Concept Note - October 2012

This programme is supported by UNDP's Energy and Environment Group in collaboration with USAID's ADAPT ASIA-PACIFIC Programme.

The objective of this UNDP-USAID programme is to strengthen the capacity of technical officers in Ministries of Planning/Finance as well as line Ministries (Environment, Agriculture, Water, Public Works, and others) to understand the economics of adaptation as it relates to medium- and long-term national, sub-national and sectoral development plans as well as in evaluating different adaptation investment projects.

The approach adopted in this capacity building programme is based on the following key elements:

  • Training of technical officers at the national and sub-national level to estimate the economic costs and benefits of climate change impacts as well as adaptation options   
  • Support technical officers at the national/sub-national level, including others, to assess the costs and benefits of climate change adaptation options to promote learning by doing
  • Establishment of  a region-based training programme that is housed within an appropriate learning centre in the region that can provide continous technical advisory support
  • Convene policy dialogue forums with Ministries of Planning/Finance and line Ministries at the country and regional level to discuss the economics of adaptation in the context of national and sub-national medium and long-term national development plans
  • Develop a virtual community of practice of technical officers workng on the economics of adaptation in Asia
  • Identify investment projects for adaptation that can be financed from current and emerging sources of funds.


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