The Climate Resilience department of ADPC aims to improve the resilience of people and systems to climate extremes and future climate change trends in Asia and the Pacific. The department focuses on the development of climate risk information, tools, techniques, and systems to be used in risk management and climate change adaptation plans in multiple sectors.
Despite the evidence of community resilience to cope with floods, storms and droughts, fluctuating weather patterns have made it difficult for people to anticipate and manage hazard events and climate extremes. Understanding how certain sections of society are vulnerable to particular hazards is key to building systems and services that can address the risks.
ADPC recognizes that women, ethnic minorities, and the poor are, and will remain, disproportionately affected by climate change. Thus, it is critical to encourage women and marginalized groups to take part in local and national policy and decision-making processes to ensure their disaster risk situation is addressed adequately.
Mainstreaming CCA into the broader agenda of sustainable development:
This involves building community resilience to climate extremes now and in the future by improving the quality and use of risk information in development planning. The climate Resilience department mainly focuses on public investment planning, the financing of climate adaptive projects, impact-based forecasting systems, landscape management and monitoring, water and water crisis management, and adaptation policies.
Raising national capacities for modelling weather and climate:
This involves supporting national hydro-meteorological services to build meteorological forecasting and climate change modelling capacities. The department designs and executes modalities for capacity building of meteorologists, climatologists, and hydrologists through in-country training and secondment into ADPC.
Supporting climate risk management and climate adaptation:
The department focuses on the development of climate risk information, tools, techniques, and systems to be used in risk management and climate change adaptation. We utilize climate models and analysis of historical climate data to support preparedness for shocks due to short-term shifts in seasons, variations in temperature and precipitation, and anomalies such as ENSO. We also support adaptation planning for long-term climate change.
Promoting end-to-end early warning systems:
We provide training and technical advice to put people-centered warning systems in place, strengthen the end-to-end dissemination of warnings, and ensure effective utilization of information by at-risk communities and responding organizations