Building on the success of the ongoing "Economics of Climate Change Adaptation" training program, the USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific Project is partnering with the United Nations Development Program and others, including GiZ, Pacific Islands Forum Secretariat, Secretariat of the Pacific Community, Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme, and University of the South Pacific to provide vital economic analysis assistance to governments in the Pacific region.
“There is an urgent need for extensive and targeted trainings in the economics of climate change to all relevant [government] parties,” says Dr. Anupit Supnithadnaporn, Plan and Policy Analyst at Thailand’s Office of the National Economic and Social Development Board (NESDB).
While climate talks were ongoing in Warsaw, Poland last November, ADAPT Asia-Pacific’s online community of practice were also considering key climate finance issues as they relate to the discussions at the 19th Conference of Parties (COP19) to the UNFCCC.
Dr. Peter King, the Senior Policy Advisor at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Regional Centre based in Bangkok, Thailand, raised the 2nd Exchange Series on Climate Financing entitled COP19, GCF and Business Involvement.
The USAID-funded ADAPT Asia-Pacific project in partnership with the Ministry of Rural Development (MRD) of the Royal Cambodia Government held a workshop in Siem Reap, Cambodia to disseminate the results of the study on 11 pilot community ponds for climate proofing in Banteay Meanchey Province.
“The key requirement for a government to attract climate finance is the quality of its climate program governance,” says Mr. Amin Budiarjo, Secretariat Manager for the Indonesia Climate Change Trust Fund (ICCTF).
As one of ADAPT Asia-Pacific’s project beneficiaries, he shares his thoughts and experience on how countries can better improve their access to climate finance – one of the ways to do this is by setting up a robust coordinating mechanism to manage funds and boost donor confidence.
The USAID funded ADAPT Asia-Pacific project has recently launched a new email based discussion format to support learning and knowledge exchange among government officials who have benefited from the project, as well as to engage others interested in climate finance.
USAID was one of the selected development agencies honored by the Thai Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MoNRE) at the opening ceremony of Thailand’s first Climate Change Adaptation Expo held on 26-28 September 2013 at Central World Square in downtown Bangkok.
Sixty development professionals, representing 11 Asian countries and development partners in the region, are meeting in Bangkok today to discuss mainstreaming climate change risk resilience strategies into sectoral, sub-national and/or national planning. The meeting will be followed immediately by the 2nd regional training workshop for the Capacity Building Programme on the Economics of Climate Change Adaptation (ECCA) to be held during 1-4 October 2013.
In preparation for the upcoming Economics of Climate Change (ECCA) capacity building workshop (30 September – 4 October 2013), the second moderated live chat session was held on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 from 19:00 to 21:00 (Bangkok time) to discuss the workshop structure and content, ECCA Country Team expectations, and the preparatory work and materials for the workshop. 14 participants from across the region logged into the chat. The Country Team participants shared their experiences with the in-Country data collection, and asked questions to the lead mentors in the programme related to the upcoming workshop. The live chat was moderated by UNDP-USAID Capacity Building Programme Coordinator and supported by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Bangkok Regional Centre.
Building on a strong relationship with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), ADAPT Asia-Pacific is supporting governments from around the region to manage climate change finance. Capacity development activities are underway to support the management of National Climate Funds and Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Review, and to assist in many aspects of the acquisition, management and monitoring of climate finance.