Climate Change Asia

Catalyzing Capacity for Action

In early 2016, the Climate Change Asia (CCA) initiative was established at the Asian Institute of Technology. It aims to build capacities of governments and other stakeholders in Asia and the Pacific to access and manage climate finance as a means to advance the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals. 

Since its inception, the initiative has contributed to building the capacities of 185 government officers, decision makers and other stakeholders from 22 countries through seven workshops and training programmes convened in four countries across Asia and the Pacific. Specialized training materials were developed taking advantage of good practices and lessons learned from the region and around the world and with the involvement of prominent regional experts. The effectiveness of these capacity building activities was assessed through pre- and post-training evaluations, indicating an average knowledge improvement of 99.6 per cent on the key topics and an average of 90 per cent rating (excellent) on various aspects of the training delivery.

  
  
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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