7th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum

8–12 March 2021 | Online


Forum participants agreed to a set of recommendations based on five enabling conditions: climate governance, planning and processes, science and assessment, technologies and practice, the need to value capital in all its dimensions, and finance and investment. The Forum deepened discussion on each enabler through four thematic resilience streams, namely inclusive resilience, nature-based resilience, economic sector resilience, and community and local resilience.

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The 7th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum met under the theme: Enabling Resilience for All: The Critical Decade to Scale-up Action, sharing learnings from actions towards climate-resilient development. The Forum addressed resilience through the following thematic streams: (i) inclusive resilience; (ii) nature-based resilience; (iii) economic sector resilience; and (iv) communities and local resilience.

The Forum also:

  • addressed capacity-building needs and priority issues in the Asia-Pacific region, including tools to withstand and moderate adverse impacts arising from climate change;
  • acted as a platform for discussions to accelerate action on adaptation knowledge and programmes; and
  • recommended how to magnify current efforts on adaptation in the Asia-Pacific region and provide the basis for the  region’s contributions to the 2021 UN Climate Change Conference (COP 26) in Glasgow, United Kingdom, and the 2021 UN Biodiversity Conference (COP 15) in Kunming, China.

The meeting was hosted by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan, together with the APAN Secretariat, which the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) provides.

APAN, developed and launched by UNEP in 2009 under the Global Adaptation Network, is the first regional adaptation network. It equips adaptation actors in the region with knowledge for designing and implementing adaptation measures, building capacity to access technologies and finance, and integrating climate change adaptation into policies, strategies, and plans towards building climate change resilient and sustainable human systems, ecosystems, and economies. The Asia-Pacific Adaptation Forum, APAN’s flagship event since 2010, enables adaptation practitioners to meet, share their learning and experiences, and work together to address the challenges of climate change.

The 7th APAN Forum met 8-12 March 2021 in a virtual format due to the COVID-19 pandemic. IISD, through its Earth Negotiations Bulletin (ENB) Meeting Coverage, provided daily web coverage and a summary report of the Forum.

The 7th APAN Forum was hosted by the Ministry of the Environment - Government of Japan.

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