UNDP/USAID ADAPT Asia-Pacific Capacity Building Programme on the Economics of Climate Change Adaptation (ECCA): 2nd Live Chat Session on Preparation for the Upcoming Workshop


The Capacity Building Programme on the Economics of Climate Change Adaptation (ECCA) is a cooperative effort between UNDP, the USAID ADAPT Asia‐Pacific Project, the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and Yale University. It addresses a consensus reached during a 2012 Regional Consultation that a more comprehensive approach to mainstreaming climate change risks into planning processes was needed to ensure economically efficient climate change strategies at the sectoral, sub‐national and national levels.

At the upcoming 2nd regional training, 30 September – 4 October 2013 (agenda attached), each ECCA Country Team will be trained on conducting economic cost‐benefit analysis. Using both demonstration data as well as in‐country data collected by Country Teams and based on methods introduced at the 1st regional training, ECCA Country Teams will be trained on how to apply analytical microeconomic techniques to assess the costs and benefits of adaptation. The results of the analysis are aimed at supporting decision‐making related to the assessment of alternative adaptation options.

In preparation for this workshop, the second moderated live chat session of the ECCA programme was held on Tuesday, 10 September 2013 from 19:00 to 21:00 (Bangkok time) to discuss the workshop structure and content, ECCA Country Team expectations, and the preparatory work and materials for the workshop.

All ECCA members were encouraged to participate in this online discussion to 1) better prepare for the workshop and 2) to share feedback in order to better inform the training materials and lectures currently being prepared by the mentors.

The 14 participants of the LIVE CHAT consisted of ECCA Country Team members, mentors, and resource persons. The Country Team participants shared their experiences with the in‐Country data collection, and asked questions to the lead mentors in the programme related to the upcoming workshop. The live chat was moderated by UNDP‐USAID Capacity Building Programme Coordinator and supported by the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) Bangkok Regional Centre.

The full summary report is available for download on the left.