Nuaman Ishfaq Mughal,
Manila: The delegates of 6th Asia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum engaged in a rich exchange of insights and learnings in resilience-building to develop a deeper understanding of inclusiveness in climate adaptation.
The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) special report on Global Warming of 1.5°C galvanized the forum delegates to work together. Leaders and advocates called for strengthened partnerships across sectors, to speed up the climate adaptation actions.
Erna Witoelar, an Indonesian politician, said, “Time is ticking and we need to move faster, we have the solutions, we have the resources, we need to build partnerships.” “Extinction is forever and ecosystem resilience takes a really, really long time,” said by Youssef Nassef, Adaptation Director, United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC).
The sessions of the forum focussed on climate resilience in industry and the built environment, utilization of green and adaptation technologies, and the integration of gender perspectives into resilience building. Further, it was discussed that how climate change was exacerbating existing economic, social and environmental challenges.
The 6th Asia Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum echoed the importance of engaging the whole of society in climate adaptation and mitigation actions. The forum laid emphasis on inclusiveness of climate actions by taking into consideration other sectoral vulnerabilities, whilst learning from the successful examples.