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Asia-Pacific Forum Focuses on Mainstreaming Adaptation into Development

ADB13 March 2012: The Second Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum, which was held around the theme "Mainstreaming Adaptation into Development: Adaptation in Action," identified transformational change as a tool in building resilience among Asian and Pacific countries.

The Forum, which took place in Bangkok, Thailand, from 12-13 March 2012, was organized by the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), the Regional Climate Change Adaptation Knowledge Platform for Asia and the Asian Development Bank (ADB). It brought together over 800 participants, including climate experts, development practitioners, policy makers, and members of NGOs and civil society organizations. The event showcased knowledge, practices and experiences on adaptation, and provided a platform for participants to share experiences and link local level adaptation initiatives with the national and regional levels.

According to ADB, it is estimated that effective adaptation will require around $40 billion per year through 2050 to cope with climate change in the region. In contrast, estimates for 2009-2010 indicated that only $4.4 billion was available for adaptation activities globally. The Bank is therefore seeking to mobilize significant funding for climate adaptation to help close regional gaps in knowledge, capacity and finance. [ADB Press Release] [ADB Background Brief]