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Five Conditions for Resilience Highlighted at Asia-Pacific Adaptation Forum

Five Conditions for Resilience Highlighted at Asia-Pacific Adaptation Forum

Participants at a forum on climate change adaptation developed recommendations on five conditions to enable resilience in the Asia-Pacific region. The 7th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum convened from 8-12 March 2021 via virtual means.
Youseff Nassef, UNFCCC, summarized discussions at the end of the Forum, focused on each of the five enabling conditions. On climate governance, he highlighted the need for: a whole-of-society approach to resilience; promotion of systems thinking; targeted interventions across sectors; inclusion of the private sector; and strengthening institutional capacity.
On planning and processes, he noted the emphasis on putting people at the center of both, political will, and leadership. On science and assessment, he emphasized a bottom-up approach to innovation and solutions in adaptation, strengthening regional and transboundary cooperation, and systemic changes and coordinated efforts.

On technologies and practice, he highlighted: the need to value capital in all its dimensions; adoption of innovative and disruptive technology; engaging with all actors; and promoting cross-disciplinary learning. On finance and investments, he emphasized the need to: integrate climate change into development finance and private sector investment; shift to a long-term horizon for projects and planning; boost up-front technical assistance; and increase the understanding of incremental costs and benefits.
Leaders of the three Rio Conventions addressed the high-level closing plenary.

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