With funding support from JCCI[1] (Joint Climate Change Initiatives), from 12-13 March 2012, Mr. Yim Sok Sophors program officer of CEDAC (Cambodian Center for Study and Development in Agriculture) participated in the Second Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum, in Bangkok, Thailand. The Forum was attended by over 700 participants, who included adaptation practitioners, policy-makers, specialists from various fields in climate change, government functionaries and representatives of donor agencies from across the world. Hosted by Adaptation Knowledge Platform (AKP) and Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN) in partnership with Asian Development Bank (ADB), the Forum, with its 11 co-sponsors, embodied the spirit of cooperation that must characterize all adaptive actions. 

The Forum focused on “Adaptation in Action”, signifying a shift from deliberations to decisions, plans to policies, and from policies to practices. In particular, it sought to link knowledge to adaptation actions, and spotlight the challenges of governance underlying adaptation decision-making.

This was abundantly reflected in the 24 panel discussions with 150 resource persons focusing on a diverse array of subjects ranging from national-level plans, government-led policy interventions, private sector initiatives, and gender and community-based adaptation, to agriculture, ecosystems management, disaster mitigation, the role of media and the importance of climate-proofing cities.

The Forum also hosted a vibrant marketplace with over 30 colorful booths showcasing information and adaptation solutions, which were generally a mix of community- and eco-based approaches often injected with a shot of technology.

[1] The Joint Climate Change Initiative is a collaborative effort between the three organizations, Cord, DCA/CA and Forum Syd, and is working to enhance the capacity among Cambodian non-government organizations and communities in order to reduce vulnerability of added threats that climate change poses to development. JCCI presently reaches out to 22 Cambodian organizations – and the communities they work with – working in a variety of areas, and aims at integrating a climate change lens into existing programme and project activities with a bottom-up rights based approach.