Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Risk Reduction

16 October 2013, Jeju, South Korea - UNITAR CIFAL Jeju held its 6th workshop with 14 participants from 9 countries in Jeju Self-Governing Province to discuss best practices and share experiences on climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction in the Asia-Pacific Region from October 16-18.

The workshop was composed of lectures on climate change, typhoon and rainfall trend over recent 10 years, Korea’s National Climate Change Adaptation Master Plan, and introduction to the regional (training) activities of Asian Disaster Preparedness Center (ADPC). The Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA1), Post 2015 Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction (HFA2), Making Cities Resilient Campaign of UNISDR was also introduced.

Dr. Soon-Chul PARK (Korea Institute of Energy Research), Dr. Yeora CHAE (Korea Environment Institute), Dr. Ki-Ho CHANG (National Typhoon Center), Mr. Yongkyun KIM (UNISDR ONEA/GETI), and Mr. N.M.S.I. ARAMBEPOLA (ADPC) attended the workshop as resource persons. Mr. Arambepola was unable to attend the workshop in person, but was kind enough to send a recording of his lecture for the workshop.

The participants were asked to fill out the Local Government Self-Assessment Tool, and select three essentials each where they can demonstrate substantial achievements and that require planning or forward action to improve the situation, before attending the workshop. The result of this assessment was used in doing group discussion and making action plans within the framework of UNITAR-developed CityShare Methodology. For site visit, the participants visited Jeju Global Research Center, Korea Institute of Energy Research and Smart Grid Information Center.

Overall, the participants were satisfied with the workshop and replied that they would recommend the event to a colleague. Lectures by Dr. Soon-Chul PARK, Dr. Yeora CHAE and Mr. Yongkyun KIM were chosen as being the most interesting and useful to the participants. Some participants wrote that the workshop should be a bit longer (4~5 days) and that there were some language barrier as English is not the mother language of the participants.