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Grant Opportunities: 8th Asia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation (APAN) Forum – Apply Now!

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Deadline: 22-Jun-23

The Asia-Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) is delighted to announce the opening of the registration for the 8th APAN Forum.

The 8th APAN Forum will take place in-person from Wednesday 30 August to Friday 1 September during the Korea Global Adaptation Week (KGAW) 2023. This year’s Forum theme is Resilience for All: Enabling transformative implementation.

The Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum (APAN Forum), the flagship event of the Asia-Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) Programme, serves as a primary regional platform for adaptation practitioners to meet, exchange knowledge and experiences, and collaborate towards the pertinent outcomes and practical solutions that are needed to address the challenges of climate change. The APAN Forum aims to:

  • Enhance understanding of climate change adaptation issues, approaches, and policies for effective planning.
  • Provide a comprehensive report on actions taken and progress made to address knowledge, policy, and funding gaps since the last APAN Forum.
  • Serve as a platform for accelerating action and implementing adaptation knowledge and programmes, offering actionable guidelines for communities, practitioners, and policymakers.
  • Formulate recommendations to expand adaptation efforts in the Asia-Pacific region, guiding contributions to COPs and other global/regional initiatives.
  • Promote climate change adaptation and resilience through knowledge sharing, collaboration, and amplification of messages from local to global levels.
  • Resilience of food systems
    • This stream will explore the key aspects of climate adaptive and resilient food systems, encompassing factors that contribute to food security, mitigate climate change impacts, promote biodiversity and ecosystem health, practice sustainable resource management, protect livelihoods and enhance community resilience.
  • Resilience of ecosystem and ecosystem services
    • The rationale behind emphasising the resilience of ecosystems and ecosystem services lies in their fundamental role in supporting life on earth and providing vital benefits to humanity. Natural ecosystems possess the capacity to enhance human resilience through their functions and services, yet they themselves face threats from climate change and variability.
  • Resilience of communities
    • This stream will focus broadly on how specific actions and strategies can deliver resilience benefits, emphasising the linkages between governance (institutions), policy, technology, and finance and how the resilience of human and social systems can be enhanced and built on demonstrated resilience in other areas.
  • Resilience of cities, infrastructure and settlements
    • Rapid urbanisation in the region represents both concentrations of risk and opportunity to invest in climate-resilient development in diverse contexts from rural and informal settlements to large metropolitan areas. Dominant models of energy-intensive and market-led urbanisation, insufficient and misaligned finance, and a predominant focus on grey infrastructure in the absence of integration with ecological and social approaches, risk missing opportunities for adaptation and locking in maladaptation.
  • Enablers
    • Each of these key aspects of resilience will be analysed against enablers — the means by which each of these systems may be enabled, including:
      • Policy and Governance
      • Planning an Programming
      • Science and Assessment
      • Technologies and Practices
      • Finance and Investment
      • In addition, gender and social inclusion will be considered throughout the resilience streams and enablers as a cross-cutting issue.
    • Furthermore, sessions will serve as the basis for discussion on:
      • Addressing systemic barriers that may hinder the implementation of transformative adaptation;
      • Depicting regional priorities for strengthening adaptation efforts;
      • Promising innovations (financial, social, institutional, technological or other) at the regional, national, or subnational level; and,
      • Areas for regional cooperation to address the transboundary dimensions of resilience.
Eligibility Criteria
  • Representatives from governments, financing institutions, academia and research, international organisations, UN agencies, civil society organisations, youth organisations and the private sector, among others, will participate in the 8th APAN Forum to work together to build and strengthen partnerships across sectors for adaptation action. The Forum will also provide a space to reflect on the Cop27 outcomes and highlight regional lessons learnt, needs and challenges to serve as inputs into Cop28 discussions to be held at Expo City Dubai, United Arab Emirates in 2023.

For more information, visit APAN.

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