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BKE EU-Japan #2: Exploring the Value of Linking International and National Platforms to Enhance Action, Including in the Asia-Pacific Region

This event explored how to enhance the utilization of CAPs for promoting adaptation action at the transnational level (e.g., Asia-Pacific, Europe).
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Introduction

30 June 2021

This was the second of two events hosted by NIES, Japan on “Enhancing Connections Across International, National and Local Adaptation Actions“.

The focus was on looking at adaptation at the transnational scale, and the role and value of CAPs in working together to support adaptation action across a region.

The agenda and presentations from this event can be found below.

The Final Report is available to download (to the right).

Key messages from the event

In terms of the mandates and operations of platforms in the Asia-Pacific region, a key difference between these and platforms in Europe is the absence of an overarching policy framework.

  • Joint efforts, joint publications etc. can have significantly more impact than working individually. Regional collaboration may be particularly important to developing countries within the region as a means of enhancing their capacity and ability to access and use relevant climate information.

Linking platforms within a region enables new developers and those with less mature platforms to advance rapidly based on the shared experiences and lessons learnt from other more mature / experienced platforms.

  • By leveraging capacities within a region, new platforms do not need to invest in resources already developed by other platforms. Linking across platforms will also enhance technical capacity such as downscaling, which is especially important for smaller and island countries in the Asia-Pacific region. Innovative approaches introduced by new developers can accelerate adaptation action within a region.

Networking of platforms in a region can provide opportunities to consolidate and integrate existing data, information, and approaches.

  • There are numerous datasets available within the Asia-Pacific region and consolidating these resources can make them more widely accessible and understandable while avoiding replication and duplication.

An additional advantage from partnership work at the regional level is the opportunity to transcend boundaries to more effectively address common climate change adaptation challenges.

  • Collaborating across countries at the operational level between experts working on climate adaptation platforms may provide the potential to inform the regional policy agenda and to highlight ambitions and needs more effectively.

Agenda

16.30

Welcome and introduction – Yasuaki Hijioka and Kim van Nieuwaal

16.40

Context setting – Yuji Masutomi, CCCA

16.50

Examples of climate adaptation platforms and organisations in the Asia-Pacific region, focusing on how they see the value to them of linking across the region:

  1. What are the benefits of having connections with other platforms in the region?
  2. What do you see as the challenges of working in a regional network setting?
  3. To what insights has working in a regional setting lead?
  • Japan, AP-PLAT and A-PLAT: Kazutaka Oka
  • CSIRO, Australia: Geoff Gooley
  • Pacific Climate Change Centre, SPREP: Yvette Kerslake
  • Philippines eCCET: Perpi Tiongson
  • South Korean Adaptation Center for Climate Change (KACCC): Young-II Song
  • Taiwan (TCCIP): Chia-Wei (Joyce) Chang

17.50

Plenary discussion: To share information and lessons learnt, with a focus on how CAPs can inform and promote action at the regional level: Asia-Pacific, Europe:

  1. What are practical uses of international/national adaptation platforms for promoting adaptation action in the Asia-Pacific region?
  2. What functions and content should/could be included in international/national adaptation platforms to promote adaptation action across the Asia-Pacific region?
  3. What are effective ways of collaboration between national adaptation platforms and international organizations?

18.50

Closing remarks – Yasuaki Hijioka and Roger Street

19.00

End

Presentations

Starting the discussion: Exploring the Potential for Linking International and National Platforms in the Asia-Pacific Region, by Yuji Masutomi, Center for Climate Change Adaptation, NIES

Introduction to A-PLAT & AP-PLAT by Kazutaka Oka, Center for Climate Change Adaptation, Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Research Section in Japan

Model of integrated impact and vulnerability evaluation of climate change (MOTIVE) by Dr. Young-II Song from the South Korean Adaptation Center for Climate Change

Taiwan Climate Change Projection Information and Adaptation Platform (TCCIP): An integrated climate change platform, by Chia-Wei (Joyce) Chang, Cheng-Tin (Wilson) Lin, Tsu-Ming Liu, Yung-Ming Chen, and Lee-Yaw Lin, National Sciences and Technology Centre for Disaster Reduction, Taiwan

Pacific Climate Change Centre, by ‘Ofa Ma’asi-Kaisamy, Manager of the Pacific Climate Change Centre

A platform-based approach to delivering climate intelligence at scale for informing risk & resilience in the western tropical Pacific, by Geoff Gooley, CSIRO

Sites for Co-Production and Collective Climate Action: CAPs for regional adaptation, by Perpi Tiongson, Oscar M. Lopez Center, Philippines

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