USAID ADAPT Asia-Pacific and UNDP support the launch of a ground-breaking capacity- building program on Economics of Climate Change Adaptation

Release date: 

Nov 1 2012

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the USAID Climate Change Adaptation Project Preparation Facility for Asia and the Pacific (ADAPT Asia-Pacific) are working together to strengthen the capacities of professionals from Asia-Pacific Ministries of Finance, Planning, Agriculture, Water, and Environment, to integrate the economics of climate change adaptation into development planning and to identify bankable adaptation projects.

This two-year program entitled “Economics of Climate Change Adaptation – Supporting National / Sub-national Adaption Planning and Action” was launched in October 2012. It commenced with a consultation between countries in the Asia-Pacific region and staff from the UNDP and USAID’s ADAPT Asia-Pacific project. The innovative new program aims to identify gaps in capacity development needs in an area that is critical for helping countries to formulate national adaptation plans and access to climate finance.

Implemented by UNDP and USAID ADAPT Asia-Pacific, in collaboration with the Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies (Yale F&ES), this program is geared to strengthen the capacity of a core group of professionals in each participating country who are capable of undertaking cost-benefit analyses of adaptation projects and applying policy relevant analytical methods to integrate the economics of adaptation into national development planning processes.

The 24-month programme will be executed through a series of training workshops and in-county tasks guided by the technical support of an experienced mentor in the field of economics of climate change adaptation. 

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