Climate Change Impact Assessments and Adaptation Planning in the Asia-Pacific Region series

The workshop on Advancing Practices in Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) at National, Local, and Sectoral Levels was held in the city of Manila, Republic of the Philippines, on January 31 and February 1, organized by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and Mitsubishi Research Institute (MRI). It was funded by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ) in cooperation with the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN). Over 50 participants from 16 countries (Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Japan, Mongolia, Samoa, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vanuatu, Philippines, Vietnam, Korea, Nepal, Canada, Bhutan and Myanmar) joined in the workshop, including those who are engaged in the field of climate change adaptation (e.g., national government officials, policy makers, practitioners, and researchers) in the Asia-Pacific region.

This workshop aimed to support stronger implementation of CCA by addressing key areas for moving from planning to practice.

The participants clarified it was important to bridge the gap between policymakers and scientists to develop policies which included present observational data/ risks projections. As for implementation, involvement of different potential finance sources (Green Climate Funds, national budget lines, and private loans scheme) was highlighted as an important project driver.

The participants also agreed that adaptation and addressing climate change is obviously a long process and it takes time. However, discussion during this workshop have shown that the knowledge, capacity and efforts of participated countries on CCA has grown at a considerable pace.