Investigating public understanding of climate change across Asia

on Thursday, 06 December 2012 18:19. Posted in News from the region

Launched by the BBC Media Action, Climate Asia is the first comprehensive study on the experiences and public understanding of climate change in Asia

The project, supported by the Department for International Development (DFID) of UK, aims to provide an evidence base for public understanding of climate change in the region and inform the design of communication strategies to provide people directly affected by a changing environment with the information needed to respond. 

climate asiaWith a multi-country research approach, Climate Asia examines people’s understanding of the effects and impacts of climate change and their responses, using a language more likely to relate to everyday life. Instead of focusing primarily on the concept of climate change, the survey asked questions about tangible issues including food, water, energy and extreme weather events. A paper illustrating Climate Asia's research approach is available here.

More than 30,000 individuals most vulnerable to the effects of climate change (e.g. farmers, fishermen, urban slum dwellers, migrants) were interviewed in the seven countries included in the study, namely: Bangladesh, China, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan and Vietnam. The research also used national surveys, focus groups, and community assessments among the general public, and in-depth interviews and workshops with the media, climate change experts, government, and business.

Through the study, a set of tools useful for governments, donors, NGOs, and the media will be developed for the improvement of communications on climate change to the public. The tools will include a regional summary, individual country reports, an interactive data portal and a practitioner guide series to be launched in September 2013.

To find out more about the project and its initial research insights visit Climate Asia blog or contact the Climate Asia team at

Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum

on Wednesday, 21 November 2012 17:18. Posted in News from the region

The 3rd Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum will be held on March 18-20, 2013 at Incheon, South Korea. Bearing the theme "Mainstreaming Adaptation into Development: Strategies and Actions in a Changing Climate", the forum will focus on four key topics:

  • adaptation strategies;
  • critical and neglected groups;
  • adaptation in sectors and systems; and
  • knowledge management for adaptation.

The main organizers of the event are the Institute for Global Environment Strategies (IGES), the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP), the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the Korea Environment Institute/Korea Adaptation Center for Climate Change (KEI/KACC).


The deadline for registration has been extended to January 27, 2013. There is no registration fee. However, participants are requested to submit a briefing note on their work related to climate change adaptation and relevant to the forum's themes.

Participants may choose to serve as speakers, booth holders in the market place (a venue for sharing their organization's adaptation activities), organizers for the panel sessions, or listeners.

To learn more about the forum and see a detailed programme, visit or contact the Forum 2013 Secretariat at

ADB publications catalog 2012 released

on Friday, 16 November 2012 16:31. Posted in News from the region

adbThe Asian Development Bank (ADB) has recently released its Publications Catalog for Fall 2012. The catalog provides a listing of books, reports, manuals, and other materials from ADB. It features publications on the following themes:

  • Agriculture, Rural Development, and Food Security;
  • Education;
  • Energy;
  • Environment;
  • Financial Sector Development;
  • Public Management and Governance;
  • Public-Private Partnership;
  • Regional Cooperation and Integration;
  • Social Development and Poverty;
  • Transport;
  • Urban; and
  • Water and Sanitation.

Titles on agriculture, rural development, and food security include: "Case Studies on Cross-Border Ecotrade" ($24.00); "Food Security and Poverty in Asia and the Pacific: Key Challenges and Policy Issues" ($25.00); "Rural Development for Cambodia: Key Issues and Constraints" ($34.00); and "Food Security and Climate Change in the Pacific: Rethinking the Options" ($28.00).

For a complete list of publications in the catalog, see the ADB Publications site. For orders, visit this site.

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) aims for an Asia and Pacific free from poverty through loans, grants, policy dialogue, technical assistance, and equity investments.


on Saturday, 27 October 2012 03:16. Posted in Opportunities

A training on the development of National Adaptation Plans of Action (NAPAs) on climate change adaptation in South Asia will be held on 5-6 November 2012 at the Hotel Soaltee Plaza, Kathmandu, Nepal. Organized by the Climate Action Network South Asia (CANSA) and co-organized by the Asia-Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), it is expected to be participated in by South Asian policy makers. 

It was through the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) that the preparation of NAPAs by developing countries was approved. Guided by the principles of sustainable development and contemporary approaches in national development strategies of Least Developing Countries, NAPAs identify how adaptation may be integrated fully in a country's development strategy.

This workshop aims to:

a) Share best practices and steps to be followed at local and national levels inputting into a 10-year road map for adaptation to climate change, through consultative approach materializing into a NAPA;

b) Map key sectors that need to be prioritized in respective countries and criteria to shortlist the sectors based on vulnerability due to climate change; and 

c) Initiate regional cooperation and coordination through exchange of knowledge, skills and resources for strengthening climate actions across South Asian countries.


For more information, visit APAN or contact the director at