The Asia Pacific region has the highest mortality and people affected by floods in the world. Under the new climate scenarios based on the 6th IPCC Assessment Report, the region will be the most impacted by heavy precipitation requiring long term resilience to the impacts of water-related disasters. This in turn necessitates a transformational adaptation that will help reverse the current negative trend on the achievement of SDG targets, particular those of SDG 13 on Climate Action.
For countries, transformational adaptation requires (1) an understanding the overall riskscape from climate change that impacts water-related hazards on a timescale- from current to long-term, (2) identify high-priority regions and sectors that will bear the brunt of the impacts of climate change, (3) identify adaptation options, (4) implement these in the national development plans, and (5) monitor the progress and update according to the scientific information.
ESCAP and IGES have been working together on this transformational adaptation and have established synergistic digital platforms to support countries to close the adaptation gaps and establish cooperation mechanisms to build climate resilience for multiple hazards including floods in the Asia Pacific region. The Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Information Platform (AP-PLAT) was launched aiming to provide an enabling environment for climate-risk
informed decision-making and practical adaptation action through collaboration with partners including international organisations, universities, and research institutes. IGES has worked for this initiative together with Ministry of the Environment, Japan (MOEJ) and National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES). AP-PLAT is providing multiple data tools to understand the climate projections (ClimoCast, Climate Impact Viewer) at the global level. The tools enable assessment of climate impacts on food and water sectors. ESCAP’s Asia Pacific Risk and Resilience Portal provides key analytics to (a) identify high-priority regions and sectors that will bear the brunt of the impacts of climate change and assesses the economic and livelihood vulnerability of economies, populations, infrastructure, and environment under climate change. In addition, the Risk and Resilience Portal can support the process of adaptation planning as conceptualized in the AP-Plat tools through providing customized adaptation priorities for countries as well as the cost of adaptation for each country.
Using the complementarities between the two digital platforms, this session will discuss (1) the pathways to implement a system that lead to the promotion of climate change adaptation activities and the regional, subregional and country level, especially in early warning for early action (2) build capacity of policymakers to use the digital platforms to ensure climate change impact assessment and adaptation project formulation in multiple sectors, including in using early warning and impact-based forecasting for reducing the loss and damage, and (3) promote the acceleration of disaster and climate related SDGs, particularly SDG 13 through various regional and sub-regional cooperation mechanisms.