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NAP Regional EXPO and NAP Regional Training Workshop on Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation in Water Resource Sector
11-16 September 2017
Seoul, Republic of Korea

1. Background

The National Adaptation Plan (NAP) Regional Training Workshop for Asia on "Mainstreaming Climate Change Adaptation into Water Resources" took place from the 13th to 16th of September 2017 in Seoul, Korea, back to back with the NAP Regional Expo. The training was targeted to governments in the Asian region. Participants attending this workshop are representatives from the Ministries of Environment, Ministries of Water and Ministries of Planning of Asian developing countries (LDCs and non-LDCs), as well as key resource people from partner organizations.

The workshop was co-organized by the National Adaptation Plan Global Support Programme (NAP-GSP), a joint United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) led initiative, financed by the Special Climate Change Fund (SCCF) and the Least Developed Countries Fund (LDCF), the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD), and the Korean Environment Institute (KEI)-Korea Adaptation Center for Climate Change (KACCC). The workshop was facilitated by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). The training has been a direct response to the request made by NAP-GSP supported countries, to address specific needs through the topics that they have considered most relevant to support their NAPs - in this case, how to mainstream climate change adaptation into water resources.

2. Objectives of the Training

The objective of this training was to increase the capacity of policy makers and technical people for effective decision-making by tackling climate change adaptation for water resources. As a key natural resource, water is a multi-sectorial issue and provides an entry-point for mainstreaming climate risks through the NAP process. This includes a focus on extreme events and other slow onset aspects related to water (such as droughts, floods, sea level rise, salinity, etc.).

The workshop also aimed to enhance the understanding of participants of the importance of water resources and the cross sectoral linkages with other priority sectors (agriculture, infrastructure, health, etc.), ensuring the successful alignment with the international development and climate agenda, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

3. About the NAP-GSP

The NAP-GSP provides a global support mechanism to enable developing countries (including Least Developed Countries, LDCs) to identify, finance, and implement appropriate medium to long term adaptation actions at national, sub-national and local levels. The NAP-GSP is a collaborative effort of more than ten international organizations supporting countries in the following areas: i) Institutional support; ii) Technical support; and iii) Knowledge brokering.

List of Participants

List of Participants for NAP Regional EXPO and NAP Regional Training Workshop (Updated as of 23 September 2017)

NAP Expo
Day 1 - 11 September, 2017
Session I: Opening and introduction
Parallel Session III.A - Agriculture and fisheries

Parallel Session III.B - Water and health

Parallel Session III.C - Cities and settlements

Day 2 - 12 September, 2017
Session IV: The National Adaptation Plan

Session V: Financing the formulation and implementation of NAPs

Parallel Session VI.A - Supporting assessments for the process to formulate and implement NAPs

Parallel Session VI.B - Appraising and prioritizing adaptation options

Parallel Session VI.C - Examples of the process and results monitoring relating to the process to formulate and implement NAPs

NAP Regional Training Workshop for Asia
Day 1 - 13 September, 2017, "Setting the scene: What is mainstreaming CCA and what information do we need for decision making?"
Session 1 - Understanding climate change and the international context

Session 2 - Climate and hydrological information and services

Day 2 - 14 September, 2017, "What do we need to know and do to support mainstreaming adaptation into water resources?"
Session 3 - Scenario-building and vulnerability assessments for decision-making
Session 4 - Stakeholder participation, institutional arrangements and partnerships
Session 5 - Cross-sectoral linkages

Day 3 - 15 September, 2017
Session 6a - CCA in water resource management
Session 6b - Mainstreaming CCA in water resourse management

Day 4 - 16 September, 2017
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