12–14 March: 2nd Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum, Bangkok

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ICIMOD participated in the 2nd Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum, organized by the Regional Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform for Asia and the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network in Bangkok from 12 to 14 March 2012. Attended by over 700 participants, the forum provided a unique opportunity to share findings, innovations, opportunities, and challenges in mainstreaming climate change adaptation into development. Building on from Adaptation Forum 2010, the forum this year aimed to focus on ‘Adaptation in Action’, signifying a shift from deliberations to decisions, plans to policies, and policies to practices.

ICIMOD was one of 21 partners supporting the forum. ICIMOD supported the attendance of three youth representative, of which two –Dipesh Chapagain from Nepal and Tian Wang from China – were invited as speakers in the opening and closing of the main plenary. 

ICIMOD’s Tek Mahat led a session on ‘Youth and Adaptation’, and Dr Dhrupad Choudhury led a session on ‘Synergies Between Adaptation Toolkits and Methods in Practice’. On the sidelines of the forum, Navraj Pradhan attended a meeting on  the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) regional project  ‘Identification of win-win adaptation options through adaptation metrics and integrated adaptation decision making frameworks’, which ICIMOD is implementing in Nepal; other project partners are The Energy and Resources Institute (TERI) in India and the Bangladesh Centre for Advanced Studies (BCAS) in Bangladesh. The project is developing metrics for measuring progress in adaptation in the agriculture and water sectors in the Ganges basin.