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UNFCCC COP26 seminar: Development and utilization of information platforms towards climate resilient societies in the Asia-Pacific Region

Effective interaction among climate science, policy and action is key to building a climate resilient society. As mentioned in the Paris Agreement, climate-related capacity development for developing countries should be accelerated to deal with the many challenges brought about by climate change. Considering these situations, the Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Information Platform (AP-PLAT) was launched aiming to provide an enabling environment for climate-risk informed decision-making and practical adaptation action through collaboration with partners including international organizations, universities and research institutes. This session will focus on sharing good practices and challenges in information platforms on how science can be used to inform evidence-based strategic planning and implementation of adaptation action for a climate-resilient Asia-Pacific region. This session will also explore the potential of partnerships between information platforms, organizations, institutes, and initiatives in accelerating adaptation in Asia-Pacific countries.

Session organizers

  • National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES)
  • Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ)
  • Institute for Global Environmental Studies (IGES)

Date, time and venue

1. Opening Remarks

  • Mr Yutaka Shoda, Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, MOEJ (Video message)

2. Activities for climate resilient societies in the Asia-Pacific region

Participants will share their views on how to deliver scientific information to communities through information platforms.

  • Dr Yuji Masutomi, Section Head, CCCA, NIES
    Introduction of Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Information Platform (AP-PLAT)
  • Dr Tetsuo Kuyama, Director, Bangkok Regional Center, IGES
    Capacity development through AP-PLAT
  • Dr Youichi Ishikawa, Director, Center for Earth Information Science and Technology (CEIST), Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology (JAMSTEC)
    Introduction of Data Integration and Analysis System (DIAS)
  • Ms Yvette Kerslake, Technical Advisor, Science to Services, Pacific Climate Change Centre
    Activities of PCCC;  Challenges in Pacific countries
  • Dr Kim van Nieuwaal, Strategic advisor, Climate Adaptation Services
    Outcomes of Knowledge Exchange between Climate Change Adaptation Platforms (KE4CAP)
  • Dr Linda Anne Stevenson, Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN)
    APN’s role in bridging science-stakeholder communities for a climate-resilient Asia-Pacific region
  • Dr Mozaharul Alam, Asia and the Pacific Office, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
    Activities of APAN and UNEP; Outcomes of 7th APAN forum

3. Panel discussion with audience

Key questions that are to be addressed are:

  1. What gaps are there between stakeholders and science communities? How can information platforms fill these gaps?
  2. What are the most important features of information platforms that link science with stakeholder communities?
  3. What kinds of collaboration and partnerships are needed among information platforms, organizations, institutes and universities that can accelerate the realization of climate-resilient societies?

4. Closing remarks

  • Dr Masahide Kimoto, President, NIES