One of APN’s four goals is improving the scientific and technical capabilities of nations in the region. It is vital that countries in the Asia-Pacific region have the capacity to conduct high-quality research that provides underpinning scientific support for policy-makers and policy-making processes.
Opportunities under the CAPaBLE Programme
Under the CAPaBLE programme, thousands of young and early-career scientists have been provided with opportunities to develop their knowledge and capabilities in global change research. APN also provides funds through CAPaBLE projects to support young/early-career scientists to participate in international symposiums and present their research output.
Proposal Development Training Workshops
Proposal Development Training Workshops
One of APN’s four goals is improving the scientific and technical capabilities of nations in the region. It is vital that countries in the Asia-Pacific region have the capacity to conduct high-quality research that provides underpinning scientific support for policy-makers and policy-making processes. The APN believes that research must involve local scientists and that they must be given the capacity to continue their research, and analyse and utilise their research outcomes. Further APN strongly believes enhancing capacity at the young and early-career stage will provide sustainable benefits to the Asia and Pacific region. With this mission, APN introduces proposal development training workshop (PDTW) in 2008 as a main activity under the APN capacity development agenda. Since then, the APN has been conducting PDTW in various parts of the region. From 2014, PDTWs are held annually, rotating among APN sub-regions.
The primary aims of the workshop were to raise the APN profile among young and early-career scientists in the Asia-Pacific region in an inexpensive manner and to increase young scientists’ capacity to develop competitive proposals for submission to the APN’s annual call for proposals programmes.
Trainees Skills Assessments:
The above chart illustrates the performance of trainees before and after 2014 and 2015 PDTWs. 1 (poor) to 4 (excellent) scales were used to measure the performance.
More information on the recently held PDTWs:
Map: locations of past and upcoming PDTWs.
The Mitra Award
The Mitra Award for Global Change Research was established in 2010 in memory of Dr. Ashesh Proshad Mitra, APN SPG Member for India from 1996 to 2007. Dr. Mitra was a doyen in atmospheric research in India and was the recipient of the Padma Bhushan award by the Indian government in recognition of his distinguished service to the nation in the field of scientific research.
The award recognises outstanding young scientists conducting global change research in Asia-Pacific region. Every year at the IGM/SPG Meeting, young scientists from the host country are given the opportunity to present their research work in a poster session to scientists, practitioners and policy makers attending the meeting.
The posters will be judged by APN’s national Focal Points and Scientific Planning Group Members of its 22 member countries, and the winner is presented the Mitra Award for Global Change Research in recognition of their outstanding work.
Winners of the Mitra Award:
- 2016: Lu Heli, College of Environment and Planning, Henan University, Kaifeng, China. A Spatially Explicit Modeling Framework of Cost-Benefit and Carbon Emissions from Land Use Coverage Changes for Implementing REDD+ in Southeast Asia
- 2015: Shiva Khanal, Department of Forest Research and Survey, Kathmandu, Nepal
Integration of object-based image analysis with machine learning algorithm for forest type classification in Nepal
- 2014: Khon Puthea, Wetlands Work!, Cambodia
Sanitation technology for a safe environment in floating communities in Tonle Sap Lake, Cambodia
- 2013: Joni Jupesta, United Nations University – Institute for Advance Studies, Tokyo, Japan
Rio+20 Outcomes into Implementation: Water-Energy-Food Security Nexus in Indonesian Palm Oil
- 2012: Evi Gusmayanti, Centre for Wetlands People and Biodiversity, Universitas Tanjungpura, Indonesia
Natural properties of carbon stock in customary peat forest at Danau Sentarum National Park, West Kalimantan, Indonesia
- 2011: W.G.D. Lakmini, Faculty of Agriculture, University of Ruhuna, Sri Lanka
Plant mediator to tackle climate change
- 2010: Woo-Seop Lee, Department of Atmospheric Sciences, Kongju National University, Republic of Korea
The relationships between absorbing aerosols and snow cover/snow water equivalent over the Himalayas and the western Tibetan Plateau during boreal spring