The East Asia Summit (EAS) Climate Change Adaptation Workshop successfully concluded in New Delhi, India on 6-8 November 2013. The OML Center, who will be hosting the second workshop in Manila, Philippines, was represented by Perlyn M. Pulhin. Hosted by TERI University in partnership with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industry Research Organization (CSIRO), this first workshop forms part of an initiative to build a dialogue among EAS countries on issues of common concern in the area of environment and climate change, and, more specifically, to improve regional works and knowledge sharing on climate change adaptation planning among key decision-makers and communities of practice.
The workshop was attended by delegates from EAS participating countries (Australia, Cambodia, China, India Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam). Representatives from international organizations (Asian Development Bank, International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives, Food and Agriculture Organization – United Nations), along with public, private and research institutions from India also participated.
Delegates also participated in a field trip to the Tarun Bharat Sangh in Alwar, Rajasthan, an internationally acknowledged sit that showcases the positive impact of community-level initiatives to manage a variable and changing climate alongside several other social issues. The workshop recognized the value and importance in bringing together representatives from government, academia, and the private sector who have experience working in the areas of climate change, agricultural sustainability, disaster reduction and urban infrastructure.
The workshop focused on rural-urban interactions and livelihood, and specially the challenge of food and water security for local communities. Climate change was acknowledged as an important contributory factor that impacts on rural livelihoods and the rural-urban interface, and delegates identified opportunities to incorporate adaptation and development strategies into existing planning processes and frameworks.
Following are the opportunities and leading practice solutions identified by the delegates that could raise community capacity in responding to the challenges of food and water security in a changing climate:
The results of this workshop will be built-on at the second Climate Change Adaptation Workshop to be held in Manila, Philippines in February 2014. A report on the workshops will be presented at the next EAS Environment Ministers Meeting in 2014 for consideration.