Kazutaka Oka (Japan) 1; Yoshimi Fukumura (Japan) 1; Yasuaki Hijioka (Japan) 1
1 - National Institute for Environmental Studies
Climate change already affects us, significantly impacting our society and environment. Climate research warns about greater impact in the future. Japan responded to the Paris Agreement at the twenty-second session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) by announcing the Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Information Platform (AP-PLAT). AP-PLAT, the portal website for the platform, will support countries in the Asia-Pacific region in the development of a national adaptation plan that facilitates adapting to our changing climate. Adapting to the adverse impact of climate change is impossible if only some of us and only some of our countries participate. All of us must strengthen the global response to the urgent threat of climate change.
National Institute for Environmental Studies, Japan, is in charge of developing AP-PLAT. NIES has two years of experience in developing and operating the national platform, named A-PALT. According to NAP, the role of A-PLAT is to provide integrated data and information on climate change impacts to promote adaptation actions nationwide. Currently, A-PLAT has webGIS system to illustrate impact assessment results of national projects named S-8, in which impacts on major indices such as rice yield and disaster risks are projected with high resolution in near future. Aside from the system, A-PLAT provide information related to climate change impacts provided by relevant ministries and institutes such as meteorological agency.
One of big challenges of the development of AP-PLAT is its characteristics. There are many national platforms but those that cover across borders are limited. Following the precedent, AP-PLAT has also similar contents of A-PLAT, which is not sufficient to meet the goal. To deal with the challenge, NIES will hold a meeting of platform experts around the world, including UKCIP, weADAPT, Climate-ADAPT, KLiVO, Climate Ireland, KACCC, National Climate Impact Atlas of the Netherlands, etc., and discuss the way how AP-PLAT can contribute to promoting adaptation in the region. Following the event, NIES will also hold a workshop for Thailand and Indonesia and discuss how to develop a national platform in these countries.
The aim of AP-PLAT is integrating scientific information into decision-making in each country in the region. Prototype of AP-PLAT has been operated since COP23 in 2017, where its launch in 2020 was formally announced by the Minister of the Environment. AP-PLAT should be the platform for communication and interaction to facilitate partnership and collaboration to adapt to climate-resilient and sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region.