AP-PLAT mentioned in Quad Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Package (Q-CHAMP) statement

Date 24 / May /2022
Location Tokyo, Japan

Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida hosted the Quad Leaders’ Summit on May 24th, joined by Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and U.S. President Joe Biden.

In the summit meeting’s joint statement, it was announced that the Quad Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Package (Q-CHAMP) would be launched, with "mitigation" and "adaptation" as its two themes.

The Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Information Platform (AP-PLAT) was cited in the Q-CHAMP public statement as one of the cooperating organizations in the region.

An expert meeting on adaptation between the ‘Quad’ countries was held previously in April of this year, but this is the first time the alliance had been publicly announced on a government-to-government basis.

The Quad joint leaders’ public statement on climate was as follows:

Quad Joint Leaders’ Statement


“Recognizing the urgent need to address climate change as emphasized in the latest IPCC reports, we will steadfastly implement the Paris Agreement and deliver on the outcomes of COP26, accelerating our efforts to raise global ambition, including reaching out to key stakeholders in the Indo-Pacific region and supporting, strengthening, and enhancing climate actions by partners in the region including through mobilizing climate finance, both public and private, and facilitating the research, development, and deployment of innovative technology.
Today, we launch the "Quad Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Package (Q-CHAMP) (PDF) ” with "mitigation" and "adaptation" as its two themes. Q-CHAMP includes ongoing activities under the Quad Climate Working Group on: green shipping and ports aiming for a shared green corridor framework building on each Quad country’s input; clean energy cooperation in clean hydrogen and methane emissions from the natural gas sector; strengthening clean energy supply chains, welcoming the contribution of the Sydney Energy Forum; climate information services for developing an engagement strategy with Pacific island countries; and disaster risk reduction, including disaster and climate resilient infrastructure such as the efforts through the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI). Its coverage includes new cooperation in clean fuel ammonia, CCUS/Carbon Recycling, cooperation and capacity building support to advance high integrity carbon markets under Article 6 of the Paris Agreement, climate-smart agriculture, knowledge sharing on subnational climate actions, and ecosystem-based adaptation. To make Q-CHAMP tangible, we are committed to expanding our programs, in support of climate actions between our four countries as well as in the Indo-Pacific region. We recognize the immense challenges posed by climate change to the island nations of the Pacific. We welcome the new Australian Government's commitment to stronger action on climate change, including through passing legislation to achieve net zero by 2050 and lodging a new, ambitious Nationally Determined Contribution.”

The public statement on Q-CHAMP was as follows:

Quad Cooperation in Climate Change and launch of the Quad Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Package (Q-CHAMP)


“On the occasion of Quad leaders meeting in Tokyo on May 24, 2022, Quad countries confirmed our determination to further advance practical cooperation in addressing climate change, steadfastly implementing the Paris Agreement and delivering the outcomes of COP26, building on our ongoing cooperation and progress since the last leaders’ meeting. “

The Q-CHAMP program leaders also issued the following statement, confirming the need for collaboration to mitigate climate change:

“Quad countries are continuing in our efforts to provide support for Indo-Pacific partners, considering their growing needs for pragmatic transition to a net-zero economy and society and enhancing resilience to the impacts of climate change. To meet these needs, Quad countries launch the Quad Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Package (Q-CHAMP) with the themes of mitigation and adaptation/resilience guided by the Climate Working Group’s three pillars: climate ambition, clean energy, and adaptation/resilience.”

The Q-CHAMP leaders issued the following related statement as well:

“Q-CHAMP highlights our joint efforts in areas confirmed for cooperation at the Quad leaders’ meetings in September 2021 and May 2022 respectively. To make our cooperation increasingly tangible, practical, and systematic, Quad countries are committed to expanding our relevant programs, initiatives, and measures, fully utilizing our experience thereunder, in support of climate action between our four countries as well as in the Indo-Pacific region. The Q-CHAMP also summarizes individual actions Quad countries are taking to deliver tangible and practical climate action between our four countries as well as in the Indo-Pacific region.”

The Q-CHAMP partnership stressed future emphasis on adaption and resilience in matters of climate change as follows:


“Critical Climate Information-Sharing Including the Climate and Information Service Task Force Acknowledging the importance of climate information services and early warning systems in the Indo-Pacific region, especially for floods, droughts and heat waves, Quad countries held the initial meeting to exchange knowledge under the Climate and Information Service Task Force in April 2022. For the next step, Quad countries will hold a task force event on the occasion of the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (APMCDRR), slated in September 2022 in Brisbane, Australia, which will present an opportunity for Quad country representatives to engage with Indo-Pacific participants to share knowledge and gauge user needs across the region. Collaboration in this area will be driven by the needs of the Indo-Pacific, such as those documented in the Weather Ready Pacific proposal endorsed by Pacific leaders at the 2021 Pacific Island Forum Leaders’ Meeting, and can utilize knowledge and experience of the existing individual measures and platforms such as: SERVIR and NASA-USAID partnership: A joint initiative between the United States and leading geospatial organizations in Asia, Africa, and Latin America. Japan’s Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Information Platform (AP-Plat): Platform to support decision-making by taking the risks of climate change into consideration and highly effective climate change adaptation in the Asia-Pacific region. Australia’s Climate and Oceans Support Program in the Pacific (COSPPac).”

The four leaders agreed to hold the next meeting in Australia in 2023 and confirmed that they will continue to work closely together, such as by regular meetings between the leaders and foreign ministers.

AP-PLAT is honored to have the opportunity to serve as a platform to support risk-informed decision-making and effective climate adaption in the Asia-Pacific region. Everyone working on the AP-PLAT project at the Center for Climate Change Adaptation, National Institute for Environmental Studies, is looking forward to working closely with the Q-CHAMP group and other stakeholders to further share and disseminate knowledge and persist in our efforts to continue meeting the needs of our users.

(Posted : 26/May/2022)