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