Asia-Pacific Regional Climate Change Adaptation Assessment Final Report: Findings and Recommendations
This assessment report provides the findings and recommendations from the Asia-Pacific’s Climate Change Adaptation Assessment, which covers a diverse area with similar development and environmental challenges. One primary goal of the report is to identify opportunities for USAID to invest in climate change adaptation in Asia. Priority vulnerability and adaptation (V&A) challenges were also determined through gap analysis to find options for regional adaptation planning.
The assessment includes stakeholder consultations from ten countries including China, Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Laos, the Marshall Islands, Micronesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam. Nine other countries were assessed through a literature review. The assessment looked at three primary questions including: 1) What are the priority climate change vulnerabilities and adaptation challenges of developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region? 2) With respect to future RDMA programming, what interventions, tools, and program activities are most needed and appropriate at the regional level, and how can regional activities best complement potential national-level adaptation activities to be implemented by USAID bilateral missions? and 3) How can RDMA best coordinate with and leverage the efforts of regional platforms (such as ASEAN and APEC), bilateral donors, multilateral development banks, national governments, international non-governmental organizations (NGOs), universities, the private sector, and others to address priority adaptation challenges?
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This report includes a stocktaking of the large number of international donors, NGOs, and regional organizations engaged in adaptation activities and their programs, projects, networks and platforms. The report identifies strategic opportunities and potential partnerships with USAID/RDMA and specific partners for the six regional adaptation initiatives. In assessing potential partners and forming partnerships, it is recommended that USAID/RDMA consider the following guiding principles:
- Build on the Assessment Report’s stocktaking of organizations and activities by continuing to monitor progress of ongoing activities and the initiation of new adaptation programs and projects by other organizations, both to avoid duplication and to identify the best and most current opportunities for cooperation and collaboration;
- Engage partners, including national governmental counterparts, in dialogue to anticipate changing priorities, encourage long-term strengthening of capacity, and ensure activities are implemented at the appropriate scale;
- Continue to assess gaps and build on the efforts of other donors and NGOs, particularly in instances where current programs and projects are ending or phasing out; and
- Identify and participate actively in the most appropriate platforms and networks for sharing tools and methods, best practices, and project results.