Thailand has currently been drafting its first NAP to promote adaptation nationwide. In 2018, NIES is going to work with the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), Thailand, to assist them in developing a web-based platform that will serve to disseminate NAP and adaptation measures. NIES, who has extensive experience of developing such platforms, welcomed policymakers and experts from ONEP to introduce how to design A-PLAT and AP-PLAT as well as the way we operate and update them. The Thai representatives enthusiastically inquired about not only the structure of the websites but also the human resource and funding. NIES will visit the country to provide more information and assistance to contribute to the implementation of adaptation in Thailand.
Visitors from ONEP:
Mrs. Katunchalee Thammakul, Ms. Chompunut Songkhao, Dr. Atsamon Limsakul
A bill on climate change adaptation was submitted to the Diet and approved on 20 February 2018.
Under the new bill, municipalities will develop adaptation plans to address impacts posed by changing climate, and the Ministry of the Environment assess climate change impacts every five years. The National Institute for Environmental Studies will be a hub to provide scientific information, technical support and advice to promote local adaptation.
Japan has devised National Adaptation Plan “National Plan for Adaptation to the Impacts of Climate Change” in 2015, aiming at creating a secure, safe, and sustainable society that can quickly recover from adverse impacts of climate change.
The enforcement of the new act is expected in summer.
NIES has worked with Bhutan for years to address to the adverse impacts of climate change in the mountainous kingdom in cooperation with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan (IGES). IGES organized a training programme for the policymakers, and NIES coordinated lectures regarding climate change and its impacts. The programme was held from 5 to 9 February 2018 at NIES, and 12 Bhutanese participants attended. After introducing the climate conditions and problems each other, the two countries actively exchanged opinions and ideas how to implement and promote adaptation. The training was closed with promises of continuous relationship and future collaboration.
To accelerate climate adaptation by recognising, building and promoting excellence among all relevant stakeholder groups around the world, the Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation, or GCECA, was established in the Netherlands. Having been one of the preparatory members, the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan, attended the launching event hosted by the government of the Netherlands. The event took place in Bonn, Germany, during the COP 23. Dr. Yasuaki Hijioka celebrated the launch of the center with Mrs. Nieuwenhuizen, Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands and Ms. Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary UNFCCC. In the event, Dr. Hijioka stated that NIES expects to work closely with GCECA by sharing knowledge and experience regarding adaptation to changing climate.
GCECA website : https://gceca.org/news/919659.aspx