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UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Technical Workshop on Advancing the Integration of Approaches to Adaptation Planning

12-14 October 2009 | UN Conference Centre (UNCC), Bangkok, Thailand

Highlights for Wednesday, 14 October 2009

The final day of the workshop began with reports back from the breakout groups and discussions of the recommendations on integrating adaption across levels, economic sectors, and hazards. Panelists reflected on perspectives for adaptation planning including on gender-sensitive approaches to adaptation, ecosystems approaches to integration of adaptation, inclusion of stakeholders in planning processes, and use of national adaptation programmes of action (NAPAs) in least developed countries (LDCs). In the afternoon, partner organizations presented pledges and provided updates on adaptation actions. Breakout facilitators and Chair Helen Plume highlighted information sharing, development of tools and guidelines for integration, identification of appropriate entry points, legislative and policy frameworks and stakeholder consultation, as important for integration of approaches to adaptation. Chair Plume closed the meeting at 3:07 p.m.


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Fred Onduri Machulu, Uganda, and Mozaharul Alam, UNEP

Kemi Seesink, Wetlands International

A view of the room during the workshop

Workshop Chair Helen Plume, New Zealand, and Youssef Nassef, UNFCCC Secretariat


Highlights for Tuesday, 13 October 2009

During the second day of the workshop, participants met in a morning plenary session on integration of adaptation planning across hazard types. Participants then met in three breakout groups focusing respectively on integration of adaptation planning across levels, economic sectors and hazards, with a view to developing recommendations to address identified gaps and barriers and to strengthen integration of adaptation planning.

Workshop participants convened in breakout groups throughout the day.

Yunus Arikan, ICLEI, speaking during one of the smaller breakout groups.

Breakout group on integration of approaches to adaptation planning across levels


Highlights for Monday, 12 October 2009

The Technical Workshop on Advancing the Integration of Approaches to Adaptation Planning opened on Monday, 12 October 2009, in Bangkok, Thailand, under the Nairobi Work Programme on Impacts, Vulnerability and Adaptation to Climate Change (NWP). Helen Plume, Chair of the Subsidiary Body for Scientific and Technological Advice (SBSTA), highlighted that the workshop is being held under the NWP work area on adaptation planning and practices, and that the aim is to discuss approaches to adaptation planning and identify how to enable implementation of good practice examples. During the day presentations were made on: the integration of approaches to adaptation planning; approaches to and experiences in adaptation planning at national, subnational, community and local levels; the integration of adaptation planning across levels; and integration of adaptation planning across economic sectors.

Workshop Chair Helen Plume, New Zealand, and Roberto Acosta, UNFCCC Secretariat

Heather McGray, World Resources Institute

A view of the room during the morning session

Workshop participants

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Approaches to and experiences in integrating and expanding adaptation planning and action at national, subnational, community and local levels, and lessons learned, good practices, gaps, needs, and barriers and constraints to adaptation - Submissions by Parties and relevant organizations
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