Asia workshop

The workshop was held from 14 to 17 March 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand.

Participating countries and organisations

  • Bangladesh
  • Bhutan
  • Cambodia
  • Lao PDR
  • Maldives
  • Myanmar
  • Nepal
  • Thailand
  • Vietnam
  • Yemen
  • Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)
  • Mekong River Commission (MRC)
  • South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Secretariat

Workshop agenda 

Day 1 – Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Morning (09:00 – 13:00)
Welcoming of participants, opening speech by Ms Veronique Lorenzo, Head of Operations, EUD Thailand
Roundtable – Brief introduction of participants
Workshop objectives and agenda (EN)
Module 1: Understanding the basics of climate change science
Exchange of experience between climate scientists and development planners
Module 1 presentation (EN)
Module 2: Understanding climate change–development linkages
Module 2 presentation (EN)
Group work: Climate change–development linkages
Afternoon (14:00 – 17:00)
Overview of the GCCA (EN)
Module 3: Mainstreaming climate change and strengthening institutions and capacities
Module 3 presentation (EN)
Module 4: Understanding and planning under uncertainty
Module 4 presentation (EN)
Open time for discussion and clarification of day 1 topics
Day 2 – Thursday, 15 March 2012
Morning (09:00 – 13:00)
Module 5: Raising awareness and building partnerships
Module 5 presentation (EN)
Module 6: Mainstreaming climate change in national and sector policies, strategies and programmes
Module 6 presentation (EN)
Group work: Climate change mainstreaming in a national development strategy
Afternoon (14:00 – 17:00)
Module 7: Costing, assessing and selecting adaptation and mitigation options and measures
Module 7 presentation (EN) and discussion
Module 8: Mainstreaming climate change in the budgetary process
Module 8 presentation (EN) – Mainstreaming climate change in the budgetary process
Open time for discussion and clarification of day 2 topics
Side event – Update on GCCA-funded programmes (17:30 – 18:30)
Exchange of information on the status of GCCA-funded programmes in Asia 
Day 3 – Friday, 16 March 2012
Morning (09:00 – 13:00)
Module 8: Mainstreaming climate change in the budgetary process (cont'd)
Module 8 presentation (cont’d) – Public expenditure reviews, external resources (see above)
Climate Public Expenditure and Institutional Reviews: Review of experience in Asia-Pacific
Afternoon (14:00 – 17:00)
Module 9: Mainstreaming climate change in monitoring systems
Module 9 presentation (EN) 
Group work: Identification of suitable performance indicators   
Open time for discussion and clarification of day 3 topics
Day 4 – Saturday, 17 March 2012
Morning (09:00 – 13:00)
Presentations by workshop participants:
Bhutan in the wake of climate change and disasters – Mr Karma Sonam, Deputy Chief Planning Officer, Planning and Policy Division, Ministry of Agriculture and Forests, Bhutan
Operationalising Gross National Happiness – Mr Norbu Wangchuk, Planning Officer, Gross National Happiness Commission, Bhutan
Myanmar: Status of mainstreaming climate change into national planning system – Mr Than Aye, Ministry of Environmental Conservation and Forestry, Myanmar
Mainstreaming climate change into development planning and budgeting – Mr Uddhav Prasad Baskota, Chief of Environment Division, Ministry of Environment, Nepal
Yemen experience on climate change - Dr Hussein Alawi Abdullah Al-Gunaid, Deputy Minister of Environment
Afternoon (14:00 – 17:00)
Module 10: Synthesis, conclusions and way forward
Module 10: Recap of the framework and tools
Presentation of key features of action plans, final roundtable
Concluding words

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Over 30 people attended the workshop. Participants included senior government officials involved in climate change coordination and in development planning and budgeting , delegates of regional organisations, as well as representatives of EU Delegations to Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Laos, Maldives and Sri Lanka, Nepal, and Thailand.

This was the first workshop organised over four days, responding to feedback from delegates at the earlier three-day workshops (as those organised in the Pacific and Africa in 2011) on the high amount of content which limited time for activities, experience sharing and discussions among participants. The four-day format was deemed a success. Workshop participants made valuable contributions, notably in the form of presentations that complemented those made by the trainers and EC staff. These contributions provided an opportunity to compare the theory presented in the modules with practice in the region and to get perspectives from a range of different countries and contexts.

On the evening of the second day of the workshop, a special session was organised for participants from countries with GCCA-supported programmes. This was attended by representatives of Maldives, Bhutan, Cambodia, Bangladesh and, for the Lower Mekong Basin regional programme, from Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and Thailand.

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