AP-PLAT hosts Bhutan's policymakers to exchange adaptation experiences

In collaboration with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan (IGES), NIES has worked with Bhutan for years to address the adverse impacts of climate change. On February 5-8, 2018, IGES delivered a training program for policymakers, and the Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Information Platform (AP-PLAT) coordinated lectures regarding climate change and its impacts. Held at NIES, the program hosted 12 Bhutanese participants, facilitating a dialogue with Japanese stakeholders about the respective climate conditions and problems facing their countries, as well as an exchange of ideas about how to implement and promote adaptation. The training concluded with the promise of continued relationship building and future collaboration.

Training Programme on Climate Change for Bhutanese Policymakers

5 February
Opening Remarks and Introduction
Dr. Tsuyoshi Fujita, NIES and Dr. Shuzo Nishioka, IGES
Module 1
Bhutan and Climate Change
Sonam Dagay
Module 2
Climate Projection and Scenarios
Dr. Kiyoshi Takahashi, NIES
Module 3
Adaptation to Climate Change
Dr. Yasuaki Hijioka, NIES
6 February
Module 4
Conducting Vulnerability Assessments
Mr. Manabu Watanabe, NIES
Module 5
Adaptation Planning for Building Resilience in the Himalayan Region in the Context of the Paris Agreement
Dr. Binaya Raj Shivakoti, IGES
Module 6
National Adaptation Plan (Japan's case)
Ms. Yoshimi Fukumura, NIES
Module 7
Discussion on National Adaptation Plan (Bhutan's case)
Dr. Yasuaki Hijioka, NIES
7 February
Module 8
The Need to Transition to A Low Carbon Society
Dr. Shuzo Nishioka, IGES
Module 9 Policies for LCS
UNFCCC and International and National Commitments
Dr. Yasuko Kameyama, NIES
Sector Level Policies
Dr. Shuichi Ashina, NIES
8 February
Module 10 Introduction of Tokyo Tech./NIES/IGES Bhutan Studies
Bhutan Low-Carbon Society Scenario Study 2050
Bhutan Carbon Neutral Scenario Development of Low-carbon Society Scenarios in Bhutan 2050
Dr. Kei Gomi, NIES and Yuki Ochi, E-konzal
Water Resource Estimation with Various Climate Data and Contribution of Glacier Meltwater
Glacio-hydrological projections with downscaled climate data A high resolution glacier model with debris effects in Bhutan Himalaya
Prof. Shinjiro Kanae, Tokyo Tech. University
H-08 Modeling for Water Resources
Dr. Naota Hanasaki, NIES
9 February
Module 11
Final Presentation (on Bhutan's long-term strategies) and Wrap-up
Dr. Shuzo Nishioka, IGES and Dr. Miho Kamei, IGES

(05/FEB/2018)