Climate Change, one of the most pervasive and truly global of all issues affecting humanity, poses a grave and serious threat to our environment. With the signing of multilateral environment treaties such as UNFCCC, the world community has become more aware of the consequences of the climate change on our Planet and started addressing issues of climate change on ecosystem health and environmental security at global level. The scientific reality of issue came at the forefront as early as 1990, when the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) reported in its first assessment report that the possibility of global warming had to be taken seriously. Regional and national efforts to deal with climate change are currently underway to combine the collective experiences of science and policy.


The Regional Biodiversity programme, Asia aims to create an enabling environment in the region by assisting developing countries in Asia to reduce their vulnerability and come up with suitable anticipatory approaches to deal with adverse impacts of climate change. This includes planning through information gathering and vulnerability assessments, design of anticipatory measures to reduce vulnerabilities and implementation of concrete adaptation measures. Specifically, this could be achieved through transfer of methods, approaches and technologies in flood, drought and disaster mitigation, coastal zone management, integrated water resource management and improved biodiversity and forest management including protected areas.

The Regional Biodiversity Programme is beginning to initiate a Regional Capacity Building Programme on Climate Change in Asia. The initial phase of the Programme aims to focus on training stakeholders understand the tools and technologies available for assessing vulnerability and adaptation issues and their linkage to policy development and implementation.

Resource Kit on Climate Change and Biodiversity

This Resource Kit provides comprehensive information on issues dealing with climate change and biodiversity. Besides providing data and information on happenings at UNFCCC events, it also provides information in the form of papers, research reports and articles on critical areas of Climate Change research such as Vulnerability and Adaptation, Clean Development Mechanism and Carbon trading. The CD-ROM also contains a list of bibliography and useful links to institutions and websites that can provide additional information on climate change and biodiversity.

Pre-CoP-8 workshop in Bangladesh

In an attempt to enhance the negotiating capacities of countries in Asia, the RBP is planing to organise a national consultation on climate change in Dhaka, Bangladesh during October 2002. Discussions on agenda items of COP 8, SBI and SBSTA forms the basis of this activity.

Established in 1996, the IUCN Regional Biodiversity Programme, Asia aims to help countries in the region effectively implement the provisions of Convention on Biological Diversity(CBD) in addition to supporting national and regional initiatives on securing community and household livelihood securities.

The Programme is one of the significant regional initiatives working across 18 countries in Asia through a partnership approach to help build capacity and decision making at various levels.

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The Regional Biodiversity Programme, Asia is currently implementing projects in about 12 countries in Asia on a range of issues concerning conservation and development with a commitment to work in partnership to build capacity in the region. The programme is aiming for both strategic and sustainable presence in the region.

The programme's strategy for 2002-2005 emphasises the fact that creating an enabling environment is the prelude to successful development as well as implementation of policies and programmes.

Currently the programme is strengthening its funding base, human resources and strategic linkages with other regions and internationally.

Balakrishna Pisupati Ph.D.