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Information and knowledge can be powerful vehicle in connecting science and policy, raising awareness, and mainstreaming adaptation through effective communication means.
Events
10 August 2011

 Co-hosted and convened by the University of Arizona in the southwestern United States and by UNEP’s Programme of Research on Climate Change Vulnerability, Impacts and Adaptation (PROVIA), the conference focuses on adaptation to climate variability and change. The conference will bring together researchers, policy-makers, and practitioners from developed and developing countries to share insights into the challenges and opportunities that adaptation presents. It will showcase cutting-edge research from around the world, focusing on themes of equity and risk, learning, capacity-building, methodology, and adaptation finance and investment. Conference registration opens September 5, 2011 with deadline for abstracts January 30, 2012. See deadlines for more information.

Arizona, USA
09 August 2011

 A three-day long workshop, ‘South Asia Media workshop on adaptation to climate change’ was held by Asia Pacific Adaptation Network conducted a mid-term monitoring of training needs assessment (TNA) in five countries, including Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Mongolia, and Nepal, from May 18 to June 22. This is one of the activities under the APAN project titled “Scientific capacity development of trainers and policy-makers for climate change adaptation planning in the Asia and Pacific”. The missions (1) monitor the current progress and results of TNA in the project countries, (2) help country partners overcome difficulties or limitations they face while conducting TNA, and (3) guide the preparation of Training Module Design Workshop, which will be organized in Bangkok from August 10 to 12. The monitoring missions showed that the countries have nearly completed the TNA, and some of them have begun preparing the TNA report, which is due for submission to APAN by mid-July.

Bangkok
09 August 2011

 The Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) undertook a mission to Pacific countries to meet key stakeholders in the field of climate change, including representatives of governments, national institutions, NGOs and donors, and seek their participation in APAN. The mission also invited them to the Adaptation Forum 2011. During the visit, the members attended a workshop organized by the Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environmental Programme (SPREP) on “Lessons Learnt" for the Future Conference-Lessons learned from climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in small island developing states” at Apia in Samoa from May 23 to 26. The members also took part in another workshop on “Coping with Climate Change in the Pacific Island Region (CCCPIR)”, which was organized by GIZ, Secretariat of the Pacific Community (SPC) and SPREP, at Suva in Fiji from May 31 to June 2.  Read more: http://www.climateadapt.asia/newsletter/view/10 : http://www.climateadapt.asia/newsletter/view/10

Samoa

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FAQs
What are the aims of the platform?

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.

Who will benefit from this programme?

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.

How are governments in Asia involved in this programme?

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.

What happens at the end of the three-year programme?

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.

Does the platform replicate work that is already being done by others?

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.

I’m already undertaking research on adaptation to climate change in my university programme. What can the platform offer me?

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.

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