ADB Headquarters, Manila,Philippines : 16 January 2012 - 17January 2012In response to the growing demandfor technical support to ADB’sexpanding efforts to build climate resilience in Asia and the Pacific, ADBplans to facilitate the organizationof a regional consortium to produce,document and distribute highresolution (downscaled) climatechange projections and relatedproducts as part of a broader setof technical resources supportingramped-up adaptation activities.The workshop aims to define theoverall scope of the Consortiumand its activities, and the feasibility,resources requirements and nextsteps for developing the proposedsuite of climate projections andrelated products.
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Indian Institute of Technology Delhi (IITD), Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IITM), and the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) are organizing the Second National Research Conference on Climate Change to be held at IIT Madras. The conference will cover major topics on scientific, technical, economic, and policy aspects of climate change relevant to India. The conference is intended to develop a network of climate researchers in the South Asian region.
The main goals of this series of conferences are to enhance capacity for climate research and action in India by:
a. Identifying existing institutions and activities that are engaged in climate-related work in India
b. Developing a common understanding of key issues
c. Identifying lacunae in science, policy, and action that need particular attention
d. Deepening and broadening institutional engagement, especially by engaging smaller academic institutions and NGOs in local climate related activities across all parts of the country
e. Strengthening a sense of ‘community” among researchers
f. Initiating a platform for a dialogue between researchers, NGOs, and policy-makers
They are inviting abstracts from faculty and other researchers, students, and practitioners in the areas of climate science, impacts, adaptation and mitigation. Abstracts should provide evidence of independent research and be of direct relevance to the Indian context. Priority will be given to abstracts authored by individuals in South Asian organizations. Abstracts should be no more than 250 words and should also contain author affiliation(s) and contact details. Abstracts should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
As part of the Regional Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform for Asia’s continued efforts to promote dialogue and improve exchange of knowledge, experience and tools, we are pleased to invite you to the fourth bimonthly Knowledge Sharing & Learning Seminars: “Bridging the Gap: A Role for Business in Climate Change Adaptation”.Whilst there are increasing and encouraging efforts of businesses across the Asia Pacific region to invest in communities and proactively contribute to devising solutions to sustainability challenges, a lack of clarity persists over the role of the private sector in sustainable development in general and climate change adaptation in particular.Adaptation experts and practitioners as well as businesses and their stakeholders across the Asia Pacific region are still struggling to determine how the private sector can best be engaged to effectively contribute to climate change adaptation.At the same time the magnitude of the challenges that the region will face from the effects of a changing climate will mean that all actors, public and private, will need to contribute to effective resilience building. They will need to work together to implement strategies that enhance adaptive capacities to safeguard societies and markets and ensure that efforts for poverty alleviation and sustainable development are not jeopardized by the effects of climate change.This Learning and Sharing seminar will present findings of a study on harnessing the innovative capacity of the private sector for climate change adaptation conducted by CSR Asia and funded by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency SIDA. The session will bring adaptation experts, development practitioners, International Organizations, government officials and NGOs together with business representatives to discuss current barriers for business engagement as well as gaps and mismatches in expectations and perceptions of the role of the private sector. It will seek to deliberate opportunities for strategic partnerships and discuss approaches likely to be most successful in leveraging the private sector’s involvement.The aim of the seminar will be to create a platform for dialogue on needs, opportunities, and expectations for the role of the private sector in climate change adaptation, and align efforts to effectively join forces on tackling one of the biggest challenges for the region.