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Terms of Use

The National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan ("NIES") facilitates the availability of the "Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Information Platform" website ("Site") as a service to any user or users accessing the Site ("You" or "Your").

Your use of this Site and its content is subject to the terms of use outlined below ("Terms of Use"). You accept these Terms of Use by using this Site, including accessing any information, documents, data, databases, maps or materials contained on this Site (together, "Materials").

If you do not wish to be bound by these Terms of Use, you must not access or use this Site.

NIES reserves the right to modify these Terms of Use at any time, and from time to time. Your continued access to and use of this Site constitutes your acceptance of such modifications.


This Site was developed by NIES and Asia Development Bank with various service providers, including information providers and content providers ("Service Providers"), and is supported by the Ministry of the Environment, Japan ("MoEJ")

NIES, ADB and the Service Providers provide the Materials solely as a resource for you without any form of assurance. By using this Site, you acknowledge and agree that you have made your own assessment of the suitability or otherwise of the Materials for your specific purposes. Although NIES, ADB and the Service Providers aim to provide high-quality content, the Materials are provided "as is" without a warranty of any kind, either express or implied, including, without limitation, warranties of merchantability, fitness for a particular purpose, or non-infringement, except insofar as the exclusion of any implied warranties would contravene the law or cause any part of these terms of use to be void. NIES, ADB and the Service Providers' maximum liability and remedy to you for breach of any non-excludable implied warranty is limited, at their option, to either rectifying or resupplying the Materials or the specific relevant section of the Site.

NIES, ADB and the Service Providers specifically do not make any warranties or representations as to the accuracy or completeness of the Materials. NIES, ADB and the Service Providers do not represent or endorse the accuracy, reliability or timeliness of this Site, the Materials or of any advice, opinion, statement or other information provided by this Site, any user of this Site or any other person or entity. Your use and reliance upon this Site, the Materials or any such opinion, advice, statement, or other information shall be at your own risk. Neither NIES, ADB nor the Service Providers will be liable to you in any capacity for damages or losses that may result from your use of, your inability to use, or your reliance on this Site, the Materials or any advice, opinion, statement or other information made available via this Site. Under no circumstances shall NIES, ADB or the Service Providers be liable to you for any direct, indirect, incidental, special, consequential or punitive damages.

To the extent permitted by law, all international conventions that might import contractual terms into these Terms of Use are excluded, including the United Nations Convention on Contracts for the International Sale of Goods.

NIES, ADB and the Service Providers shall not be responsible for any errors, omissions or inadvertent alterations that may occur in the disclosure of content on this Site. Unless expressly stated otherwise, the findings, interpretations, and conclusions expressed on this Site, including in the Materials, are not necessarily those of NIES, ADB nor MoEJ.

By making any designation of, or reference to, a particular territory or geographical area, or by using the term "country" on this Site, neither NIES, ADB, MoEJ nor the Service Providers intend to make any judgment as to the legal or other status of any territory or area.

Boundaries, colors, denominations or any other information shown on any map included on this Site do not imply, on the part of NIES, ADB, MoEJ or the Service Providers, any judgment on the legal status of any territory, or any endorsement or acceptance of such boundaries, colors, denominations, or information.

Nothing in this Site or any Materials shall be construed, implicitly or explicitly, as containing any investment recommendation or advice or as constituting an offer of, or an invitation by or on behalf of, NIES, ADB or the Service Providers to purchase or sell any shares or securities.

NIES reserves the right to modify or discontinue, temporarily or permanently, this Site, or any means of accessing or utilizing this Site, in its sole discretion with or without prior notice at any time and from time to time.

Nothing in, or relating to, these Terms of Use may be construed as a limitation upon or waiver, express or implied, of any of the privileges, immunities and exemptions accorded to international law, including international customary law, any international conventions, treaties or agreements, or any other applicable laws or agreements, and no provision of these Terms of Use may be interpreted or applied in a manner, or to an extent, inconsistent with such privileges, immunities and exemptions.


Unless otherwise indicated and subject to any third party provider requirement (refer below), the Materials may be copied, downloaded, distributed, adapted, duplicated, linked, displayed or included in other products for commercial and non-commercial purposes at no cost to you but subject to your including the following citation:

NIES, Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Information Platform website, ( cited [insert date of citation]

ADB, The Regional Climate Consortium for Asia and the Pacific (RCCAP), ( cited [insert date of citation].

The Materials may link to, or contain, content that may originate from third parties. Use of this content may be subject to different ownership and terms of use, including third party source attribution or acknowledgement (if applicable). If you wish to use content from such third-party providers, you should refer to the source material for the relevant terms of use.

By using any of the Materials, you agree to provide attribution to NIES in the manner outlined above. When sharing or facilitating access to the Materials, you agree to include in any sub-licenses of the Materials that you grant the same acknowledgement requirement, and a requirement that any sub-licensee do the same.

You may not claim or imply that NIES, ADB or its service providers endorses your use of the Materials, nor may you use the logos of NIES, ADB or its service providers in conjunction with such use, unless you have received prior written permission from NIES, ADB or its relevant service provider.

Your Responsibilities

Your use of this Site is at your own risk. You are solely responsible for ensuring that this Site and the Materials are suitable for your own use or purpose.

If you are employed and intend to use this Site in connection with your employment duties, then you warrant that you are authorized to do so on behalf of your employer.

If you upload, submit, store, supply or send content to this Site, you warrant that you have all appropriate permissions and licenses to make the content available for the Site and users of the Site.

You shall indemnify NIES, ADB and the Service Providers from and against any and all actions, claims, losses, damages, liabilities and expenses (including attorney's fees) arising out of your use of this Site, including without limitation any breach or alleged breach of these Terms of Use.

No Other Rights Granted

Ownership and intellectual property rights in the Site and the Materials remain with NIES, ABD and the Service Providers. Nothing in this license or these Terms of Use grants to you ownership or intellectual property rights in the Site and/or Materials apart from the limited license described in these Terms of Use. You must not remove, alter or otherwise interfere with any trademark, logo, copyright or other proprietary notices, symbols, labels or copyright protection devices that may be used in relation to or incorporated in the Site or Materials.


The security of your password is solely your responsibility, and you should not share your password with anyone nor store your password in an insecure location. You should not allow others to use your account to access the Site, and you are responsible for any such access as if you were the person accessing the Site.

Links to Third-Party Websites

Through this Site, NIES and ADB provide a number of links to third-party websites for the convenience of its users. The inclusion of these links does not in any way imply endorsement of the third-party websites by NIES, ADB or the Service Providers. These links are not under the control of NIES, ADB or the Service Providers, and neither NIES, ADB nor the Service Providers shall be responsible for the contents of these linked websites, the opinions and statements expressed therein, or whether the linked website is active. This also applies to any additional links that may appear within these third-party websites.

If you intend to use content from third-party websites linked to this Site, you acknowledge and agree that you are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary approvals in relation to your intended use of such content. NIES, ADB and the Service Providers do not make any warranties or representations as to the availability or otherwise of any information, documents, data and databases, maps, materials or content made available via third-party websites linked to this Site.

All proprietary rights of any third-party websites remain unaffected by their links to this Site.

Linking to the NIES or ADB Website and Republishing of Articles

NIES and ADB encourage websites and blogs to link to their web pages. Articles may be republished without alteration with the attribution statement "This article was first published by AP-PLAT ( or ADB ( for the RCCAP archives".

NIES reserves the right to revoke this permission if a link or any other material is used to imply that NIES or ADB is promoting or endorsing an unapproved website, blog, publication or product, or if the same material is used in a way that is defamatory or damaging to its reputation.


NIES, ADB or the Service Providers may use your IP address to help diagnose problems with the Site, and to administer the Site. If you use this Site, register for this Site, or register for any email newsletter or news alerts, you may be asked for information that helps to identify you, such as your name, email address, and organization. The information you are asked to provide is used for technical and customer administration of this Site only and is not shared with third parties other than the Service Providers operating the Site on behalf of NIES and ADB. Neither NIES, ADB nor the Service Providers assumes any responsibility for the security of your information.

Community Forum

This Site includes a message or communication facility (collectively, "Community Forum"). You agree to register and use the Community Forum only to send and receive messages and material that are proper and related to that particular Community Forum. By way of example, and not as a limitation, you agree that when using the Community Forum, you shall not do or attempt to do any of the following:

  • Defame, abuse, harass, stalk, threaten or otherwise violate the legal rights (such as rights of privacy and publicity) of others.
  • Publish, post, distribute or disseminate any defamatory, infringing, obscene, indecent or unlawful material or information.
  • Upload or attach files that contain software or other material protected by intellectual property laws (or by rights of privacy or publicity) unless you own or control the rights thereto or have received all the necessary consents.
  • Upload or attach files that contain viruses, corrupted files, or any other similar software or programs that may damage the operation of another user's computer.
  • Delete any author attributions, legal notices or proprietary designations or labels in any file that is uploaded.
  • Falsify the origin or source of software or other material contained in a file that is uploaded.
  • Advertise or offer to sell any goods or services, or conduct or forward surveys, contests, or chain letters.
  • Download any file posted by another user of the Community Forum that you are aware, or should reasonably be aware, should not be made available through the Community Forum.
  • You acknowledge that the Community Forum is a public and not a private forum. Further, you acknowledge that chats, postings, conferences, e-mails and other communications by other users are not endorsed by ADB or the Service Providers, and such communications may not be subject to review, screening or approval by ADB or the Service Providers. ADB reserves the right to remove, for any reason and without notice, any contents of the Community Forum received from you, including without limitation, e-mails and bulletin board postings.


To facilitate your use of this Site, NIES, ADB or the Service Providers will use cookies to remember your Site visits and usage, as well as information that you have already provided. You can always direct your browser to refuse cookies, but this may affect how you can use certain features of the Site, and you may need to provide your information again to be able to use some of services of the Site.


NIES may terminate your access to this Site and your license to use the Materials if you breach the terms of the license or any other Term of Use. On termination, your rights to use the Site and the Materials cease.

Governing Law

These Terms of Use are governed by and construed in accordance with the laws of the country of the Service Provider.

Contacting the Website

If you have any questions about this privacy statement, the practices of this site, or your dealings with this website, please email