Natural Resources and Agriculture

Natural Resources and Agriculture(389)
Climate change has significant impacts on natural resources and the agriculturesector which relies onthese resources is considered as one of the most susceptible sectors.
28 March 2015

Over 400 participants from 20 countries joined the 2nd International Conference on Agriculture and Rural Development in Southeast Asia (ARD2014) with the theme “Strengthening Resilience, Equity, and Integration in ASEAN Food and Agriculture Systems” on 12-13 November 2014 at the Makati Shangri-La, Manila, Philippines. Participants were comprised of ARD experts from the academe and research institutions, government policymakers, local government executives and officials, private sector practitioners, representatives of civil society organisations, farmer leaders and groups, and other interested stakeholders from 20 countries.

The session on Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) under the sub-theme “Sustainability and Poverty Reduction” was co-sponsored by the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) and convened by the Economy and Environment Program for Southeast Asia (EEPSEA). The program started off with a brief introduction of the topics to be discussed by EEPSEA Director Dr. Herminia A. Francisco, who also served as the session’s moderator. Studies presented for this parallel session revolve around adaptation behaviour of households and communities, and results of the economic analysis done on adaptation measures. Dr. Francisco also presented EEPSEA’s programs and the research projects it supports.

Three papers were presented under this session, which focus on household decisions on adaptation to extreme climate events in Southeast Asia, economic analysis of public and autonomous adaptation against climate hazards in coastal areas, and mediating analysis of factors that influence private flood mitigation behaviour. The APAN Regional Coordinator and Ministry of Environment of Japan (MOEJ) Representative also presented the role of networks in CCA efforts and their global adaptation network initiatives.

Makati Shangri-La, Manila, Philippines
16 December 2014

The event titled “From Risk to Resilience: South Asia Regional Framework for Sustainable Water Management” was held on the 15 January 2015 at Pragati Maidan, New Delhi.  India Water Partnership (IWP) in collaboration with Global Water Partnership South Asia (GWP SAS), Water and Power Consultancy Services (WAPCOS) Limited, SAARC Disaster Management Centre (SDMC) and Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) organised the event bringing representatives and experts together from Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Sri Lanka. The event was attended by around 250 participants, and the discussions were on the South Asia regional experience, knowledge and case studies on efficient use of water to create more resilient societies to climate change and natural disasters.

The Chief Guest was Sushri Uma Bharti, Honourable Minister of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India. She emphasised in her inaugural speech that a wider consultative process among SAARC countries would pave the way for evolving a regional framework for action to deal with impacts of climate change on South Asia's water resources. Mr Anuj Kumar Bishnoi, I.A.S., Secretary, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, Government of India in his keynote address mentioned, stress on water resources in South Asian is due to high level of population and poverty, urbanization and rapid economic growth. He said basic sanitation and water quality are the key challenges in South Asia region which increase the pressure on water resources.

There were two Technical Sessions and a Valedictory Session. The first Technical session was on integration of Water Resources Management, Disaster Risk Reduction and Climate Change Adaptation. Drought monitoring in India was presented and it was recommended that composite indices to be used instead of an individual index. It was emphasized that Rain Water Harvesting capacity should be increased in all South Asian countries.  It was stressed that the post disaster response and recovery depends on local knowledge and capacity of the local governments and the communities affected. Therefore, it is recommended that the knowledge and capacity building at the local level to be strengthened. The second session was on ‘Developing a Joint Framework for Learning and Action for Effective and Sustainable Water Resources Management from a DRR and CCA perspective in South Asia Region.’  The success story of ‘Community Based Flood Early Warning System’ (developed by ICIMOD and Aranyak India) in Assam and Arunachal Pradesh (Brahmaputra River basin) was presented, and it is recommended that such systems are used in other river basins in South Asia and ensure that local communities have the capacity to operate the system.   It was concluded that there is no other way but to cooperate in a basin wide management level for Effective and Sustainable Water Resources Management.

Concept Note

Pragati Maidan, New Delhi
02 December 2014

The world is moving into global climate change regimes that have no comparisons with the past. Hence, the past may not be the guide for countries as they tackle uncertainties and changing risks. This will require new strategies and discussions to deal with uncertainty. Community needs have to be factored in by both the science and policy communities, so research can offer answers to what concerns these communities have in this time of global change. Knowledge production needs to be broadened, going beyond scientists and policy makers to include other actors who matter. This multi-stakeholder production of knowledge and dialogue should include both private and state sectors, local communities, non-governmental organisations, and civil society organisations.  It is with this rationale that the APN, with its partner institutions, will embark on a dialogue: Global Climate Change: Reducing Risk and Increasing Resilience from 19-21 January, 2015, Bhutan. This is the second APN Sub-Regional Science-Policy Dialogue in a series planned in Pan-Asia that will culminate in a synthesis.

Countries Engaged: Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka

Structure of the Dialogue: The dialogue is a three-day event that will engage more than 65 scientists and policy makers in South Asia, especially from Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.  The dialogue will be organised in collaboration with the National Environment Commission, Royal Government of Bhutan. The dialogue consists of five sessions which include rapid talks from experts, participatory knowledge sharing panel sessions, carousel-type café kiosks, roundtable sessions, daily media round-up sessions and finishing with a synthesis of the three-day event.  Themes considered will be broad with the aim of discussing risk reduction and resilience in global climate change from urban to rural communities and some of the key topics will include:

  • Resilience: Agriculture and Food/Water Security
  • Disasters: Floods and droughts
  • Adaptation management and adaptive governance
  • Resilience and urbanisation (sprawling, unplanned, governance).
  • Low Carbon Development and Sustainable Consumption and Production
  • Mainstreaming environment into planning and development

Calling for Partners and Participants for the South Asia Science Policy Dialogue

We are inviting partners who are working in South Asia to become involved and publicise their services and products related to global change at this event.  There are different ways in which your organisation or company can support the Science-Policy Dialogue.

The options include:

1. Become a PARTNER:

  • By covering the participation costs for a minimum of three mid-level policy makers from South Asia. The estimated cost per participant is 2500 USD including airfare, accommodation and daily subsistence allowance.
  • You will be recognised as a partner and organiser
  • You will have a free booth to disseminate information on your organisation
  • You will be listed in the Dialogue programme and your logo will be displayed together with other partners on banners and meeting bags.

Please contact Dr. Linda Stevenson ( if you are interested in becoming a partner.

2. Become an EXHIBITOR and share information about your project or services related to global change with influential policy makers and reputed scientists in South Asia.

Exhibit Fees

  • Single Space and A0 two poster panel (6 foot table) ­ $900
  • Single Space and A0 poster panel (6 foot table) ­ $500
  • Book or promotional Material Display ­ $100

Exhibit setup will begin after 4:00 PM on Sunday, 18 January 2015 and must be removed by 3:00 PM Wednesday, 21 January 2015. Exhibit Hours will commence from 9:00 AM on Monday 19th to 01:00 PM on Wednesday 21 January 2015.  Exhibitors are not required to pay any additional registration fee. One participant from the Exhibitor organisation is invited to participate in the dialogue as self-funded participant.


Interested scientists and policy makers working in the thematic areas are invited to attend the event as a self-funded participant.  Interested participants MUST currently be working in an APN South Asia member country (Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka).  For registration, please contact the APN secretariat via email together with a detailed CV/Resume to: Dr.  Linda  with a carbon copy to Ms. Taniya Koswatta

A maximum of 15 self-funded participants will be selected on a “first come, first served” basis based on area of expertise. There is no registration fee for self-funded participants.

Downloand full announcement: South Asia SPD Announcement



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