4th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum | Asian Development Bank

4th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum

Event | 1 - 3 October 2014 Putra World Trade Center, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia


The main theme of the forum is “New Partnerships for Resilient Development: Government, Business and Society” with a focus on key selected topics. The forum provides a venue for sharing 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 Government of Malaysia. 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 opportunities from all levels of government, in business and society to discuss how to become more effective in addressing the challenges of development in a changing climate through critical reflection on the roles of actors involved and how new partnerships for resilient development can be secured. The mixture of plenary and panel discussions as well as diverse side-events will provide participants to discuss important cross-cutting questions which include:

  • What are the roles of state and non-state actors in adaptation?
  • What are the barriers to different actors’ involvement and how can these be addressed?
  • What knowledge do different actors use?
  • How do different actors exercise agency or have influence on decisions and actions?
  • What types of collaborations and partnerships among different kinds of actors are important to successful adaptation?

To help address the general questions about adaptation actors in a way that can be useful for practice, the 4th Adaptation Forum will be organized around the following five themes:

  • Mainstreaming and Transformative Change: policy; trade and finance; technology/knowledge transfer; public –private partnerships; ethics and values; gender sensitive development; community involvement; poverty alleviation
  • Development and the Food-Water-Energy Nexus: agricultural land; water-use; water resources; infrastructure/reconstruction; private investment; energy/water/food security
  • Disaster Risk Reduction and human security: loss and damage; insurance; risk communication; risk management and adaptation; reconstruction; health; conflict; migration; poor and vulnerable groups
  • Forestry, Biodiversity and Ecosystems Change: livelihoods; traditional ecological knowledge; conservation; community-based and ecosystem-based adaptation
  • Cities with an emphasis on coastal Development and Sea-Level Rise: urbanisation, tourism; heat waves; mangrove protection; sea-level rise and SIDS

Target participants

The 2014 forum 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.