Plenarry session on `Adaptation Planning’ was successful in portraying an overall political and policy landscape of adaptation planning at different levels, methodologies and tools to support adaptation planning at different spatial and temporal scales including gender dimension, integrating adaptation planning into national and sectoral development to include achieving sustainable development goals, engagement of actors at different levels including vulnerable communities and non-state actors. It focused on past learning and suggested the way forward within the overall theme of the 5th Asia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum, which is `Adaptation and Living Under 2 degree Celsius: Bridging Gaps in Policy and Practice’.
Prof BuddhiMarambe, Chairman, National Experts Committee on Climate Change Adaptation, Sri Lanka, enhanced relevancy of the session by informing that National Adaptation Plan will be inaugurated on October 20, 2016 in Sri Lanka. He also pressed on country driven forces for adaptation plan. He further said: `Sri Lanka NAP includes 10 sectors like food security and water. Capacity building is key motto of this plan. Sri Lanka is divided into 3 climatic zones. We have done planning in comprehensive manner’.
Barney Dickson, Head, Climate Change Adaptation Unit, Ecosystem division, UN Environment, Nairobi, Kenya, expressed apprehension that from where money comes for adaptation plans. `There should be provision in national budget plan’ he stressed.
Atiq Rahman, Executive Director, Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS), Bangladesh emphasized on how vulnerable communities are trying to face climate change. Yuko Hoshino, Senior Assistant Director, Ministry of the Environment, Japan, said that his country started National Adaptation Plan (NAP) 3 years ago. `After adopting NAP, our focus is changed. We have started bilateral cooperation with Indonesia and other countries. Using bilateral channels, we have moved a lot but still need to move further’ he added.
Parallel Session on `Adaptation knowledge networks: Lessons from the region’ elaborated on how adaptation knowledge networks in different regions are developing their own approaches to adaptation knowledge exchange. These approached including establishment of Community of Practice, focused use of webinars, and other forms of both face to face and web-based communication. The session provided an opportunity to share experiences and to learn best practices from each other.
Jessica Hitt, Program Manager, Climate Adaptation Knowledge Exchange (CAKE), North America, shared her project on knowledge sharing and appealed enthusiasts to visit CAKE website for any queries. Peter King, Senior Advisor, Asia Pacific Adaptation Network Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific, Asian Institute if Technology, Thailand, emphasized on APAN’s core business in web based knowledge management, knowledge generation, Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum, sub-regional and thematic conferences and trainings.
Elena Pita, Programme Officer, REGATTA, UN Environment Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean, Panama, explained about REGATTA.