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    Masataka Watanabe, Chair, Global Adaptation Network

    Chair, Asia Pacific Adaptation Network Professor, Chuo University, Tokyo, Japan

    The role of global and regional networks in supporting adaptation plans and policies,

    Introduction to the Global Adaptation Network (GAN) and Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN)

    NAP Expo 2015, April 14-15, 2015, Kameha Grand Hotel, Bonn, Germany

  • What does GAN seek to accomplish?

    Overall objective: To help build climate resilience of vulnerable communities, ecosystems and economies through the mobilization of knowledge for adaptation

  • How Does it Work? Regional Networks

    APAN: Asia Pacific Adaptation Network REGATTA: Regional Gateway for Technology Transfer and Climate Change Action WARN-CC: West asia Regional Network on Climate Change AAKNet: Africa Adaptation Knowledge Network

  • What work does GAN do at the global level?

    Prioritizing knowledge for adaptation, in regions and globally

    Sharing knowledge for adaptation globally through an online platform, knowledge-sharing events and publications;

    Connecting the Regional Networks, facilitating knowledge-sharing, exchange and collaboration among them, providing them technical support, and catalyzing the establishment of further regional and thematic networks under the GAN;

    Raising awareness of the GAN and the Regional Networks and representing them at international fora, strengthening their linkages to the UNFCCC processes, and building partnerships and mobilizing resources for their further development.

  • The First GAN Forum

    Mobilization of GAN Network members to share adaptation knowledge and engage in joint activities (i.e. fill adaptation gaps together)

    Facilitation of exchange and collaboration among global adaptation practitioners and decision makers and linking them through the regional networks

    Empowering organizations and networks to help countries and communities in their delivery of adaptation solutions, building of adaptive capacity and supporting policy processes.

    Mobilization of collaborative action and joint initiatives that address knowledge gaps and avoid redundancy

    6-7 March 2015, Panama City, Republic of Panama

  • The Lima Adaptation Knowledge Initiative

    Adaptation Knowledge Gap (LAKI)

    Andean Pilot

    Jointly organized with UNFCCC Workshop in Colombia

  • Adaptation Knowledge Days (I-VI)

    Annually in June, on margins of Bonn UNFCCC meeting

    In partnership with UNDP, World Bank, UNFCCC and IUCN

    Focuses on a topical issue

    This year will be Adaptation Finance

  • Introducing APAN

    Masataka WATANABE


    Chuo University

    Last reviewed: February 2014

  • APANs goal is to assist countries to build climate change resilient and sustainable human systems, ecosystems, and economies.

    APAN strives to equip key actors in the region with knowledge for:

    designing and implementing adaptation measures,

    building capacity to access technologies and finance in support of climate change adaptation, and

    integrating climate change adaptation into policies, strategies and plans.

    APANs Mission Statement

  • How APAN operates

    Regional Hub


    RRC.AP, SEI)


    Committee &




    Nodes (GWP SAS,




    Nodes (CAREC,




    UNEPs Global Adaptation Network (APAN, REGATTA, AAKN, WARN-CC)


  • 17 Partners

  • 1. Knowledge Management and Synthesis

    2. Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum

    3. Sub-Regional and Thematic Conferences

    4. Targeted and Focused Trainings

    APANs Core Activities

  • APAN Knowledge Management &


    Subscribe to receive APANs monthly newsletter:

    Latest climate change adaptation news

    Resources on APAN activities

    Announcements shared by over 5,000 community members

    APAN Web Portal: Extensive curated resources, databases on

    CCA good practices,

    projects and technologies

  • Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum

    APAN Forum: Host Organisations


    2014 Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

    2013 Korea Environment Institute, Korea Adaptation Center for Climate Change

    Incheon, Korea

    2012 APAN Partners Bangkok, Thailand

    2010 APAN Partners Bangkok, Thailand

  • Number of APAN training workshops, conferences and forums conducted since 2011

    Number of developing country govt officials who participated in APAN events since 2011:

    APAN Results and Impacts


    4,000 (approx.)

  • Lesson learned from GAN/APAN (1)

    How to design content focus on users highest priorities: conduct an analysis on who are the key users of knowledge, current sources of knowledge, nature of those sources through consultative meeting , capacity building workshops and trainings, sub-annual conference, Forums.

    What delivery mechanisms are giving greatest results: Workshops/sub-annual conference, APAN Forum are the most effective way of communicating with different stakeholders. APAN web portal and online community of practice are effective delivery mechanism.

  • Lesson learned from GAN/APAN (2)

    How can regional networks best benefit from and add value to GAN:

    (1) GAN can provide a wider platform to showcase

    the work of the regional networks,

    (2) Cross fertilization of ideas and leanings, setting

    standard of knowledge products

    (3) Synthesis knowledge from the different regional


  • Get involved with APAN

    APAN Web Portal: APAN on Facebook: APAN on Twitter:

    APAN Regional Hub IGES Regional Centre Unit 604, SG Tower, 6th Floor 161/1 Soi Mahadlek Luang 3 Rajdamri Road, Patumwan Bangkok 10330, Thailand Phone: +662-651-8794 Fax: +662-651-8798 Email: [email protected]

    APAN Programme Management Unit UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific 2nd Floor, UN Building Rajdamnern Nok Avenue Bangkok 10200, Thailand Phone: +662-288-1234 Fax: +662-280-3829 Email: [email protected]


    REGATTA virtual platform:

  • REGATTA Achievements

  • REGATTA Achievments

  • Adaptation

    Climate resilient society

    Sustainable Green


    Development Mitigation


    Low carbon society

    Sustainable Green Development for CCA

  • Vulnerability

    Vulnerability Index



    Past and present climate trends and risks Future weather conditions, i.e., temperature, precipitation and its pattern, drought episodes and flooding events Socio-economic changes, development plan and land use plan

    Disaster resilience capability of regulatory agency Existence of research institutes Microcredit , rural finance Climate insurance, mutual aid system Information, Climate change knowledge

    Facility damaged by climate disaster Present condition of facilities Operating/functioning conditions of facilities Changes in natural environment Soil fertility Irrigation, water point Livelihood sources

    requires integrative approach of both

    physical and social dimensions

    (ref. UNDP)

  • Ecological vulnerability = f (tem. precipitation, biomass)

    Threshold value of eco. vulnerability (~0.3) is critical to adaptation

    Loss as a function of Eco. Vulnerability in Mongolia

  • Challenge for GAN

    Promote adaptation under green development constraint, not trade-off

    Evaluation of vulnerability and adaptation effects