Activity Brief: 4th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum
The 4th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum was organised by the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), a collaborative network between the United Nations Environment Programme, the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific, and the Stockholm Environment Institute.
The Forum was hosted by the Office of the Science Advisor to the Prime Minister of Malaysia, with technical support from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia's Southeast Asia Disaster Prevention Research Initiative (SEADPRIUKM). The Forum was supported by the Ministry of the Environment, Japan; the Asian Development Bank; the Korea Environment Institute; and the Rockefeller Foundation.
The Forum brought together more than 500 policymakers, scientists, donors, researchers, and representatives from NGOs, international organisations and regional intergovernmental bodies from around 50 countries in Asia and that Pacific and beyond. It was designed with various activities such as plenary sessions, panel discussions, side events, and a marketplace to promote greater interaction.
The Forum was structured around the theme “New Partnerships for Resilient Development: Government, Business and Society" and it focused on the following five topics:
- Mainstreaming and transformative change: policy; trade and finance; technology/knowledge transfer; public–private partnerships; ethics and values; gender sensitive development; community involvement; and poverty alleviation
- Development and the food-water-energy nexus: agricultural land; water use; water resources; infrastructure/reconstruction; private investment; and energy/water/food security
- Disaster risk reduction and human security: loss and damage; insurance; risk communication; risk management and adaptation; reconstruction; health; conflict; migration; and poor and vulnerable groups
- Forestry, biodiversity and ecosystems change: livelihoods; traditional ecological knowledge; conservation; and communitybased and ecosystem-based adaptation
- Cities with an emphasis on coastal development and sea-level rise: urbanisation; tourism; heat waves; mangrove protection; sea-level rise; and Small Island Developing States