This course was conducted as part of the inception phase of the Regional Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform for Asia. This is a programme being implemented by the Stockholm Environment Institute, the Swedish Environment Secretariat for Asia, the United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific and the UNEP/AIT Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific.
The 5 day course took place in Bangkok (5-9 October 2009). It was conducted by the Stockholm Environment Institute and the weADAPT Group and includes 2 streams: "Adaptation Principles and Planning" and "Climate Information for Adaptation and Risk Communication".
Opening remarks to welcome participants to the course were given by representatives of the Regional Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform for Asia. A general introduction to the Platform was presented to the participants and then all were invited to introduce themselves. A list of participants and facilitators is available here. For the individual introductions we all played a network game, connecting with a ball of wool while briefing rapidly who we are, our background, where do we work and what is our professional interest.
Stream 1: Adaptation Principles and Planning
This stream focused mainly on frameworks, concepts, robust decision making, decision-actions, networks, and adaptation pathways i.e. methodologies and approaches used to support organizations, networks, and countries move in the adaptation process. Expected outcomes:
- Outcome 1: Better understanding of the concept of adaptation to climate change, vulnerability, adaptive management, and approaches for robust decision making and community, sectoral, and national planning.
- Outcome 2: Improved analytical skills for adaptation planning (including network and decision analysis).
- Outcome 3: Understanding the utility and constraints of tools to support adaptation decisions and knowledge sharing.
Stream 2: Climate Information and Risk Communication
This course focused on the use, analysis and interpretation of climate information to support the process of context-specific decision-making for adaptation. Concepts of uncertainty and robustness were applied in the interpretation of climate projections. Participant learned how to use and apply the Climate Change Explorer for their specific case studies. Approaches and methods for climate risk communication were also explored during the week.
- Outcome 1: Locally-based understanding of what climate change means in the region and an understanding of the value of the climate envelope approach
- Outcome 2: An understanding of the type of information available to make locally appropriate adaptation decisions.
- Outcome 3: Understanding the utility of tools for adaptive capacity building and risk communication.