One of the ways USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific supports the region is by designing and implementing standalone capacity building programs targeted specifically at government officials. Responding to regional capacity building needs, including a lack of urban-related climate change trainings available, in 2014 USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific developed the Urban Climate Change Adaptation and Resilience (UCCAR) training course in collaboration with the East-West Center. This publication highlights the key learnings from the course.
The U.S. government is setting up a course to train officials in the Asia-Pacific region in the basics of preparing and financing projects to help communities weather climate change, experts from the USAID development agency said on Friday.
Financing needs for climate change adaptation - efforts to adjust to extreme weather and rising seas - are estimated at tens of billions of dollars per year in developing countries.
Participants from the Samoan Water Authority, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and other agencies spent three days in Apia learning how to determine the economic costs and benefits of climate change adaptation projects to help them determine the most efficient adaptation investments.
The USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific project is supporting Samoan communities and public services to combat, and adapt to, climate change through an innovative five-week on-the-job training program that ran from March to April 2014.
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.
ADAPT Asia-Pacific and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) are strengthening the capacities of professionals from Asian Ministries of Finance, Planning, Agriculture, Water, and Environment, helping them to integrate climate change adaptation into development planning and design bankable adaptation projects.
This briefing note outlines this two-year program entitled “Economics of Climate Change Adaptation – Supporting National/Sub-national Adaption Planning and Action” that was launched in October 2012 in consultation with countries in Asia and staff from the UNDP and USAID’s ADAPT Asia-Pacific project.
Forty-eight representatives of eleven countries in Asia are meeting in Bangkok this week, to enhance their ability to design effective climate change adaptation projects and integrate adaptation into national economic development planning.