17-19 October 2016 – Colombo, Sri Lanka
The Asia Pacific region is highly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change. Increasing frequency and severity of weather events – floods, droughts, cyclones and tropical storms – as well as sea level rise threaten food, water and energy security and are undermining hard gained progress. While per capita emissions remain low, the region produces nearly half of global greenhouse gas emissions due partly to energy systems that remain reliant on fossil fuels and inefficiencies in the transport, buildings, agricultural and other sectors. In short, failure to address the challenge of climate change will have serious economic, social and environmental consequences for the region. Extreme weather events, which have increased in frequency and intensity in the region, account for hundreds of billions of dollars in loss and damages. It is expected that by 2050, the number of people vulnerable to the effects of climate change will reach two billion with countries on the frontline of climate change, particularly coastal and Small Island Developing nations paying a heavy price. Adaptation to climate change is critical for these countries and countries in the region to survive and thrive.
The Asia Pacific Adaptation Forum is a biennial forum of the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network and the largest gathering of adaptation practitioners in the Asia Pacific region. It will bring some 800 participants, including policymakers, experts, scientists, donors, youth, and civil society representatives from over 50 countries to showcase solutions and innovative ideas and practices to adapt to climate change. It will also cover topics such as tools to reduce vulnerability, ways to integrate climate adaptation into national planning and budgeting, innovative financial mechanisms and climate-smart technologies and application. A field trip is also planned.
To raise awareness about adaptation and actions taken in the region, UNEP is sponsoring a limited number of journalists to join this Forum. Selected media will get an opportunity to meet with officials, adaptation experts and practitioners and hear first-hand experiences and solutions from countries and organizations in the region. Travel and daily subsistence allowing according to UN rules will provided by UNEP.