Economics of Climate Change Adaptation
21 August – 1 September (The second training will be held on 12 - 23 March 2018)
AIT Conference Center, Pathumthani, Thailand
Objectives and outcomes
The objective of the ECCA programme is to strengthen the capacity of technical officers in Ministries of Planning/Finance, as well as line Ministries (Environment, Agriculture, Water, Public Works, and others) to assess the economic costs and benefits when evaluating different alternatives and to prepare high-quality economic analyses related to climate change adaptation projects and programmes.
Ultimately, the programme seeks to mainstream these important analytical skills into ministries and departments, enabling countries to formulate economically efficient and climate resilient development plans.
Workshops covering the theory and the practical application of Cost Benefit Analysis, and introduction to forecasting and modelling were held in several countries: Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam. The output of the training activities were country reports and a regional report that compiles individual country reports to provide a regional perspective in the agricultural sector.
Building on this programme by UNDP and USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific Project, the Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) will deliver, through its Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP), two 10-day training courses on the Economics of Climate Change Adaptation in August 2017 and March 2018.
The Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific at the AIT, in cooperation with UNDP and USAID Adapt Asia-Pacific, will hold the first run of the training course on the Economics of Climate Change Adaptation under the Climate Change Asia initiative, from 21 August to 1 September 2017. Applications for the first run closed in May and a final selection of participants has been made. A call for applications for the second run, to be held in March 2018, will open in September 2017.
- Introduction to key economic principles and review of impacts of climate change in Asia and the Pacific
- Assessment of economic impacts of climate change, cost-benefit analysis of investment projects and climate-proofing options
- Proposal development
- Policy and technical staff from line ministries and national agencies, non-governmental organizations, academia, and private sector, who are involved in national adaptation planning process, development of project proposals on climate change adaptation and mainstreaming climate change adaptation issues into national strategies and plans; and
- Experts in the field of economics or statistics from governmental, non-governmental and academic institutions who are involved in economic analysis of climate change adaptation actions and climate-resilient investments.
Each run of the training course is limited to 25 participants as follows:
- Ten participants from target countries of the UNDP Economics of Climate Change Adaptation capacity building programme, namely Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao PDR, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, and Vietnam, will receive full scholarships covering travel, accommodation and subsistence expenses.
- Five participants from Thailand and ten participants from other countries of Asia and the Pacific can attend on a self-funded basis.
The training is totally free of charge for all participants. However, the self-funded participants need to cover their own travel, accommodation, and subsistence expenses.