RRC.AP, an institute-wide centre of AIT that promotes science-policy interface, is well positioned to provide national and local governments with information that is scientifically based and repackaged to be usable for their adaptation planning and monitoring processes. Accessing and understanding downscaled climate data is inevitable for adaptation planning at national and local levels. RRC.AP provides both specialists and non-specialists of climate modeling with training opportunities to enhance their understanding and skills in utilizing climate information for climate change impact assessments and adaptation strategy formation.
Monitoring and evaluation of adaptation progress is another essential aspect of adaptation plans and strategies. Yet it is not often included in the plans or carried out with use of robust monitoring framework and indicators. RRC.AP facilitates the process of developing a monitoring framework that can be introduced as part of the national adaptation plan (NAP) process, simplified monitoring indicators that are locally applicable and measurable, and data collection tools with which to gather information easily.
Our work in Adaptation Planning and Monitoring
- Conceptual framework for monitoring adaptation
- Step-by-step operation guideline for monitoring adaptation
- Indicators related to water sector
- Data Collection tools
Effective Monitoring of climate change adaptation in Vietnam and Thailand: Contributions toward their national adaptation plan process
May 2016 – May 2017
This project aims to facilitate adaptation planning processes through development and demonstration of locally applicable monitoring systems for measuring the adaptation progress. The specific objectives are
- To develop a conceptual monitoring framework that links the local adaptation progress with national adaptation goals; and
- To identify the most significant issue in the water sector associated with climate change that the countries are currently tackling; and
- To develop a set of simplified indicators and data collection tools that enable local stakeholders to easily collect relevant information and monitor the progress of adaptation actions against the water-related issue identified.
In the exercise of this project, RRC.AP takes the role to oversee the entire process. It will also conduct preliminary technical assessment, provide technical assistance and process facilitation at each step, monitor progress, disseminate results and provide recommendations.
The Climate Change Research Center of the Vietnam Institute of Meteorology, Hydrology and Environment (IMHEN) will be responsible for the activities in Vietnam, including technical assessments, communications and consultations with targeted national and provincial governments, chairing and overseeing a working group, testing and demonstration of indicators, and organizing workshops. Likewise, a Thai research institute will undertake similar tasks conducted by IMHEN, in partnership with the Climate Change Management and Coordination Division of the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP).
As of August 2016, RRC.AP and our project counterpart in Vietnam have carried out a project kick-off meeting and national stakeholder consultations, and we are currently preparing the project methodology and the conceptual monitoring framework that enable us to undertake the field work and provincial stakeholder consultations in September 2016.
- A conceptual framerwork for manitoring adaptation
- A step-by-step operation guideline for monitoring adaptation
- A set of indicators for one specific issue related to the water sector
- Related data collection tools
Capacity building on accessing climate information
RRC.AP fosters the access to, and understanding on, climate information among government and academic positions responsible for climate change impact assessments and national and local adaptation strategy formulation. RRC.AP has undertaken the first training on Climate Change Downscaler in February 2016 and is planning to conduct the second one in 2017, drawing on needs, challenges and lessons learnt from the workshop.
Climate Change Downscaler Training Workshop
16 – 18 February 2016
The Climate Change Downscaler training workshop provided in-depth learning opportunities on a downscaling assessment system called S8 Downscaler to over 20 key government and academic positions responsible for climate change impact assessments, national and local adaptation strategy formulation and land use planning in nine countries.
A pre- and post-training survey revealed an average of 80 percent improvement in the level of understanding on key subject matters, including global climate models, the use of the S8 Downscaler, and the relevance and use of the downscaled climate data in respective fields of work. For more information about this training, please visit
Climate Change Downscaler Training Workshop
Workshop for countries of the Asia-Pacific region: Advancing National Adaptation Planning and Implementation of Adaptation Actions in Asia-Pacific
15 – 16 February 2017
A two-day workshop co-hosted by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Thailand through the Office of Natural Resources and Environmental Policy and Planning (ONEP) was convened on 15 - 16 February 2017 in Bangkok, Thailand to share experiences in implementing NAPs and discuss various topics including how the NAP process can be extended onto the local level including how the coordination structures to engage relevant stakeholders, different ways to utilize and manage data to support the implementation of adaptation actions and measures, and various monitoring and evaluation schemes for adaptation actions.
workshop website for more information.