Some of the most effective adaptation solutions are sometimes found in nature – take, for example, mangrove forests that live along tropical shorelines in parts of Asia and the Pacific. They grow where land and sea meet and they are the first line of defense against ocean-borne storms and hurricanes heading inland.
When it comes to climate change adaptation, many government officials struggle to find a clear indicator, marker, or method to systematically address the issue – because unlike, say, climate change mitigation, you can’t just recommend phasing out fossil fuel or building more solar panels.
Building capacity to prepare more robust project proposals is critical to channeling money and resources for climate change adaptation activities, said government officials from developing countries in Asia-Pacific.
A regional training focused on analyzing the economic impacts of climate change, and identifying cost-efficient and sustainable adaptation options, is taking place in September 2014, organized by the Capacity Building Programme on the Economics of Climate Change Adaptation.
The support for eligible countries in Asia and the Pacific to improve their access and management of climate change adaptation finance will receive an additional boost come September 2014 at a region-wide USAID forum in Siem Reap, Cambodia.
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.
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.