The adverse effects of climate change and natural variability pose a significant threat to humanity and ecosystems, especially so in the Asia-Pacific region. Over the recent years, Parties, particularly developing country Parties, to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) have been giving increasing attention to climate change adaptation.
At the 16th Conference of the Parties (COP16) to UNFCCC held in Cancun Mexico in 2010, Parties adopted the Cancun Adaptation Framework (CAF) as part of the Cancun Agreements, in which they affirmed to enhance action on adaptation with the same level of priority as mitigation. One year later in Durban, South Africa, parties re-affirmed the above decision and decided on the modalities and procedures for the Adaptation Committee that will provide support to enhance action in this area including engagement with, and drawing on the expertise of, relevant networks and centres.
The Climate Adaptation Framework, developed at the Kobe workshop and revised in April 2013, aims to enhance science-based adaptation activities of APN developing countries and comprises the following components:
- regional research programme that has a capacity building element
- capacity building programme (including projects at national and sub-national scales)
- activities jointly conducted with other organisations and networks
Activities in 2013-2014
Focused activities on adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and loss & damage
In light of the increasing needs for enhancing activities on climate adaptation, APN launched a set of focused activities on adaptation, disaster risk reduction, and loss and damage associated with climate change impacts in Asia Pacific region (CAF-DRR-L&D) under the Climate Adaptation Framework. Activities in the pipeline include:
- Two workshops on disaster risk reduction, loss and damage associated with climate change impacts in Asia and the Pacific for knowledge sharing and partnership development (the first one held in August 2013);
- A special call for proposals for regional research and capacity building activities related to loss and damage. (September 2013);
Partnership development under the Climate Adaptation Framework
APN will enhance its partnership with relevant organisations on climate adaptation including those listed in the APN Adaptation Framework.
Focused Activities on Climate Adaptation
At its 17th IGM/SPG Meeting in March 2012, APN member countries endorsed a number of climate adaptation activities as listed below.
|Workshop on Climate Change Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Loss and DamageA three-day workshop “Climate Adaptation, Disaster Risk Reduction and Loss + Damage — Linkages, Priorities, Limitations” was held on 21-23 August 2013 in Kobe, Japan. Experts from the Asia-Pacific region attended the workshop and shared their knowledge and expertise on climate change and variability, climate change impacts and assessment, climate change adaptation, disaster risk reduction and loss and damage.|
With funding support from the Hyogo prefectural government, a scoping workshop to enhance adaptation action of APN developing country members was held in Kobe, Japan.
The workshop led to the development of the APN Climate Adaptation Framework to enhance science-based adaptation activities of APN countries.
A joint effort by APN, ADB, UN-CECAR, AIT and Chulalongkorn University, a training programme on Climate Change Downscaling Approaches and Applications was organized on 9–20 November 2013 at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) in Bangkok, Thailand.
APN in partnership with the Asia-Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) will organize a Proposal Development Training Workshop to build capacity of scientists and practitioners in climate adaptation, including adaptation planning and through a “train the trainers” approach.