Climate Change Asia

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Catalyzing Capacity for Action

Climate Change Asia (CCA) is a Program launched at the Asian Institute of Technology to meet the diverse range of capacity building needs required to pursue low carbon development and achieve climate resilient societies in Asia. The program is designed to support the recently adopted Paris Agreement and the 2030 Developmental Agenda. A key feature of the program is to develop capacities in Asia to prepare, finance, and implement ‘bankable’ climate change mitigation and adaptation projects.

  
  
  
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Capacity Building

The capacity building needs in Asia are huge. To make a truly meaningful difference to the existing state of affairs, CCA will need to collaborate with  like-minded partners and organizations. Hence, CCA will tap into not only the whole of AIT's resources (including faculty and post-graduate students, AIT Solutions, Extension Service, and the Regional Resources Center for Asia-Pacific) but also its extensive network—of education and research institutions, training institutes (such as the Climate Change International Technical and Training Center (CITC) in Bangkok and the International Center for Climate Change and Development (ICCAD) in Bangladesh), international agencies, regional networks, and public and private sector organizations—for jointly addressing the capacity building needs in Asia.

Mentoring

Developing project proposals takes time, especially if there are multiple stakeholders involved. CCA provides the participants with the know-how and skills in assessing project opportunities, mitigation and adaptation options, and managing the development of these proposals. Once course participants leave the classroom, they continue to have access to expert help from CCA as they return home to implement what they have learned. Mentors are available to help participants finalize and guide their climate change proposals through to approval. Experts are available by internet and telephone to respond to urgent technical questions. Other techniques, such as remote learning, are employed to ensure that participants get the follow-up support they require to put lessons into practice. 

Areas of Expertise

We have a gamut of climate change-related expertise, in both mitigation and adaptation. Specific thematic areas include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • GHG emission analysis
  • Climate projection and modeling
  • Climate change impact assessments
  • Agriculture, forestry and other land use
  • Low carbon development and technologies
  • Climate change adaption for key sectors (e.g. agriculture, urban, water)
  • Participatory approaches for climate change adaptation
  • Climate-induced disaster risk reduction and management
  • Carbon markets and financing
  • Economic analysis of climate change project proposals