ADBI-Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Climate Change Regional Policy Dialogue: Learning from the COVID-19 Pandemic

Event | 18 - 19 June 2020
Online

Time of event

Day 1: 15:00–18:15 (Tokyo time)
Day 2: 15:00–17:45 (Tokyo time)

Background

Contrary to the detrimental effects that the COVID-19 outbreak has had on the healthcare system and socio-economic activity, the environment has been impacted in a more favorable way. Due to the lockdown measures widely imposed to control the pandemic and ensuing slowdown in global economic activity, air quality in some affected areas has improved. Such a phenomenon offers lessons for advancing national climate and development plans. This includes achieving Nationally Determined Contributions and targets of the Paris Agreement.

At the same time, increasing pressure on public funding as a result of the COVID-19 crisis is prompting countries to mobilize greater private sector participation in their climate investment plans. The integration of green finance into financial sectors and design of conducive regulatory frameworks markets could enable green investment development in the current environment.

This ADBI-CAREC Institute regional policy dialogue will examine the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on climate change policy priorities, green finance, and potential ways forward for developing economies in Asia and the Pacific. The focus will be on country experiences and recommendations related to climate insurance, infrastructure, and innovative schemes to promote private sector financing for climate change mitigation efforts.

Objectives
  • Enhance policy maker and stakeholder knowledge of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on climate change mitigation
  • Spotlight lessons learned and new approaches for addressing related insurance, infrastructure, financing, and governance issues
  • Promote regional cooperation for strengthening climate change resilience
Participants
  • Approximately 100 senior and middle-level policy makers from CAREC and Asian Development Bank (ADB) member countries specializing in climate change, the environment, energy, or development sectors
  • Experts from ADBI, the CAREC Institute, ADB, and other international organizations, think tanks, and universities
  • All participants are required to have internet access and at least listening proficiency in English; simultaneous translation between English and Russian will also be provided
Output
  • Improved policy maker and stakeholder understanding of climate change mitigation challenges and opportunities in the COVID-19 era
  • Greater sharing of experiences and support for the application of best practices for addressing climate challenges at the regional level
  • Circulation of training materials, an event report, and policy briefs reflecting the outcomes of the policy dialogue
  • Speaker presentations will be made available to participants
How to register

Register here.

Partner

Central Asia Regional Economic Cooperation (CAREC) Institute

Conference Presentations

Climate Insurance, Infrastructure and Governance in the CAREC Region
Iskandar Abdullaev, Deputy Director II, CAREC Institute

English, Russian

CAREC Regional Climate Vulnerability Index
Atabek Umirbekov, Researcher, IAMO

English, Russian

CAREC Regional Climate Cooperation Network
Shakhboz Akhmedov, Networking and Partnerships Expert, CAREC Institute

English, Russian

Sharing Lessons of Kazakhstan’s Climate Policy
Zulfiya Suleimenova, Deputy Director of Climate Policy and Green Technologies Department, Ministry of Ecology, Geology and Natural Resources, Kazakhstan

English

Climate Change Policy Process in Georgia
Maia Tskhvaradze, Head of Climate Change Division, Ministry of Environmental Protection and Agriculture of Georgia

English, Russian

Better Way to Induce Green Bond in Order to Achieve Optimal Portfolio Allocation
Naoyuki Yoshino, Professor Emeritus Keio University Tokyo Japan/ Former Dean and CEO, ADBI/Director, Financial Research Center, Financial Services Agency (FSA) Government of Japan

English

Green Bonds for Financing Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in South East Asia: A Review of Policies
Dina Azhgaliyeva, Research Fellow, ADBI

English, Russian

Global Public Investors’ Approach to Climate Finance
Adam Cotter, Director & Head of Asia, Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF)

English, Russian

Climate Change Regional Policy Dialogue: Learning from the COVID-19 Pandemic
Dudi Rulliadi, Senior Policy Analyst, Center for Climate Finance and Multilateral Policy, Fiscal Policy Agency, Indonesia

English

Climate Innovative Financing
Rastislav Vrbensky, CEO, AvantGarde Ideas, Slovakia

English

Securing Financial Resources for Achieving NDCs
Frédéric Asseline, Principal Climate Finance Specialist, ADB

English

Climate Financing - Solid Waste Management in India
Paramita Datta Dey, Senior Research officer, Urban Ministry and Urban affairs, The National Institute of Urban Affairs, India

English, Russian

ESG Investing and COVID-19: The Importance of Science-Driven and Evidence-Based Decision-Making in Times of Crisis
Kim Schumacher, Lecturer in Sustainable Finance and ESG | School of Environment and Society | Tokyo Institute of Technology

English, Russian

Engaging Private Sector into Green Investment
Riki Frindos, Executive Director, Indonesian Biodiversity Conservation Trust Fund, Indonesia

English, Russian

Governance for Climate Finance in Asia-Maldives Status
Ali Shareef, Director of Climate Change, Ministry of Environment, Maldives

English

Climate Change and Human Activities Exacerbate Water Stress in the Aral Sea Basin, Central Asia
Duan Weili, State Key Laboratory of Desert and Oasis Ecology, XIEG

English, Russian

Regional Climate Cooperation: Economic Effects–Impact of Climate Change on Major Crops in Pakistan
Ghulam Samad, Ghulam Samad, Senior Research Specialist, CAREC Institute

English, Russian

Regional Climate Cooperation: Challenges and Perspectives
Nailya Mustaeva, Director of Division of International Cooperation and Exchange, Department of Climate Change, Ministry of Ecology and Environment, People’s Republic of China

English, Russian

Informationon ICSD, IFAS
Batyr Kurbanov, Chief Specialist of the Secretariat of the Interstate Commission on Sustainable Development (ICSD), International Fund for Saving the Aral Sea (IFAS)

English