IGES, ICLEI SEAS conduct workshop on climate change impact assessment and adaptation planning in the Asia-Pacific
Participants at the Workshop for Capacity Building on Climate Change Impact Assessments and Adaptation Planning in the Asia-Pacific Region, organized by IGES and ICLEI SEAS and held on January 27-28 in Manila, Philippines.

ICLEI Southeast Asia Secretariat (ICLEI SEAS) served as the local partner of the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) in the conduct of the “Workshop for Capacity Building on Climate Change Impact Assessments and Adaptation Planning in the Asia-Pacific Region: Technical Review of Background Assessment for Climate Change Adaptation.” The workshop was held in Manila, Philippines, on January 27-28 as part of the Japanese government’s Adaptation Initiative. The activity provided a platform for knowledge sharing and learning particularly on effective and feasible tools, approaches, and best practices on climate change adaptation (CCA) assessments, in terms of: climate change scenarios and impacts; risks, hazards, vulnerabilities; and effectiveness of CCA countermeasures. Participants of the workshop consisted of representatives from ministries of environment, other national government agencies, international organizations, and the academe, as well as development partners and expert practitioners from 14 countries in the Asia-Pacific Region.

The first day of the workshop focused on the current status and challenges of background assessments for CCA. Representatives shared their experiences and initiatives in the three levels of CCA assessment. Presentations from relevant government agencies of Bhutan, Viet Nam, Malaysia, Philippines, Samoa, Cambodia, Fiji, and Sri Lanka revealed how vulnerable their countries are to the impacts of climate change and what actions should be taken to develop a more effective CCA plan. They also shared how these assessments have been implemented at the national and subnational levels and integrated into their National Adaptation Plan (NAP) and other relevant policies and programs.

On the second day, the discussions focused on various effective and feasible tools of background assessments for CCA. Experts and practitioners from the National Institute for Environmental Studies, National University of Malaysia, Remote Sensing Technology Center of Japan, Rice Watch and Action Network, Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture, National Research Council of Thailand, and World Agroforestry, among others, shared effective and feasible tools and approaches of background assessments for CCA. Some presented sophisticated tools requiring satellite remote sensing, LiDAR technology, whereas some countries employ a more practical approach involving participatory methods and community-based adaptation which can easily be applied and used by the local governments.

Another highlight of the workshop was the collaborative review of sectoral background assessment for achieving effective adaptation planning and implementation, through the conduct of breakout group activity. Among the most prevalent challenges presented include the lack of institutional understanding of climate issues both at the national and local level, the need for more effective communication of CCA to the community and other stakeholders, various information gaps, and the pressing need for capacity-building of key actors.

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