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Side Event: Networking for Adaptation Knowledge & Action in Asia-Pacific by APAN

Date: Monday 18 November 2013
Time: 18:30 – 20:00
Venue: Japan Pavilion, Room 47, Zone D, Level 1, The National Stadium

Co-organisers: Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Bangkok Regional Centre, UNEP Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (ROAP), and Ministry of Environment, Japan.

Background:
The Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) is a regional network of practitioners responding to the growing and urgent need for climate change adaptation.  As a ‘network of networks’, APAN functions in a collaborative approach, working to effectively manage and disseminate diverse climate change adaptation knowledge and meet on-the-ground demands of climate change practitioners. Together with international organisations, development agencies and other partners across the region, APAN serves to equip government officials and other key actors with critical knowledge to design climate change adaptation measures, to access needed finance and technologies, and to build capacity to integrate climate change adaptation into national development policies. Its mission is to help build climate change resilient and sustainable human systems, ecosystems and economies in counties across the Asia-Pacific region.

APAN through its work has scaled up the adaptation actions in the region with wider ownership of different stakeholders in and through its strategic partnership with sub-regional and thematic partners. The network is owned by diverse stakeholders, which has enhanced interaction on the sectoral adaptation practices as knowledge product which has contributed to strengthening the policy frameworks connecting practice on ground. The network has also built capacity, especially of government officials to enable better policy formulation and integration of climate adaptation.

Objectives:

  •     Highlight the role and need for Adaptation Networks
  •     Highlight the importance of Networking
  •     Shed light on the  effectiveness of Networks in climate change adaptation
  •     Create awareness regarding APAN and its activities
Target Audience:
The side event will target government representatives, adaptation practitioners, experts, NGOs, INGOs, and Donors.


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