Symposium Report: The 4th International Climate Change Adaptation Platforms Meeting

Date December 15, 2023
Venue Tokyo and online

The Center for Climate Change Adaptation (CCCA) hosted the 4th International Climate Change Adaptation Platforms Meeting in Tokyo on December 15, 2024. The objective of this meeting was to develop insights into building platforms for climate change adaptation through discussion among representatives of such platforms worldwide. This was our first meeting in three years due to COVID-19.

Platforms for climate change adaptation worldwide represented

During the meeting, representatives of numerous platforms outlined their recent activities.

The presenters were as follows:

  • Yoshifumi Masago (National Institute for Environmental Studies): “Recent progress on A-PLAT”
  • Tasuku Machimura (National Institute for Environmental Studies): “Overview of local governments support team activities”
  • Kazutaka Oka (National Institute for Environmental Studies): “Overview of private sector team’s activities”
  • Heather Morrison, Sarah Rayfield, and Trevor Murdock (Canadian Centre for Climate Services): “Delivering climate services to enable adaptation”
  • Kati Mattern (European Environment Agency): “Informing adaptation policy and practice in Europe—European Climate Adaptation Platform/Climate-ADAPT”
  • Young-Il Song (Korean Environment Institute): “Introduction of climate change impact assessment system”
  • Rodel D. Lasco and Ayn G. Torres (Oscar M. Lopez Center): “Bridging climate change knowledge to action: Web-based tools for adaptation”
  • Hsin-Chi Li (National Science and Technology Center for Disaster Reduction): “Climate risk assessment and adaptation knowledge-building in Taiwan”
  • Yuji Masutomi (National Institute for Environmental Studies): “Recent progress on the Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Information Platform (AP-PLAT)”
  • Ofa Kaisamy and Rachel Nunn (Pacific Climate Change Centre/Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme): “Overview of the Pacific Climate Change Centre”
  • Geoff Gooley (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation): “Pacific Climate Change Science & Services CSIRO/SPREP collaboration: Overview, strategy, and next steps”
  • Sanjay Srivastava (Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific): “Accelerating climate change adaptation for disaster risk reduction and resilience in Asia and the Pacific”
  • Ramesh Soysa and Guilberto Borongan (Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific/Asian Institute of Technology): “Introducing the Asian Institute of Technology Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific”

Identifying needs, forming insights, and exploring synergies

Inspired by the presentations, the participants exchanged thoughtful opinions that will help to advance collaborations. The participants discussed how to provide information on adaptation to different sectors, and many were particularly interested in empowering the private sector, which is becoming an increasingly crucial practitioner of climate change adaptation.

The participants also notably discussed whether the existing governance systems implemented by different countries appropriately promote adaptation. Professor Roger Street, Associate Fellow of Green Templeton College and Honorary Research Associate at the Environmental Change Institute of the University of Oxford, suggested the importance of considering a shift from a sector-based strategy to a more systemic approach to climate change adaptation to facilitate community action.

At the end of the discussions, the participants confirmed the significance of meetings like this and confirmed the next steps in collaboration.

We sincerely appreciate all the participants who attended the meeting and hope that it will help to strengthen cooperation among change adaptation platforms worldwide.

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(Posted : 04/Mar/2024)