NIES to host Platform Expert Meeting for AP-PLAT project

NIES is developing Asia-Pacific Adaptation Information Platform, AP-PLAT, whose official launch will be in 2020. AP-PLAT aims to serve as a hub of adaptation information in Asia. To facilitate its development, NIES will invite platform experts around the world, and discuss common interests as well as challenges.

The meeting will be held in early December in central Tokyo.

NIES Made Experts from Korea Welcome

The policymakers and researchers from Ulju-gun, Ulsan, Republic of Korea and the Ulsan Development Institute (UDI) visited the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) for gaining insight into this website CLIMATE CHANGE ADAPTATION INFORMATION PLATFORM (A-PLAT).

NIES presented its experience of starting-up and managing A-PLAT to the visitors. Also, the experts from Ulsan and NIES exchanged their own issues, ideas and clues about providing scientific information and technical supports on local adaptation to climate change. NIES also shared its experience of managing the webpages for private-sectors on A-PLAT and another website Asia-Pacific Adaptation Information Platform (AP-PLAT). The meeting was closed with promises of further interaction between the Ulsan team and NIES.

Visitors from Ulju-gun, Ulsan:
Mr. Lee HunHwan, Mr. Park HyeonJe
Visitors from the UDI:
Dr. Kim HeeJong, Dr. Yoon YeongBae, Dr. Ma Young-Il

The Japanese Government Legislated for Climate Change Adaptation

A bill on climate change adaptation was passed into law on 6th June. The Climate Change Adaptation Act will come into effect in December.

Its objective is to accelerate adaptation to climate change by taking appropriate action to prevent or minimize the adverse effects of climate change. The national government has formulated National Adaptation Plan (NAP) in 2015. Under the new act, Ministry of the Environment will implement climate change impact assessments every five years, and NAP needs to be revised accordingly. Municipalities should formulate each Local Climate Change Adaptation Plan. The National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) has been supporting municipalities and will continue its effort to boost local adaptation through A-PLAT.

NIES sheared its adaptation dissemination experience with Thailand

Thailand has currently been drafting its first NAP to promote adaptation nationwide. In 2018, NIES is going to work with the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP), Thailand, to assist them in developing a web-based platform that will serve to disseminate NAP and adaptation measures. NIES, who has extensive experience of developing such platforms, welcomed policymakers and experts from ONEP to introduce how to design A-PLAT and AP-PLAT as well as the way we operate and update them. The Thai representatives enthusiastically inquired about not only the structure of the websites but also the human resource and funding. NIES will visit the country to provide more information and assistance to contribute to the implementation of adaptation in Thailand.

Visitors from ONEP:
Mrs. Katunchalee Thammakul, Ms. Chompunut Songkhao, Dr. Atsamon Limsakul

The cabinet of Japan approved a bill to boost adaptation to climate change

A bill on climate change adaptation was submitted to the Diet and approved on 20 February 2018.

Under the new bill, municipalities will develop adaptation plans to address impacts posed by changing climate, and the Ministry of the Environment assess climate change impacts every five years. The National Institute for Environmental Studies will be a hub to provide scientific information, technical support and advice to promote local adaptation.

Japan has devised National Adaptation Plan “National Plan for Adaptation to the Impacts of Climate Change” in 2015, aiming at creating a secure, safe, and sustainable society that can quickly recover from adverse impacts of climate change.

The enforcement of the new act is expected in summer.

AP-PLAT hosted Bhutan’s policymakers to share adaptation experiences.

Bhutan’s photo

NIES has worked with Bhutan for years to address to the adverse impacts of climate change in the mountainous kingdom in cooperation with the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan (IGES). IGES organized a training programme for the policymakers, and NIES coordinated lectures regarding climate change and its impacts. The programme was held from 5 to 9 February 2018 at NIES, and 12 Bhutanese participants attended. After introducing the climate conditions and problems each other, the two countries actively exchanged opinions and ideas how to implement and promote adaptation. The training was closed with promises of continuous relationship and future collaboration.

NIES celebrated the launch of GCECA with the Netherlands and UNFCCC

To accelerate climate adaptation by recognising, building and promoting excellence among all relevant stakeholder groups around the world, the Global Centre of Excellence on Climate Adaptation, or GCECA, was established in the Netherlands. Having been one of the preparatory members, the National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan, attended the launching event hosted by the government of the Netherlands. The event took place in Bonn, Germany, during the COP 23. Dr. Yasuaki Hijioka celebrated the launch of the center with Mrs. Nieuwenhuizen, Minister of Infrastructure and Water Management of the Netherlands and Ms. Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary UNFCCC. In the event, Dr. Hijioka stated that NIES expects to work closely with GCECA by sharing knowledge and experience regarding adaptation to changing climate.

MOEJ and ADB agreed to share climate risk information on AP-PLAT

The Ministry of the Environment, JAPAN (MOEJ) and Asian Development Bank (ADB) held "the 3rd MOEJ - ADB policy dialogue on environmen" and agreed on work program, following the signing of the extension of "Letter of Intent on Cooperation for Environment between the Ministry of the Environment, Japan and Asian Development Bank".

As for climate change adaptation strategies, the MOEJ and the ADB also agreed to collaborate with each other and share climate risk information via "Asia-Pacific Adaptation Informant Platform" *

* "Asia-Pacific Adaptation Informant Platform (AP-PLAT)" will be established by 2020 by expanding the function of A-PLAT that serves as a basis for adaptation actions in Japan.
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