COP26 Side Event

Capacity-building Needs for Enabling Resilience for All: Key Outcomes of APAN Forum

5 November 2021 18:00 -19:00 (JST) /9:00-10:00 (Local time)

The Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), developed and launched by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 2009 under the Global Adaptation Network (GAN), is the first regional adaptation network. APAN is an open network that strives to equip adaptation actors in the region with knowledge for designing and implementing adaptation measures, building capacity to access technologies and finance, and integrating climate change adaptation into policies, strategies, and plans towards building climate change resilient and sustainable human systems, ecosystems, and economies. APAN has established a good partnership with key sub-regional organizations and become a key adaptation knowledge mobilizer in Asia and the Pacific Region. Its mission is to help build climate change resilient and sustainable human systems, ecosystems and economies in countries across the Asia-Pacific region

The Asia-Pacific Adaptation Forum is the primary regional platform for adaptation practitioners to share their learning and experiences and learning from each other. The Forum is the flagship event of APAN. The Seventh Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum held virtually from 08-12 March 2021. The Ministry of the Environment (MoEJ) of Japan was the Host of the event. Over 900 unique forum attendees from over 62 countries, including representatives from Governments, Intergovernmental Organizations, United Nations bodies, Civil Society Organizations and other entities, the forum concluded with a set of recommendations to advance Enabling Resilience for All. The Critical Decade to Scale-up Action.


Primary objectives of this side event are to 

  • a) share key outcomes of the 7th Asia-Pacific Adaptation Forum specifically focusing on capacity-building needs for enabling resilience for all.
  • b) share on going and planned efforts of APAN partners including host of the 7th Asia-Pacific Adaptation Forum to support capacity building needs including generation of knowledge, and
  • c) provide space for dialogue and understand needs of wide range of adaptation practitioners.


5 November 2021 18:00 -19:00 (JST) /9:00-10:00 (Local time)

3rd Capacity-building Hub within COP26 (Blue zone)



  Welcome Remarks

Mr. Gen'ichiro Tsukada, Director, Climate Change Adaptation Office, Global Environment Bureau, Ministry of the Environment, Government of Japan (MoEJ)

  Welcome Remarks Ms. Loren Legarda, Deputy Speaker, House of Representatives, Philippines, and UNDRR Global Champion for Resilience; CVF Ambassador for Parliaments  
  Presenter Mr. Mozaharul Alam, Regional Coordinator, Climate Change Sub-programme, UNEP Asia and the Pacific Office, Bangkok, Thailand  
  Panel: Focus on Inclusive Resilience Dr. Albert Salamanca, Senior Research Fellow, Stockholm Environment Institute Bangkok 10330, Thailand  
  Panel: Focus on Economic Sector Resilience Mr. Arghya Sinha Roy, Asian Development Bank  
  Panel: Focus on Nature-based Resilience Ms. Lis Mullin Bernhardt, Coordinator, Global Adaptation Network, Climate Change Adaptation Unit, UNEP  
  Panel: Focus on Nature-based Resilience Mr. Raphael Glémet, Senior Programme Officer, Water and Wetlands, IUCN Asia Regional Office  
  Moderator Mr. Tetsuo Kuyama, Director, Regional Centre in Bangkok, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)  
  Prepare summary of the event Anna Kilponen, Regional Liaison, Asia-Pacific, Global Adaptation Network (GAN) Climate Change Adaptation Unit (CCAU)