ADAPT Asia-Pacific Session at the 3rd APAN Forum 2013: "Accessing Climate Change Adaptation Finance"


19 March, 2013

Task area: 

  • Annual forum

Rationale and Objectives

Financing for climate change adaptation (CCA) remains one of the priority climate change issues for developing countries in Asia and the Pacific. At the 2nd APAN Forum held in March 2012, there were two parallel sessions on climate change finance that produced insightful discussion with active participation. The USAID-supported project, ADAPT Asia-Pacific, aims to strengthen the capacity of countries in Asia and the Pacific to access CCA finance from domestic and international sources. Recently, ADAPT Asia-Pacific supported UNDP in three workshops on national climate funds, climate public expenditure and institutional reviews, and economics of climate change adaptation. These three workshops were well attended and demonstrated a high level of interest among national representatives in the region for continuing dialogue and joint learning on climate change finance. In the Pacific, SPREP recently organized a workshop focusing on adaptation financing reflecting the needs and interests in the region.

Through insights provided by panel members and an active discussion between the panel and the audience, this session aimed to encourage government representatives and others in the audience to identify how they can best strengthen over the next 3-5 years their state of readiness for identifying, accessing and efficiently using climate change finance, especially adaptation finance. The session helped meet regional demand for this kind of information, contributed to the Forum’s objectives, and increased the knowledge base of APAN as the conference organizer.


ADAPT Asia-Pacific designed, organized, and delivered a two-hour session at the APAN Forum 2013 held in Incheon, Korea on 18-20 March 2013. The session was organized so that discussion was generated among participants on their concerns, questions, and capacity building needs regarding CCA finance. The outcome of the discussion will be reflected in the 2nd ADAPT Asia-Pacific Annual Forum, and a few key session participants may be invited to attend.

Expected Participants

More than 100 people attended the session. High-level government officials from Ministries of Finance, Planning, Environment and other related line ministries were invited from selected countries among ADAPT Asia-Pacific participating countries.

Resource Persons

The session involved presentations by four people: Amin Budiarjo, Indonesian Climate Change Trust Fund; Jane Ebinger, Manager, Climate Change Policy, World Bank; Gordon Johnson, Environment and Energy Team Leader, Asia-Pacific Regional Center, UNDP; and Tae Yong Jung, Professor, Korea Development Institute School of Public Policy and Management. ADAPT Asia-Pacific staff facilitated the session.

Session Format

The session opened with a brief description of how the session would proceed, by the session moderator, Robert Dobias from ADAPT Asia-Pacific. Then the session moderator asked a question to each panelist in turn. The respective panelist had 12 minutes to respond, and could use up to 3-5 PowerPoint slides to aid in their response. Ms. Ebinger was asked about lessons learned from Climate Investment Funds (CIF) experience; Mr. Johnson was asked about emerging lessons from climate public expenditure and institutional reviews (CPEIR) and related UNDP-supported work; Mr. Tae was asked about the overall prospects for CCA financing in the short to medium term; Mr. Budiarjo was asked about his country’s views on CCA finance in the future given past experience, and a list of priority capacity building needs for his country/region. The remaining half hour was devoted to a dialogue between the resource persons and participants, followed by a brief summary of main points at the end.

Proposed Agenda

The session is included under the Parallel Panels 2: “Capacity building strategies for adaptation” on Day 1 of the APAN Forum 2013.

 5 mins

Facilitator outlined how the session will proceed (R. Dobias, ADAPT Asia-Pacific)

12 mins

Lessons from CIF (J. Ebinger, World Bank)

12 min

ADB’s experience (C. Radgers, ADB)

 5 mins

Questions/comments of clarification

12 mins

Lessons from CPEIR and related work (G. Johnson, UNDP)

12 mins

Outlook for CCA finance (Tae Young Jung, KDI)

 5 mins

Questions/comments of clarification

12 mins

Perspectives from Indonesia (A. Budiarjo)

30 mins

Q&A (Facilitator provided 2-3 questions to audience to begin discussion)

 5 mins

Facilitator summarized the session and provided web space to continue discussion (R. Dobias, ADAPT Asia Pacific)

Expected Output

A summary paper on the session will be produced. This session may also serve as a foundation for a future online discussion on ADAPT E-CoP, in which case a group email will be sent inviting participants to the E-discussion board for further discussion and exchange of opinion/knowledge. Depending on the activeness and quality of discussion, a separate summary paper of the e-discussion can be generated. The session discussion may also lead to identification of areas of cooperation/collaboration among countries and institutions, including possible areas of support from ADAPT Asia-Pacific. 

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