Tuesday 16 July, 2024 :: 

Program Schedule & Presentations

8:00 - 9:00 Registration

Master of Ceremony

Mozaharul Alam, Regional Climate Change Coordinator, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Environment Programme
9:00 - 9:20

Opening Plenary

  • Welcome
    Young-Woo Park, Regional Director and Representative for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
  • Video Message
    Achim Steiner, Executive Director, UNEP
  • Welcome
    Hideyuki Mori, President, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Representing the Government of Japan
9:20 - 9:50

Ministerial Statements

  • Regional Need of Climate Change Adaptation: Asia Perspective
    H.E. Virachai Virameteekul, Minister of Science and Technology, Thailand
  • Global Scenario of Climate Change Adaptation
    H.E. Mr. Staffan Tillander, Climate Change Ambassador, Government of Sweden
  • Regional need of Climate Change Adaptation: Pacific Perspective
    H.E. Mr. Faumuina Tiatia Liuga, Minister of Natural Resources & Environment, Samoa
9:50 - 10:10

Keynote Address

  • Knowledge, Capacity development and Finance, three pillars for successful adaptation
    Ursula Schaefer-Preuss, Vice President, Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

Group Picture with VIPS

10:20 - 11:00 Refreshment Break: Outside Area of the Conference Room 2, Second Floor
11:00 - 12:30


Theme 1

Vertical Integration - Multi-level Governance, Science and Policy

Challenges and opportunities of hierarchical governance and planning to integrate adaptation into development planning:
• The role of global, regional, national, sub-national and local level governance in planning and its top-down linkages.
• Advantages and limitations


• A. Atiq Rahman, Bangladesh Center for Advanced Studies (BCAS), Bangladesh


• Peter King, Institute for Global Environment Strategies (IGES), Thailand

Panel Members

• Harjeet Singh, ActionAid International, India

Hiroyuki Kusaka, Tsukuba University, Japan

• Batugedara Vidanage Ranjith Punyawardena, Natural Resources Management Centre, Sri Lanka

• Nilufa Islam, Water Resource Planning Organisation (WARPO), Ministry of Water Resources, Bangladesh

Theme 2

Horizontal Integration - Cross Sectoral Policy Planning and Implementation

Challenges and opportunities of sectoral policy, plan and implementation for cross-sectoral integration of adaptation from policy to implementation:
• The role of natural resource base, ecosystems and livelihood as potential entry points for cross-sectoral planning and integration
• Scope, possibilities and challenge


• John Soussan, Stockholm Environment Institute, Asia Center, Thailand


• George Varughese, Development Alternatives, India

Panel Members

• Andrew Noble, Regional Director, International Water Management Institute (IWMI), Southeast and Central Asia, Lao PDR

• Le Hoang Anh, Official, Standing office of Steering Committee of Climate Change, Vietnam

• Yutaka Matsuzawa, Ministry of Environment, Japan

• Richard Friend, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Cambodia

• Pradeep Kurukulasuriya, Global Senior Technical Advisor, Adaptation Programming, UNDP, New York

Theme 3

Financing Adaptation & Aid Effectiveness

Innovation and enhance access to adaptation finance mechanism:
• International and national governance of adaptation financing
• Role of business sector, non-government organization and community


• Gabor Vereczi, Regional Technical Advisor for Climate Change Adaptation – Pacific, UNDP


Saleemul Huq, Senior Research Fellow, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), UK and Director, ICCCAD, Bangladesh

Panel Members

• Bradford Philips, Climate Change Advisor, United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Thailand

• Tamara Levine, Policy Analyst, Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), France

• Leena Wokeck, Director, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Asia Center at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand

• Thomas Beloe, Aid Effectiveness Specialist, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Asia & the Pacific, Thailand

• Robert Dobias, Senior Advisor, Climate Change Program, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Philippines

• Olivier Gilard, Agence Française de Développement (AFD)

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 1500


Theme 1

Role of Science in Adaptive Development

What is the role of science in developing coherent and supportive policy?
• Advantages and limitations


• Said Irandoust, President, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand


Kazuya Yasuhara, Ibaraki University, Japan

Panel Members

Nay Htun, Research Professor, Sustainability Studies Programme, Stony Brook University, USA

• Jean Palutikof, Director, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF), Australia

• Sudip K. Rakshit, Vice President, Center of Excellence for Sustainable Development in the Context of Climate Change, Thailand

• Charles Rodgers, Senior Environment Specialist (Climate Change Adaptation), Asian Development Bank (ADB), Philippines

Theme 2

Vulnerability-based Adaptation

How do we interpret vulnerability based adaptation, ecosystem based adaptation and trans-boundary issues?
• Scope, possibilities and challenges


• Nessim J Ahmad, Director, Environment and Safeguards & Practice Leader (Environment)Division Director, Asian Development Bank, Philippines


Gernot Laganda, Regional Technical Advisor, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Thailand

Panel Members

• Megumi Muto, Research Fellow, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan

• Julie Webb, Climate Change Advisor, CARE International, Australia

• Jan Bojö, Sector Leader in Social, Environment, and Rural Unit Sustainable Development Department, World Bank, USA

• Akio Takemoto, Project Researcher, Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S), University of Tokyo, Japan

• Naderev M. Saño, Commissioner/ Undersecretary, Philippine Climate Change Commission, Philippines

Theme 3

Market-based Mechanism to Adaptation

What are the market-based risk transfer mechanisms to sustainable adaptation?
• Insurance, re-insurance, micro-finance for adaptation actions and implementation


• Richard Welford, Chairman, Corporate Social Responsibility Asia, Hong Kong, China


Mirey Atallah, Regional Team Leader and Regional Technical Advisor, Environment Finance, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP)

Panel Members

• Kolli N. Rao, Deputy General Manager, Agriculture Insurance Company of India Limited, India

• Thomas Mahl, Innovative Solutions Manager, Munich Re, Singapore

• Rajesh Kalra, Managing Director, Risk Management Software Inc. (RMSI), India

• R. Ramani, Director, Indian Institute of Natural Resins and Gums (IINRG), India

15:00 - 16:00 Refreshment Break & Market Place

Master of Ceremony

Roopa Rakshit, Knowledge Management Officer, Regional Resource Center for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Environment Programme
16:00 - 16:45 Closing Plenary: Synthesis & Reflections

• Saleemul Huq, Senior Research Fellow, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED), UK and Director, ICCCAD, Bangladesh

Masataka Watanabe, Chairperson, Asia Pacific Adaptation Network, Keio University, Japan

• Launch of the Asia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Portal by Anders Granlund, SENSA - Sweden's Environmental Secretariat for Asia

Master of Ceremony

Serena Fortuna, Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific, United Nations Environment Programme
17:00 - 17:30 Launches and Initiatives

• MFF & UNEP Publication Launch: Climate Proof - A Four Step Guide for Coastal Projects

Project Atmospheric Brown Cloud (ABC):
- Introductory remarks from Surendra Shrestha, Director, UNEP Resource Mobilization and Special Initiatives
- Remarks from Teruyuki Nakajima, Chair, Atmospheric Brown Clouds - Asia Science Team

17:30 - 19:30

Cocktail Reception & Networking

Mega City Climate Change Adaptation Study Launch

• Welcome speech by Ursula Schaefer-Preuss, Vice President, Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank (ADB)

• Welcome speech by Dr. Mettakun Tungasmita , Representative of the Governor, Bangkok Metropolitan Administration (BMA)

Presentation of synthesis report by Poonam Pillai, Senior Environmental Specialist, World Bank

• Q&A

Cultural Programme

Master of Ceremony

Stuart Ward, Information and Communication Officer, Swedish Environmental Secretariat for Asia (SENSA), Thailand
9:00 - 9:15

Opening Plenary

Linking Climate Change and the MDGs: A Human Development Perspective

Nicholas Rosellini, Deputy Regional Director, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) - Asia & the Pacific, Thailand

9:15 - 10:30 Plenary Debate Why Adaptation Mainstreaming?


• Stuart Ward, Information and Communication Officer, Swedish Environmental Secretariat for Asia (SENSA), Thailand
Provocateur • Governor Joey Salceda, Albay Province, Philippines
Panel Members

• Joydeep Gupta, Director, the Internews Earth Journalism Network Third Pole Project, India

• Charles Ehrhart, Climate Change Coordinator, CARE International, Thailand

• Darren Swanson, Director of Measurement & Assessment, International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD), Canada

• Ancha Srinivasan, Senior Climate Change Specialist, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Philippines

• Royol Chitradon, Director, Hydro and Agro Informatics Institute, Thailand

10:30 - 11:00 Refreshment Break
11:00 - 12:30


Theme 1

Adaptation Policies, Legislation & Regulations

What are the polices, legislation and regulations to facilitate climate change adaptation?
• Examine current status and need for the region in terms of existing supportive set of policies, regulations, incentives and their enforcement in adoption.
• Key requirements and gaps


• H.E. Dasho Paljor J Dorji, The National Environment Commission (NEC), Bhutan


Syeda Rizwana Hasan, Chief Executive, Bangladesh Environment Lawyers Association (BELA), Bangladesh

Panel Members

• Purushottam Ghimire, Joint Secretary and National Project Director, Ministry of Environment, Nepal

• Uttam C. Sharma, Municipal Scientist, Centre For Natural Resources Management, International Commission on Water Quality (IAHS), India

• Daisuke Sano, Senior Researcher, Institute of Global Environment Strategies (IGES), Japan

• Liana Bratasida, Assistant Minister, National Council on Climate Change, Ministry of Environment, Indonesia

Theme 2

Climate Uncertainty - Is this an impediment to adaptation?

What does current variability and vulnerability to climate change adaptation mean?
• Harmonization of long-term vision of climate change with short-term priorities for vulnerability to current climate variability.
• Key in embarking the mainstreaming process


• Jean Palutikof, Director, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF), Australia


Gavin Kenny, Director, Earthwise Consulting Ltd., New Zealand

Panel Members

Meen B. Poudyal Chhetri, General Secretary, Nepal Center for Disaster Management (NCDM), Nepal

• Ranjana Piyadasa, Senior Lecturer, University of Colombo, Sri Lanka

• Xianfu Lu, Secretariat, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Germany

• Shihiru Date, Transport Specialist, Asian Development Bank (ADB), Philippines

Theme 3

Capacity Needs for Mainstreaming

Mainstreaming - building in lessons to policy and planning to make part of adaptation business as usual
• Awareness raising and building scientific capacity - precursor to adaptation
• Targeted information for policy makers, planners, civil society, research community
• Pilot activities on adaptation involving governments, private sectors and NGOs


• Srikantha Herath, Senior Academic Programme Officer, United Nations University, Japan


• Ali Tauqeer Sheikh, Director of Asia Network, Climate & Development Knowledge Network (CDKN), Pakistan

Panel Members

• Manuel Nong C Rangasa, Executive Director, Centre for Initiatives and Research on Climate Adaptation (CIRCA), Albay Province, Philippines

• Peter Hazlewood, Director, Ecosystems and Development World Resources Institute, USA

• Raman Letchumanan, Secetariat, the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Indonesia

Wilfredo Hojilla Uy, Institute of Fisheries Research and Development, Mindanao State University, Philippines

12:30 - 13:30 Lunch
13:30 - 14:30


FE 1.1 Community-based Adaptation
  • Care International
  • FAO
  • FE 1.2 Business, Sustainable Development & Climate Change Adaptation: A Dialogue Exploring Opportunities for Partnership
    FE 1.3 City Adaptation to Climate Change
  • The Rockefeller Foundation & ARUP
  • 14:30 - 15:30


    FE 2.2 A Roundtable on Local Governance and Climate Change – Delivering on the Ground
  • Development Climate Change Policy: Adaptation Practices of Albay to Outperform MDG by 2015
  • Role of Local Government in implementing Climate Change Policy in Bhutan
  • FE 2.3 Adaptation Knowledge Management
  • Introduction by Xianfu Lu
  • Nairobi Work Plan
  • Regional Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform for Asia
  • Adaptation Learning Mechanism
  • Climate and Development Knowledge Network
  • Responding to the Challenges of Global Change: Enhancing Resilience & Supporting Adaptation of Mountain Communities
  • FE 2.3 Climate Proofing Coastal Ecosystem-based Investments: learning with MFF
  • Climate Proofing Coastal Ecosystem-based Investments: learning with Mangroves for the Future
  • Ecosystem-based Integrated Coastal Resource Management through Multi-stakeholder Participation in Southern Thailand
  • 15:30 - 16:00 Refreshment Break
    16:00 - 17:00


    FE 3.3 Child-based Adaptation
    FE 3.3 Asia Pacific Adaptation Network
  • Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN)
  • APAN Consultation Meeting
  • Building a Climate Resilient Asia: ADB's Emerging Experience & Role of APAN
  • Asia Pacific Adaptation Network
  • FE 3.3 Linkages Between Disaster Risk Reduction & Climate Change Adaptation
    Master of Ceremony: Sabita Thapa, Research Fellow & Manager, Stockholm Environment Institute
    17:00 - 18:00

    Closing Plenary

    • Adaptation Forum 2010 Synthesis
      Louis Lebel, Unit for Social and Environmental Research (USER), Chiang Mai University, Thailand
    • Mainstreaming Adaptation: The Way Forward
      Anders Granlund, Director, Swedish Environmental Secretariat for Asia (SENSA), Thailand
    • Vote of Thanks!
      Mahesh Pradhan, AIT-UNEP RRC.AP (Secretariat)
    Bus Leaves for Hilton at 18:30