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Wednesday | 17 October 2018

07:00~08:45 Registration
08:45~09:00 Welcome
Facilitator: Rico Hizon, Anchor, BBC World News
09:00~09:30 Opening of the 6th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum
  • Emmanuel M. De Guzman, Secretary, Climate Change Commission, Philippines
  • Elbuchel Sadang, Minister of Finance, Republic of Palau
  • Yasuo Takahashi, Vice-Minister for Global Environment Affairs, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
  • Bambang Susantono, Vice President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank
  • Youssef Nassef, Director, Adaptation, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat
  • Dechen Tsering, Regional Director, UN Environment, Asia and the Pacific Office
09:30~10:30 Keynotes
  • Anand Patwardhan, Research Director, Global Commission on Adaptation
  • Saleemul Huq, Director, International Centre for Climate Change and Development
Plenary Session: Why Resilience Matters?
Temperature changes, sea-level rise and extreme weather events are already putting human, natural, infrastructure systems, and communities under extreme stress. If current efforts continue to be business-as-usual with limited adaptation interventions, over a hundred million people living in the most vulnerable regions of Asia and the Pacific will be pushed to extreme poverty. Because of the nature of interconnections and interdependence of our environmental, social and built systems, actions that endanger our lives and pose risks to property hold as much promise in enabling society to avoid the worst impacts. Nevertheless, the challenge will take a huge effort, with the need for all sectors of society, people of all ages and capacity, to address this monumental issue of building resilience against climate change. Nothing short of an intergenerational effort will be required to build up the resilience critical to address such an intergenerational challenge as that brought about by the changing climate.
  • Rachmat Witoelar, Presidential Special Envoy for Climate Change, Indonesia
  • Alex Rendell, Founder, Environmental Education Center, Thailand and Social Influencer
  • Antoinette Taus, Founder, Planet CORA and UN Advocate for Life Below Water (SDG 14), Philippines
  • Dina Farooq Malik, Co-Founder, SEPLAA Young Leaders Club, International Author, Pakistan
  • Miel Sequeira-Holm, Palauan Heir, Heirs to Our Oceans
10:30~11:00 Coffee Break
11:00~12:30 Parallel Sessions
Auditorium B Finnace and Investment Strengthening Resilience through Social Protection Programs
Moderator: Karin Schelzig, Asian Development Bank

Climate change is exacerbating existing vulnerabilities and creating new ones in Asia and the Pacific region. The adverse effects are felt most by the poor and the marginalized population. The effects result in the near-poor sliding back into poverty due to impacts of climate related shocks and stresses and the increase in the number of transitory poor due to increase in intensity and frequency of climate hazards. This session aims at demonstrating the importance of social protection programs to strengthen climate resilience; and identifying concrete actions that can be undertaken as part of social protection programs to deliver on resilience outcome.
  • Camilo G. Gudmalin, Undersecretary, Deputy National Program Director for Operations of the Pantawid Pamilyang Pilipino Program, Department of Social Welfare and Development, Philippines
  • Neha Rai, International Institute for Environment and Development, United Kingdom
  • José Luis Fernández Filgueiras, Food and Agriculture Organization, Philippines
  • Rachel Slater, University of Wolverhampton, United Kingdom
Auditorium C Policy and Governance Nature-based Solutions: Policy Learnings from the Field
Moderator: Mozaharul Alam, UN Environment, Asia and the Pacific Office

For policy makers and practitioners, it is often not clear how the main notions of resilience thinking translate into the governance for adaptation and its practical implementation. Issues that include how decisions should be made, who should pay, and what is fair and equitable, are among the drivers that can influence how well managed ecosystems support adaptation. This session will discuss how and why policies should support integrated approaches to match the scale required by ecosystem and ecosystem services to fully function – and at the same time remain relevant for the needs of intended target beneficiaries and sectors for such to be supported.
  • Dil Bahadur Bhattarai, Machhapuchhre Development Organization (MDO), Nepal
  • Elmer Mercado, World Bank
  • Feng Hu, China Water Risk, Hongkong
  • Nissay Sam, Ministry of Agriculture, Cambodia
  • Arivudai Nambi, World Resources Institute, India
Auditorium A Technologies and Practices Urban Resilience and Climate-Smart Cities
Moderator: Virinder Sharma, Asian Development Bank

This session will discuss resilience of the built environment through the analysis of system interdependencies between water/energy/transport and the application of innovative technologies and smart cities design.
  • Rob Wilby, Loughborough University
  • Lara Arjan, Asian Development Bank
  • Jan Ramos Pandia, QLUE Ltd.
  • Theresa Yeung, Arup
  • Juliet Mian, The ResilienceShift
Auditorium D Science and Assessment The Role of Science in Managing Erosion and the Impacts of Increasing Temperature
Moderator: Madelsar Ngiraingas, OneReef Worldwide Stewardship

International assessments consistently find that island states and communities are among the most vulnerable to climate change and disasters. Localized scientific information and research play a critical role in informing climate change adaptation, in particular, in environments with features and qualities that are biologically or geographically unique. This session will highlight various research that supplement traditional knowledge, support adaptation planning and build resilience, as well as, the means to which information is shared.
  • Adelle Lukes Isechal, Ministry of Natural Resources, Environment and Tourism, Palau
  • Sharon Patris, Coral Reef Research Foundation, Palau
  • Kirisimasi Seumanutafa, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Samoa
  • Florence Kuali-Iautu, Meteorology and Geo-Hazards Department, Vanuatu
Auditorium Annex Planning and Processess The Role of Science Tools and Indigenous Knowledge Practices to Enhance Community Resilience
Moderator: Linda Anne Stevenson, Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN), Puja Sawhney, SWITCH-Asia Sustainable Consumption and Production Facility, Thailand

This session will draw on the expertise and experiences of the panelists in developing adaptive capacity and increasing resilience and will focus on the need for cross-communication among decision-makers, scientists and practitioners to enhance adaptive capacity and resilience at community levels mainly in India, Philippines, Cambodia and Vietnam. Audience participation is crucial to share additional good practices in promoting adaptation and using tools and methodologies to build capacity for adaptation and enhance resilience especially at the local level.
  • Lance Heath, Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN)
  • Juan M. Pulhin, University of the Philippines Los Baños, Philippines
  • Ho Ngoc Son, Thai Nguyen University of Agriculture and Forestry, Viet Nam
  • Christine Jacobson, University of the Sunshine Coast, Australia
12:30~13:30 Lunch
13:30~15:00 Plenary Session: Local Governments at the Forefront
Moderator: Rico Hizon, Anchor, BBC World News

The session aims to draw evidenced-based lessons from successful local climate actions that enable resilience in human and social systems. It seeks to impart challenges and recommendations on monitoring, evaluating and reporting adaptation and resilience at the local scale. It also aims to discuss interventions needed from the national government and other stakeholders to support the work of local governments.
  • Yasuo Takahashi, Vice-Minister for Global Environmental Affairs, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
  • Loren Legarda, Commissioner, Global Commission on Adaptation/ Chairperson, Senate Committees on Finance, Climate Change and Foreign Relations, Philippines [video message]
  • Sally Ante Lee, Mayor, Sorsogon City, Sorsogon, Philippines
  • Alfredo Matugas Coro, Mayor, Del Carmen, Surigao del Norte, Philippines
  • Ronaldo Golez, Mayor, Municipality of Dumangas, Iloilo, Philippines
15:00~15:30 Coffee Break
15:30~17:00 Parallel Sessions
Auditorium B Science and Assessment Understanding the Cascading Risks of Climate Change
Moderator: Donna Lagdameo, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

This session will discuss the creeping yet pervasive impacts of slow onset events due to climate change, highlighting the importance of research to support science-based and risk-informed development planning.
  • Andreea Raluca Torre, Stockholm Environment Institute
  • Renato Redentor Constantino, Institute for Climate and Sustainable Cities
  • Seonmi Choi, UNICEF East Asia Pacific Regional Office
  • Charles Rodgers, Asian Development Bank
  • Beau Damen, Food and Agriculture Organization
Auditorium C Technologies and Practices Innovative Technologies to Enhance Ecosystem Resilience
Moderator: Peter King, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

Technologies and practices that enhance ecosystem resilience to climate disruption can increase human wellbeing and safeguard society. Especially where the response to climactic surprises and outbursts need to be swift, traditional and modern practices can especially be enhanced with innovative technologies and communication practices. Panelists in this session will share their experiences and challenges in how such practices support life-saving early warning systems, save local livelihoods and assets, improve social resilience and achieve transparent climate governance.
  • Joanna Sustento, Greenpeace Philippines
  • Goh Hui Weng, River Engineering and Urban Drainage Research Centre (REDAC), Universiti Sains, Malaysia
  • Jaruwan Enright, Mangrove Action Project, Thailand
  • Vivek Dhar Sharma, Nepal Small Grants Programme, UNDP Nepal
  • Imelda Bacudo, Forest and Climate Change Project, ASEAN Resilience Network
  • Alex Rendell, Environmental Education Center, Thailand
Auditorium A Policy and Governance Strengthening Resilience of Urban Communities
Moderator: Diane Archer, Stockholm Environment Institute

Given the close interrelation between poverty and climate change in urban contexts - where poverty contributes to climate risks, and climate risks keep people in poverty- efforts to reduce urban poverty in the region depend on actions with an explicit focus on strengthening climate resilience. The session will discuss experiences aiming at reducing drivers of vulnerability through actions designed in an integrated manner covering a full range of resilience building measures; aligned with local governments’ interventions related to improving the wider built and socioeconomic environment; and using innovative technology and inclusive practices in design, implementation and maintenance of urban infrastructure and basic service delivery, and in enhanced disaster and financial preparedness.
  • Arnaud Heckmann, Asian Development Bank
  • Kenneth MacClune, International Society for Environmental Transition (ISET)
  • Josephine Castillo, Solidarity of Oppressed Filipino People Inc.
  • Shantanu Mitra, UK Department for International Development
Auditorium D Finnace and Investment Mobilizing Resources and Securing Funding through Innovation and Diverse Forms of Financing Mechanisms
Moderator: Madelsar Ngiraingas, OneReef Worldwide Stewardship

Island Communities must build resilience against the current and future impacts of climate change. Innovation and investments for better resilience metrics and systems play a vital role in ensuring that resilience is sustained. This session will focus on how countries are mobilizing and securing resources through diverse forms of financing mechanisms and access to finance. Notwithstanding, the challenges in coordinating public and private interests as well as engaging non-state stakeholders in supporting efforts in resilience building.
  • Romell Antonio Cuenca, Climate Change Commission, Philippines
  • Jovalyn Koshiba, Grants Officer, PAN, Palau
  • Ananya Basu, Asian Development Bank
  • Laura Altinger, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific
  • Lyan Villacorta, Asian Institute of Technology
Auditorium Annex Science and Assessment Information Infrastructure on Adaptation Measures and Technologies
Moderator: Osamu Mizuno, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

The Adaptation Gap Report released by UN Environment in 2014 points to the three types of knowledge gaps: gaps in knowledge production, gaps in knowledge integration, and gaps in knowledge transfer and uptake. To fill these gaps, a more effective approach which enables the participation of diverse actors, and which provides adaptation information to poor areas with high vulnerability needs to be developed. This session aims to showcase good practices and/or efforts to fill these information gaps, including information infrastructure development.
Venue: Crown Plaza Galleria

DISCLAIMER: The information on the sessions and their schedules is subject to change and may be updated by the APAN at any time at its discretion.

Thursday | 18 October 2018

08:45~09:00 Day 1 Highlights
09:00~10:30 Plenary Session: Ecosystem Resilience: Time Counts
Moderator: Rico Hizon, Anchor, BBC World News

Time is the key essence for enabling resilience of ecosystem and ecosystem services. Unlike the planning requirements for activities and programmes that build resilience for humans and for the built environment in which they live in, those related to ecosystems and ecosystem services demand a far longer-term time horizon and often mismatches with usual planning and development cycle. This is because it may take years, even generations sometimes, for the resilience-providing capacity of nature to be demonstrated. How this can be done, what the key entry points are for complementing more short-term approaches to these nature-based solutions, and how processes can be crafted to ensure buy-in and support for their long-term implementation will be the issues addressed in this session.
  • Dechen Tsering, Regional Director, UN Environment, Asia and the Pacific Office
  • Youssef Nassef, Director, Adaptation, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change Secretariat
  • Erna Witoelar, Co-Chair, Filantropi Indonesia
  • Daniel Murdiyarso, Senior Scientist, Center for International Forestry Research (CIFOR)
  • Atabek Umirbekov, Climate Change Specialist, The Regional Environment Centre for Central Asia (CAREC)
10:30~11:00 Coffee Break
11:00~12:30 Parallel Sessions
Auditorium B Technologies and Practices Adaptation, Technology and Green Jobs
Moderator: Shanti Jagannathan, Asian Development Bank

Utilizing green and adaptation technologies not only delivers resilience outcomes but also provides opportunities for job creation. This session aims to discuss ways to stimulate and incentivize businesses to invest in adaptation technologies, with the view to emphasize the importance of enabling policies to create green jobs and enterprises and maximize economic benefits of climate action.
  • Khalid Hassan, International Labour Organization
  • Jerome Ilagan, Climate Change Commission, Philippines
  • Siddharth D’Souza, Laya Green Ventures
  • Dilruba Haider, UN Women
Auditorium C Science and Assessment The Role of Science in Designing Nature-based Solutions: Lessons from Different Ecosystems
Moderator: Niall O’Connor, Stockholm Environment Institute

Recommendations to increase and enhance resilience in ecosystems and ecosystem services is a challenging task, given that data and understanding of complex system dynamics is often quite limited. The availability of reliable data is critical to progress and design plans that respond to specific disturbances.

This session will explore opportunities on how the science and assessment in different regions like the Mekong river basin, South Asia and the Pacific, etc. will help in designing and implementing nature-based solutions to enhance the resilience of natural ecosystem. Successfully increasing the resilience of natural ecosystems may therefore have important implications for human welfare in the face of global climate change.
  • Essey Daniel, UN Environment
  • Prayooth Yaowakhan, Mekong River Commission
  • Saleemul Huq, International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) and International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD)
  • Yimnang Golbuu, Palau International Coral Reef Center
Auditorium A Technologies and Practices Nature-based Approaches to Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure Development
Moderator: Daniele Ponzi, Asian Development Bank

Nature-based solutions (NBS)/green infrastructure (GI) have attracted attention as a substitute and/or complementary to conventional, engineering-based solutions since the early 2000s. Focusing on natural resource management, disaster risk reduction, and climate change adaptation, this session provides an opportunity to showcase regional experiences and good practices of NBS/GI, identifying not only requirements and challenges for the successful application of NBS/GI, but also entry points for introducing this innovative approach into investments.
  • John Matthews, Alliance for Global Water Adaptation (AGWA)
  • Kenneth Kwok, Arup
  • Stefan Rau, Asian Development Bank
  • Bregje van Wesenbeeck, Deltares
  • Julia Nebrija, Department of Budget and Management, Philippines
Auditorium D Planning and Processess Approaches to Adaptation in Coastal Communities: Coordinating Multiple and Divergent Interests
Moderator: Jonathan Shaw, Asian Institute of Technology

Planning and processes brings together all aspects of planning into a coherent, unified process. Through it, actors will learn from past planning experiences. Feedback or lessons learnt, will inform better future planning and decision making. This session will showcase different approaches to coordinating multiple and divergent interests in actions for adaptation.
  • Jonah Auka, Climate Change and Development Authority, Papua New Guinea
  • Darlene Roebeck, Ministry of Finance, Samoa
  • Gillian Cambers, Secretariat of the Pacific Community
  • Doan Ha Phong, Viet Nam Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change
  • Jennifer Koskelin-Gibbons, Palau Legacy, Friends of the Palau National Marine Sanctuary
Briefing Theater 2 Planning and Processess Asia-Africa Exchange on an integrated approach to adaptation planning, disaster risk reduction and other climate and development frameworks
Facilitators: Sanny Ramos Jegillos, UNDP Asia-Pacific and Daisy Mukarakate, UNDP Africa
12:30~13:30 Lunch
13:30~15:00 Plenary Session: Resilience of Industry and the Built Environment
Moderator: James Lynch, Deputy Director General, Pacific Regional Department, Asian Development Bank

Climate change and its associated impacts will have profound implications for economic activities through impacts on supply and demand of goods and services, as well as the built environment through impacts on the viability, and the reliability of services and performances, of physical structures. This session provides an overview of the risks and opportunities of climate change for industry and the built environment, and more importantly, highlights the emerging solutions for building climate resilience. Resilience solutions to be featured will include measures of a policy and regulatory, engineering, nature-based and financial nature.
  • Esther Jang, Senior ESG Analyst, Global Data, Bloomberg LP
  • Xianfu Lu, Senior Climate Change Specialist, Asian Development Bank
  • Mark Fletcher, Global Water Leader, Arup
  • Tony Wong, Chief Executive, Cooperative Research Centre for Water Sensitive Cities
  • David Simmons, Managing Director, Capital, Science & Policy Practice, Willis Towers Watson
15:00~15:30 Coffee Break
15:30~17:00 Parallel Sessions
Auditorium B Policy and Governance Gender-responsive Approaches for Adaptation
Moderator: Laurence Levaque, Asian Development Bank

The session targets to discuss the integration of gender perspectives with climate change and disaster displacement, with a view to highlight gender-based barriers and blind spots that continue to exist across the major pillars of international, national and local policy processes on climate change and disaster risk reduction.
  • Loren Legarda, Commissioner, Global Commission on Adaptation and Chairperson, Committees on Finance, Climate Change, and Foreign Relations, Senate of the Philippines
  • Isabelle Louis, UN Environment, Asia and the Pacific Office
  • Bernadette Resurreccion, Stockholm Environment Institute
  • Sanny Jegillos, Bangkok Regional Hub, United Nations Development Programme
  • Emma Tiaree, CARE International
Auditorium C Planning and Processess Integrating Urban Ecosystem-based Adaptation Approaches for Building Resilience of Cities in Asia and the Pacific
Moderator: Nina Raasakka, UN Environment , Asia and the Pacific Office

The concept of using biodiversity and ecosystems to adapt to climate change in urban systems – Urban Ecosystem-based Adaptation (Urban EbA) – has emerged as a promising approach for adapting to climate change while providing multiple socioeconomic benefits to build resilient urban communities. The session will provide a forum to reflect on the possibilities of Urban EbA, as well as common challenges encountered in the planning of Urban EbA interventions alongside other urban planning initiatives. In particular the following questions will be addressed:
  • Joy Bailey, Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund, Asian Development Bank
  • Kensuke Fukushi, The University of Tokyo Institutes for Advanced Study (UTIAS)
  • Nicholas Taylor, Working for Cities, / UNDP Smart Cities and Social Startup Projects
  • Sacksy Vilayhak, Department of Disaster Management and Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Lao PDR
  • Sonam Tshering, Thimpu Tromde, Bhutan
  • Supachai Tantikom, City of Bangkok, Thailand
Auditorium A Finnace and Investment Financing the Resilience of Industry and the Built Environment
Moderator: Preety Bhandari, Asian Development Bank

After several years of experience with international climate change finance and implementation of climate investment funds, governments still need to improve their state of readiness to identify, access and effectively use finance opportunities for climate change adaptation. This session will explore the design and implementation of adaptation financing from different stakeholder perspectives, including the opportunities offered by the private sector, and innovative prospects emerging from new financing instruments and the rise of climate bonds.
  • Paola Alvarez, Department of Finance, Philippines
  • Shantanu Mitra, UK Department for International Development
  • David Simmons, Wills Towers Watson
  • Maria Lomotan, Asian Development Bank
  • Yuki Yasui, UN Environment Finance Initiative
Auditorium D Technologies and Practices Adaptation Approaches to Enhance Resiliency
Moderator: Madelsar Ngiraingas, OneReef Worldwide Stewardship

Island Communities rely on innovative technology and traditional knowledge based practices to address the impacts of climate change and provide resilience in local communities. These blended practices are usually easily adaptable as they use materials and knowledge that is commonly available in island settings. This session will discuss integration of new and traditional knowledge-based adaptation practices that take into account adaptive measures that are complementary to local practices. To this end, best practices that integrates new and traditional knowledge-based adaptation practices with the potential for scaling up will ensure buy-in and enable the mobilizing of scarce resources (human and otherwise).

Some panelists will share discuss their experiences during Typhoon Haiyan and what measures taken personally and/or collectively to foster resilience. There will be also be a sharing of country experiences on practical application of decentralized energy infrastructure as a means to strengthen communities in the face of natural disasters.
  • Bernadett Besebes, Palau Conservation Society
  • Rectito Melquiades, Guiuan Recovery and Sustainable Development For Resilience, Eastern Samar, Philippines
  • Francisca Skiwo, Kayangel State, Palau
  • Renato Redentor Constantino, Institute for Climate Resilient Cities
  • Matthew Tranchin, Island Resilience Partnership
17:00~18:30 COCKTAIL RECEPTION Sponsored by Asian Development Bank
Venue: ADB Cafeteria Area

DISCLAIMER: The information on the sessions and their schedules is subject to change and may be updated by the APAN at any time at its discretion.

Friday | 19 October 2018

08:45~09:00 Day 2 Highlights
09:00~10:30 Parallel Sessions
Auditorium B Finnace and Investment Supporting Vulnerable Communities Through Risk Financing
Moderator: Donna Lagdameo, Red Cross Red Crescent Climate Centre

This session aims to discuss innovative approaches and instruments on climate risk financing and insurance, with a view to promote effective strategies to manage risks and strengthen resilience to climate impacts.
  • Norman Cajucom, Philippine Crop Insurance Corporation
  • Ana Mariquina, Philippines Red Cross
  • Bjoern Surborg, Support CCCII, GIZ
  • Jonathan Batangan, PJ Lhuillier Group of Companies, Philippines
Auditorium C Technologies and Practices Learning from the Implementation of EbA Interventions in the Restoration and Conservation of Ecosystems
Moderator: Jamie Webbe, UN Environment

Green infrastructure and ecosystem-based adaptation (EbA) can succeed with innovations in technologies and practices, training and capacity building. Especially for communities at the frontline of our ecosystems, this empowerment to transform, rather than merely react to disasters and risks, can translate to effective cross-learning and knowledge sharing opportunities. What these best experiences are and how these can be scaled would be the topic discussed in this session.
  • Arvind Kumar, India Water Foundation
  • Bo Bo Min, MCCA Township, Pakokku, Myanmar
  • Deu Kumari Gurung, Panchase Area Development Committee, Nepal
  • Donna Gordove, Department of Environment and Natural Resources, Philippines
  • Tshering Penjor, UNDP, Bhutan
Auditorium A Planning and Processess Climate-resilient Infrastructure Design and Standards
Moderator: Mark Fletcher, Arup

The increasing frequency and intensity of natural hazards associated with the onset of climate change, is contributing to rising risk exposure throughout the Asia-Pacific region, where critical infrastructure is located in hazard-prone areas. The session will discuss the current good practices and applications of design standards to build climate resilience of infrastructure in the region and beyond.
  • Miguel de Vera, Energy Development Corporation, Philippines
  • Oesha Thakoerdin, Urban Climate Change Resilience Trust Fund, Asian Development Bank
  • Dang Tran Thi Kim, Hanoi University of Transport and Communications
  • David Salter, Asian Developement Bank
  • Bruce Chong, Arup
Auditorium D Policy and Governance How Policies Set National/Local Priorities, Enable Institutions, and Integrate and Foster Shared Actions for Adaptation
Moderator: Niall O’Connor, Stockholm Environment Institute

The environment mostly defines the economic fortunes of island economies, with the strong reliance on tourism, indigenous cultural assets, fishing and farming. Policies and directives are some of the key drivers that unite actors and players to mobilizing national priorities. This session will discuss how policies enable, otherwise disparate groups, into integrated measures, implementation, and shared actions.
  • Buddhi Marambe, National Experts Committee on Climate Change, Sri Lanka
  • Celine Dyer, Cook Islands Government
  • Xavier Matsutaro, Office of Climate Change, Palau
  • Branessa Tsiode, Ministry of Finance, Nauru
  • Ibrahim Mohamed, Environmental Protection Agency, Maldives
10:30~11:00 Coffee Break
11:00~12:30 Parallel Sessions
Auditorium B Planning and Processess Integrating Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) in Development Planning
Moderator: Peter King, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies
Integration of disaster risk reduction and climate change adaptation in national and local development plans will address the threats of climate change in an effective manner since they establish an enabling risk governance environment for long-term risk reduction. The session will deliberate on approaches and activities that are required to ensure that development not only supports economic and social development but are also climate-resilient to ensure sustainability of development efforts.
Auditorium C Finnace and Investment Attracting Investments for Nature-based Solutions
Moderator: Isabelle Louis, UN Environment, Asia and the Pacific Office

Investing in activities that make natural systems resilient require long-term and patient money, a difficult proposition given the orientation of traditional financial institutions towards realizing immediate returns on their investments. How are finance institutions configuring their current investment parameters to accommodate the reality of such delayed returns on investment?
  • Anthony Mills, C4 EcoSolutions
  • Nana Künkel, International Climate Initiative (IKI)
  • Vijaya Singh, UNDP Nepal
  • Edith Ofwona, International Development Research Centre (IDRC)
Auditorium A Science and Assessment Addressing Information Gaps for Risk Assessment and Climate-resilient Investment Decision-making
Moderator: Jean Palutikof, National Climate Change Adaptation Research Facility (NCCARF), Griffith University, Australia

Governments, financing institutions, and all stakeholders involved in the design of development projects seek relevant analytics to clarify and help them meet obligations arising from shocks caused by climate impacts and disasters, while minimizing threats to development progress and fiscal stability. This session will explore the analytical tools currently available and still needed to aid development practitioners in carrying out “fit-for-purpose” climate risk and making robust climate-resilient investment decisions under a cascade of uncertainties.
  • Michihiro Oi, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Japan
  • Liping Zheng, Asian Development Bank
  • Paul Watkiss, Associate, Stockholm Environment Institute
  • Jun Rentschler, World Bank
  • Nathan Rive, Asian Development Bank
  • Peter Stones, Arup
Auditorium D Technologies and Practices Climate Proofing Infrastructure Investments
Moderator: Noelle O’Brien, Asian Development Bank

To ensure that infrastructure design and construction will meet the challenges from climate change in the next 50 to 100 years, it is crucial to conduct climate risk assessments on all projects and makes adjustments to maximize the resilience of the infrastructure and benefits to the community. This session will draw attention to the Climate Risk Assessment process and share examples on how Energy, Water, Transport and Infrastructure Investments have been designed to meet particular challenges. The examples will share experiences from Kiribati, Tonga and other Pacific Island countries.
  • Viliami Ongosia, Tonga Power Limited
  • Keisy Tarakabu, Ministry of Infrastructure and Sustainable Energy, Kiribati
  • Michel Dorval, Pacific Region Resilient Infrastructure Facility
  • Joseph Stables, United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS)
  • Screening of Alatao Warf (Papua New Guinea) video
12:30~13:30 Lunch
13:30~15:00 Plenary Session: Oceans: Lifeline for Island Resilience
Moderator: Madelsar Ngiraingas, OneReef Worldwide Stewards

The Ocean covers over 70% of the Earth’s surface, and its health is vital to the survival of island economies and its people’s livelihoods. When healthy, it offers rich marine biodiversity, is great for research and offers sites for exploration. Notwithstanding the risks exacerbated by climate change, such as strong weather events that cause storm surge and damage to coastal infrastructure, there is and will be a growing need to build resilience in various forms, including through private-public partnerships. Finally, our children depend on how responsible we are as the current custodians to this precious resource. The better we care for it now, the greater the benefit that our children will have from our ocean, and for them as future custodians for our ocean.
  • Buddhi Marambe, National Experts Committee on Climate Change, Sri Lanka
  • Yimnang Golbuu, Chief Executive Officer, Palau International Coral Reef Center
  • Gillian Cambers, Programme Manager, Secretariat of the Pacific Community
  • Matthew Tranchin, Executive Director, Island Resilience Partnership
  • Selina Leem, Heirs to Our Oceans, Marshall Islands
Joint Youth Statement
  • Miel Sequeira-Holm, Palauan Heir, Heirs to Our Oceans, Palau
  • Selina Leem, Youth Representative, Marshall Islands
15:00~15:30 Coffee Break
15:30~17:00 Closing Plenary Session
  • Key Messages and Forum Summary
    Moderator: Saleemul Huq, Advisory Committee Member, Asia Pacific Adaptation Forum
    • Climate Change Commission of the Philippines
    • Government of Palau
    • Asian Development Bank
    • UN Environment
  • Raffle
  • Closing Remarks
    Moderator: Xianfu Lu, Chair of the Advisory Committee, Asia-Pacific Adaptation Forum
    • Woochong Um, Director General, Sustainable Development and Climate Change, Asian Development Bank
    • Rachel Herrera, Climate Change Commissioner, Republic of the Philippines
    • Grimi Guarico, Trade Commissioner, Climate Finance, Embassy of Canada to the Philippines
    • Isabelle Louis, Deputy Regional Director, UN Environment, Asia and the Pacific Office
    • Kaleb Udui, Senior Economic Adviser and Chairman, Our Ocean 2020 Executive Committee, Office of the President, Republic of Palau
    • Masataka Watanabe, Chair, Global Adaptation Network and Advisory Committee Member, Asia-Pacific Adaptation Forum
End of 2018 Adaptation Forum

DISCLAIMER: The information on the sessions and their schedules is subject to change and may be updated by the APAN at any time at its discretion.

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