2 June 2014, Jeju, Republic of Korea – CIFAL Jeju brought together fourteen government officials and civil society representatives from seven countries from Asia-Pacific and one observer from the Trilateral Cooperation Secretariat in Seoul with the objective of “Developing Capacities on Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) and Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) in the Asia-Pacific Region”. CIFAL Jeju in partnership with the UNISDR Office for Northeast Asia and Global Education and Training Institute (ONEA/GETI) hosted the event in Jeju from 28 April to 1 May.         

Countries represented in the workshop included Bangladesh, Cambodia, India, Myanmar, Nepal, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka and Vietnam. The group was comprised of representatives from national and local governments, NGOs, local UN staff, and academia. The workshop was highly interactive with the participants being divided into groups to assess their cities using the MCR Local Government Self-Assessment Tool (LG-SAT) and to develop draft outlines of the Safe and Resilient City Action Plan, which includes a list of objectives and work areas, actions, indicators, timeframe, and responsibility.

During the workshop, the following key areas were discussed: (1) introduction to disaster risk reduction conceptual framework, (2) understanding and implementing the Making Cities Resilient (MCR) tools, and (3) planning the way forward and designing cities resilient action plans. The workshop provided practical information on how to use Making Cities Resilient (MCR) tools and proposed approach to develop Safe and Resilient City Action Plan. Participants had the opportunity to share their own countries/cities experience on how to build local resilience to disasters.

The workshop promoted the importance of effective climate change adaptation and disaster risk reduction. The main objectives were to increase political commitment and engagement of national actors in the field of national development and planning including the DDR and CCA agendas, and to raise awareness of the community to increase social demand for disaster resilient development.

Sessions were led by experts from UNISDR ONEA/GETI – Mr. Sanjaya Bhatia (Head of the Office), Mr. Armen Rostomyan (Programme Officer), and Mr. Andrew McElroy (Programme and Public Info Officer). Dr. Muralee Thummarukudy of the UN Environment Programme (UNEP) also shared his expertise on environment and disaster risk reduction. Dr. Yeora Chae from the Korea Environment Institute presented about the Republic of Korea’s National Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Master Plan.