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First Regional Capacity Development Programme on Economics of Climate Change Adaptation in Asia


WASHINGTON, DC, March 21, 2013 - UNDP and USAID-supported project, ADAPT Asia-Pacific, held their first Regional Capacity Building Program on the Economics of Adaptation, titled “Assessing Costs and Benefits of Adaptation: Methods and Data”, in Bangkok, Thailand, from 11 to 14 March, 2013. The training, implemented with the collaboration of Yale University, is the first of a series of four trainings planned over the course of two years, aimed to identify gaps in capacity development needs in an area that is critical for helping developing countries to formulate National Adaptation Plans (NAPS), and access climate finance.


Multi-disciplinary technical teams from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Lao PDR, Indonesia, Maldives, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam met in this workshop to develop an understanding of the methods and data used to analyze the economic net-benefits of alternative adaptation initiatives in the agriculture and water sectors.

Following this meeting, participants will begin in-country field activities in conjunction with a number of ongoing adaptation initiatives financed by the Least Developed Country Fund and the Special Climate Change Fund. Mentors will be assigned to support country teams in this undertaking. The participants will regroup later this year to share their initial results and to receive additional training before continuing their field work.

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