ESCAP carries out a range of activities for coordinating and strengthening the regional responses to the global challenge posed by climate, principally through pursuit of the following three main tracks. Listed below are the key activities under each track.
1. Promotion of a regional approach to achieving “climate-friendly and climate change resilient society”
• Collaboration with the Ministry of Environment (MOE) Japan in developing the
Asia-Pacific Regional Platform on Adaptation to Climate Change. Activities include developing a regional knowledge base and conducting a regional seminar on mainstreaming climate change adaptation in national development planning (to be held in February 2008, Bangkok).
• Collaboration with MOE, Japan, and the Australian Greenhouse Office in organizing the 17th Asia-Pacific Seminar on Climate Change (31 July – 3 August 2007, Bangkok).
• Workshop on Mainstreaming Policies and Investment in Low Carbon Economy:
Opportunities for New Approaches to Investment and Flexible Mechanisms (30-31 August 2006, Bangkok).
• Workshop on business models and financial frameworks to scale up responses to climate change, clean energy and sustainable development, Asia-Pacific Consultations –
Gleneagles Dialogue (18-19 July 2007, Seoul).
• UNFCCC/ESCAP Workshop on Climate Change Technology Needs Assessments and Technology Transfer (27-29 June 2007, Bangkok).
2. Promotion of voluntary participation of Asian and Pacific developing countries in the global green house gas (GHG) emission reduction in connection with local initiatives
• Development of a clean development mechanism (CDM) guidebook for local government, with particular focus on landfill gas capture and energy recovery (to be published by the 4th quarter, 2007).
• Assistance to local governments in Asian and Pacific developing countries in the development of CDM-related projects through the Kitakyushu Initiative for a Clean
Environment which had been adopted by the Fourth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific 2000. Continue...