The main theme of the Forum will continue to be on "Mainstreaming Adaptation into Development" with a focus on key selected topics. The Forum aims to share knowledge among decision-makers and practitioners at all levels of government, business and communities on how to be more strategic and effective in addressing the challenges of development in a changing climate in order to design appropriate policies and plans as well as build capacities to adapt.
The Forum is hosted by the Korea Environment Institute (KEI) in association with the Korea Adaptation Center for Climate Change (KACCC). ADB together with other partners including the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), the Institute for Global Environment Strategies (IGES), the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP), and the Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) are organizing and sponsoring the Forum.
The Forum will provide excellent opportunities for a range of actors working in different sectors and systems to share their knowledge about successes, and failures, to effectively adapt to climate change. The needs and interests of critical and neglected groups will be highlighted alongside the need for improving knowledge management.
The mixture of plenary and panel discussions as well as diverse side-events will provide participants with an outstanding opportunity to interact and learn about the latest ideas and practices in mainstreaming adaptation. The key outcome of the Forum will be improved adaptation strategies and actions.
The 3rd Adaptation Forum will be organized around the following four themes:
- Adaptation strategies: What strategies governments, organizations and communities adopting to deal with a variable and changing climate? Are they likely to be successful? Are they sufficient?
- Critical and neglected groups: What are governments, organizations and communities doing to better engage critical, but neglected, actors in adaptation plans and actions?
- Adaptation in sectors and systems: How are stakeholders in different sectors and systems adapting to a changing climate? What actions have they taken? What has worked, what has not?
- Knowledge management for adaptation: How can better use be made of existing knowledge to support adaptation efforts? How can learning from success and failure become more systematic?
The Forum 2013 will gather adaptation practitioners at global, regional, national, and sub-national levels. These include government representatives from various line ministries, researchers, practitioners, NGOs, international organizations, regional intergovernmental bodies, youth, media and the private sector.