar, Thailand and Bangladesh. An equal representation of field practitioners and policy makers from agricultural departments will be invited to attend. Speakers will comprise lecturers from universities/research institutes and UN organizations. Participants will be fully involved in the workshop through presentation of case studies and national/project experience sharing. During the training, participants are expected to bring to the workshop presentations outlining the projected impacts of climate change on the agricultural sector of their country. Participants should also be prepared to discuss specific challenges of at least one agriculture project in which they are involved or a challenge in mainstreaming climate change into agriculture plans. This information will be used for presentation and open discussions in plenary and/or in break-out groups exercises.
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"A collaborative research platform and knowledge sharing for improved capacity to address climate change adaptation in Bangladesh", will be held on 27 July 2010 in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Communities possess various mechanisms for making decisions related to their autonomy, and thus are positioned to implement adaptation initiatives to climate change impacts. The strategic role of communities provides a viable subject to strengthen competence development and technology transfer to improve adaptive capability. Community-based adaptation (CBA) capitalizes on participatory approaches, builds on priorities and traditional knowledge, and empowers and strengthens local capacities. ‘Good’ community-based adaptation, like other forms of participatory development, is community-driven. Each ‘community’ has a wealth of knowledge about the local environment, and has been adapting to and coping with change for many years. This knowledge and traditional coping mechanisms are autonomous and may become less effective as climate change leads to greater unpredictability in weather patterns. There are significant strengths and weaknesses in both local and scientific knowledge which need to be well integrated.Community-based adaptation brings together those working in the fields of disaster risk reduction, community development, climate change science and adaptation and vulnerability assessment.The seminar is co-organised by the Adaptation Knowledge Platform, Asia Pacific Adaptation Network, CARE International, Climate Change Knowledge Friday, 6 Aug 2010 Management Center, Thailand and USAID Thailand.
The Adaptation Platform is helping countries in Asia adapt to the challenges of climate change at local, national and regional levels through a process of capacity building and strengthening. Broadly speaking, there are three general aims: to establish a regional system for sharing of knowledge on adaptation to climate change, to generate new knowledge about it, and to promote the application of new and existing knowledge about climate change in Asia.
It is expected that many people will benefit from this platform. The immediate beneficiaries are most likely to be civil servants, researchers and development workers who will be equipped with the knowledge, tools and opportunities to promote climate adaptation strategies in their work. Eventually, the beneficiary pool will be very wide as climate knowledge is applied for the public good in diverse areas of work.
Government agencies and individual civil servants are able to share experiences, access information and get in touch with counterparts working in comparable situations in other countries through the joint training, research and networking activities offered by the platform.
This field is developing so rapidly that it is hard to predict with certainty what will happen at the end of three years. Furthermore, many countries in Asia are experiencing such dynamic economic and social changes that in turn have impacts on how climate change is being experienced and addressed. Apart from the immediate benefits generated during the three years of operation, the Adaptation Platform will contribute to a substantial repository of knowledge and experience that will continue to be used by governments and the private sector in the future. It is expected that there will be ongoing input to the platform from those who have gained considerable expertise in climate adaptation strategies through this round of programme activities.
No, it does not. While there are a number of networks and partnerships for action on climate change, what the platform offers is a unique space specifically devoted to learning about adaptation strategies as they are being undertaken. The platform is solution-focused, enabling professional and technical staff to meet, network and share information and experiences on common sets of challenges in this region.
The platform offers ‘still-warm’ findings from the field - the most current feedback from the people working at the frontline of change and adaptation. At the crossroads of the disciplines, there are no experts. Instead you will find people who are marking out the parameters of this new and rapidly expanding field of study, and who may be potential collaborators and mentors in the future.