Project Title

Workshop on enhancing prevention and risk reduction for climate change adaptation in vulnerable communities in the Asia-Pacific Region 

Project Year

2023   

Project Number

EPWG_202_2023A 

Project Session

Session 2   

Project Type

Standard 

Project Status

Project in Implementation   
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Project No.

EPWG_202_2023A 

Project Title

Workshop on enhancing prevention and risk reduction for climate change adaptation in vulnerable communities in the Asia-Pacific Region 

Project Status

Project in Implementation 

Publication (if any)

 

Fund Account

APEC Support Fund 

Sub-fund

ASF: Human Security 

Project Year

2023 

Project Session

Session 2 

APEC Funding

132,540 

Co-funding Amount

8,460 

Total Project Value

141,000 

Sponsoring Forum

Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG) 

Topics

Emergency Preparedness 

Committee

SOM Steering Committee on Economic and Technical Cooperation (SCE) 

Other Fora Involved

 

Other Non-APEC Stakeholders Involved

 

Proposing Economy(ies)

Peru 

Co-Sponsoring Economies

Chile; Mexico; New Zealand; United States; Viet Nam 

Expected Start Date

01/02/2024 

Expected Completion Date

30/06/2025 

Project Proponent Name 1

Alex Uriarte Ortiz (wef 23 May 2024) 

Job Title 1

Director of the Directorate of Environmental Supervision in Energy and Mines 

Organization 1

Peruvian Agency for Environmental Assessment and Enforcement (OEFA, as an acronym in Spanish) 

Postal Address 1

Not Applicable 

Telephone 1

+5195392685 

Fax 1

Not Applicable 

Email 1

auriarte@oefa.gob.pe 

Project Proponent Name 2

Percy Rojas Puent e 

Job Title 2

Biologist Specialist 

Organization 2

Organismo de Evaluación y Fiscalización ambiental (OEFA) 

Postal Address 2

Not Applicable 

Telephone 2

Not Applicable 

Fax 2

Not Applicable 

Email 2

projas@oefa.gob.pe 

Declaration

Alex Uriarte Ortiz 

Project Summary

Most APEC economies are located in areas prone to extreme events that can be exacerbated by climate change, and cause significant losses, particularly in vulnerable communities. Therefore, this project aims to enhance APEC economies’ capacity in anticipating, coping with, and preparing for disasters exacerbated by climate change. Under this project, a two-day workshop will be held in Lima, Peru, focused on sharing concrete experiences and best practices to enhance prevention and risk reduction through science and technology, such as early warnings, impact assessment, and mapping vulnerable and hazardous areas in vulnerable communities. The workshop is open to participation from all APEC economies, including government institutions, private companies, academia, and local communities.

Relevance

Region:
The project aims to address the urgent need to enhance the resilience of vulnerable communities in the Asia-Pacific region to reduce the impact from natural disasters, specially related to the occurrence of flood disasters due to increase rainfall caused by the effects of climate change. The effects are associated with the risk of human losses, environmental damage and impacts on productive activities, generating a high risk of escalation of acute socioeconomic challenges.
The project yields multiple benefits, extending beyond the enhancement of capacity and knowledge within APEC economies to anticipate, cope with, and prepare for climate change-exacerbated disasters. It also fosters partnerships and cooperation among APEC economies, promoting research and the development of prevention and mitigation tools for climate change-related disasters. This collaborative effort contributes to long-term synergistic work between APEC economies, establishing a foundation for sustained cooperation and progress.

It is crucial to note that there is currently a low assessment of disaster risks invulnerable communities despite their significance and long-term presence. This situation is further compounded by the existence of infrastructure that was not designed with climate change scenarios in mind.

Eligibility and Fund Priorities:

The project meets the eligibility criteria of the APEC Support Fund (ASF) Sub Fund on Human Security as supports capacity building for APEC developing economies on the following priorities areas: Emergency Preparedness.

The project aligns with the above-mentioned priorities areas because facilitates cooperation among APEC member economies and strengthens their capacity and knowledge anticipate, cope with, and prepare for climate change-induced disasters. In this way, it will enhance emergency preparedness in the APEC region, thereby mitigating human casualties, environmental damage, and adverse effects on productive activities.

Capacity Building:
The project will strengthen the capacity of APEC member economies by providing them with a space where they will gain knowledge and share experiences and latest practices of APEC economies in early risk prevention and mapping of vulnerable and hazardous areas, which will specially benefit members that due to their location, are at the high risk of being affected by natural disasters. They will be able to incorporate the insights gained and enhance their domestic disaster prevention and mitigation strategies in key sectors and protect vulnerable communities. Therefore, this will help achieve sustainable growth and equitable development in the Asia-Pacific region. APEC developing economies will benefit from this project.

Objectives

The main objective of this project is to support APEC economies in building the capacity to anticipate, cope with, and prepare for disasters exacerbated by climate change. This will be achieved through the sharing of experiences and best practices in prevention and risk reduction, such as early warnings, impact assessment, and mapping vulnerable and hazardous areas in vulnerable communities.

By facilitating knowledge exchange, APEC economies can incorporate the knowledge gained and enhance their domestic strategies for disaster prevention and mitigation in key sectors. Additionally, this exchange provides them with the necessary tools to address climate change challenges effectively.

Alignment

APEC:
The Project is aligned with the third economic driver of the APEC Putrajaya vision 2040and the Aotearoa Plan on Action on Strong, Balanced, Secure, Sustainable, and Inclusive Growth, as it calls to ensure that the Asia-Pacific region is resilient to shocks, crises, pandemic, and other emergencies. It also responds to the 2020 Kuala Lumpur Leader’s Declaration, which encourage to promote economic policies and growth that support global effort to tackle climate change, extreme weather, and natural disasters, and strengthen emergency preparedness.

This initiative is also consistent with the four pillars of the APEC DRR Framework, namely Prevention and Mitigation, Preparedness, Response and Rehabilitation and Build Back Better, as it will analyze, alternatives for the implementation of flood disaster prevention technologies. It also helps to advance the APEC DRR Action Plan by supporting regional collaboration on emergency preparedness and risk reduction by sharing knowledge on new technologies and best practices in prevention and mitigation to help member economies to assess hazards, vulnerabilities, and risk reduction for early warning, impact assessment, and mapping of vulnerable and hazardous areas in vulnerable communities.

Forum:

This project is aligned with the APEC Emergency Preparedness Working Group (EPWG)Strategic Plan (2021-2024), as it contributes to implement the critical success factors related to facilitate science and technology application to disaster risk reduction by sharing good practices and implementing EPWG projects, and strengthening information sharing, best practices, and learning from experiences.

TILF/ASF Justification

Not Applicable.

Beneficiaries and Outputs

Output 1 - Pre-Workshop Research:
a) Purpose: The identification of the current level of adoption of domestic strategies and innovative alternatives to anticipate, cope with and prepare for disasters exacerbated by climate change, such as early warnings, impact assessment, mapping vulnerable and hazardous areas in vulnerable communities, etc., in APEC member economies. This will also serve to identify stakeholders’ engagement, disseminate information and design an adequate strategy for the enforcement of the Workshop.

b) Correspondents: Government institutions from APEC economies, Programs for prevention and risk reduction regarding climate change adaptation often supported by International Organisations, such as UNDRR; Non-Governmental Organisations, such as World Vision, etc., or other bodies responsible for disaster management and regulatory frameworks on climate change; and academic institutions.

c) Method: Survey distributed to economies before the workshop, with a duration of 3 months before the preparation and delivery of the Workshop where case studies will be determined. The recompilation of information will be online, and the results will be analysed to be presented in the workshop for further discussion. Also, a desk study will be carried out to assess prevention and risk reduction for climate change adaptation in the APEC region before conducting the survey.

d) Written output: Report that will be shared in the Workshop and will be included in the summary report. The paper is expected to be a minimum of 5pages in length exclude annexes.

Output 2 - Workshop:

a) Purpose: To share experiences and best practices in prevention and risk reduction, such as early warnings, impact assessment, and mapping vulnerable and hazardous areas in vulnerable communities.

b) Target audience: This workshop will involve speakers and participants from representatives of Government institutions, non-government officials and International Organisations from APEC economies, involved in prevention and risk reduction for climate change adaptation, as well as representatives from academics.

c) Method: The 2-day in-person workshop (8 hours per day) which will be conducted in Arequipa, Peru on May 2024. The workshop will include sessions where APEC economies will share their experiences and best practices in prevention and risk reduction, and experts will present and develop research regarding adaptation strategies to climate change and present innovative alternatives to risk evaluation and prevention. Also, an ex-ante evaluation will be conducted before the Workshop to all participants and speakers on day 1, and an ex-post evaluation will be conducted to evaluate knowledge and capacity gained from the Workshop, which will be circulated right after the Workshop ends on day 2. The tentative agenda and discussion topics of each day of the workshop are as follows:

Day 1: National practices on prevention and risk reduction for climate change adaptation in vulnerable communities
- Presentation of experiences of APEC economies respect the topic
- Presentation of current work of EPWG or other international institutions that work in risk reduction regarding climate change adaptation
- Panel discussion (Q&A session). Topics:
* Education and Awareness: Promoting education and awareness abou t climate risks
* Sustainable Management of Natural Resources: Developing strategies for sustainable resource management in the face of extreme weather events
* Adaptation of Critical Infrastructure: Development of resilient and sustainable infrastructure against climate-related disasters.
* International Coordination in Emergency Responses: Examine the effectiveness of current mechanisms and propose improvements for a faster and more efficient response.
Day 2: Innovative research in early warnings and mapping vulnerable areas
-Presentation of results of innovative research from academies and industries
- Panel discussion (Q&A session). Topics:
* Risk Monitoring and Evaluation: Review the effectiveness of current systems and propose improvements in data collection, monitoring, and risk evaluation.
* Technology Transfer: Explore ways to share knowledge and technologies between developed and developing countries to strengthen local capacities
* Artificial Intelligence and Data Analysis: Application of artificial intelligence and data analysis for the prediction and management of climate disasters.
* Collaboration Platforms and Open Data: Promotion of collaboration platforms and the use of open data to share relevant information between economies.
- Work session: specific sessions to discuss mitigation and adaptation strategies. Working groups to develop possible agreements between APEC economies
- Closing Session: key learnings and recommendations gained from the Workshop

Output 3 - Summary Report:

This document will compile session objectives, session activities, executive summary of the presentations and key discussion. The Summary Report will be submitted first to the Secretariat for review and approval and published on the APEC website after being endorsed by the forum.

Table of contents:
1. General Information / Background
2. Pre-Workshop Research and Report
3. Workshop Description: session objectives, session activities, executivesummary of the presentations and key discussion topics.
4. Workshop Analysis
5. Set of Voluntary Recommendations
It is expected that the Summary Report, to have a minimum of 20 pages, excluding annexes, will be an APEC publication and will be submitted to the Secretariat for review and approval no later than 1 November 2024.

Outcomes:
1) To increase workshop participants’ knowledge of methodologies to anticipate, cope and prepare for disasters exacerbated by climate change, such as early warnings, impact assessment, and mapping vulnerable and hazardous areas in vulnerable communities.  This will be measured in the ex-ante and ex-post evaluations.

2) Raise awareness to anticipate, cope with, and prepare for disasters among APEC economies to increase the application of best practices in prevention and risk reduction for climate exacerbated disasters. This will be measured by tracking APEC economies that participated in the workshop six months after the event through a post-project survey and maintaining constant communication with them.

Beneficiaries:
Beneficiaries of the project are all APEC economies interested in enhancing prevention and risk reduction for climate change adaptation in vulnerable communities of its region. The participants and beneficiaries of this project will be:

Primary beneficiaries:
1. Government Institutions from APEC economies: Includes Ministries responsible for disaster management and other authorities, or other bodies responsible for disaster management and regulatory frameworks on climate change, as well as institutions that manage, monitor, and ensure their implementation.

2. International Organisation and Non-Governmental Organisations: such as UNDRR,IFRC, World Vision, and others that work in prevention and risk reduction for climate change adaptation.

3. Researchers and experts from academia: Includes professionals and members of university institutions, which develop research regarding adaptation measures to climate change, and present innovative alternatives. They will be compromised, by being able to generate links for the continuation or development of new research in coordination with governments and private companies.

Secondary beneficiaries:
1. Representatives from the private sector: Industry sectors such as mining, electricity, etc., especially those that can be directly affected by climate change in drought or flood sceneries, with a high risk of presenting socio-environmental conflicts in scenarios of water scarcity or possible flooding of its facilities. They will gain benefits from the project by being informed by the representatives of their country who participate in the Workshop, about activities in the prevention of effects in the face of climate change where they could participate.

2. Local communities: located in vulnerable areas, will gain benefits from the project by being informed by the representatives of their country who participate in the Workshop, about activities in the prevention of effects in the face of climate change where they could participate.

Dissemination

The Project Summary Report, which will summarize the findings of the 2-day workshop will be compiled into a written document as an APEC publication with the approval of the APEC Secretariat. Digital copies will be made available at https://www.apec.org/. The electronic publication will include as part of the annexes the workshop agenda and presentations. This information will be accessible to the public following the workshop to ensure that only updated information is reflected therein. It is expected that the number of pages will be a minimum of 20, excluding annexes. Following the workshop, all meeting documents will be uploaded to the Meeting Document Data Base (MDDB).

The target audience of all documents would include policymakers, representatives of industries and academia of APEC member economies audiences. Member economies will be encouraged to disseminate the results of the workshop with their respective agencies and business communities through different platforms, such as email, conducting meetings, etc. The documents will be prepared by an appointed contractor, and all publications will feature the APEC Intellectual Property and Logo. It is important to note that the PO has no intention to sell any outputs arising from this project.

Gender

Please see project proposal posted in Supporting Documents folder.

Work Plan

Please see project proposal posted in Supporting Documents folder.

Risks

Please see project proposal posted in Supporting Documents folder.

Monitoring and Evaluation

Please see project proposal posted in Supporting Documents folder.

Linkages

This workshop aims to facilitate knowledge sharing among APEC economies that have implemented domestic reform measures to address the impacts of climate change. The participation of APEC members, including PPFS, ATCWG, EWG, PPSTI, and the Climate Center of APEC, is anticipated. Additionally, international organizations such as CGIAR's Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security Program (CCAFS) may contribute experts to the project, workshop, and evaluation processes.

The Project Overseer (PO) will maintain close communication with APEC economies to ensure their active participation. Prior research has been conducted and work will continue to avoid duplicating of previous or ongoing APEC initiatives, as well as initiatives of other organizations operating in this area. The workshop will focus on compiling best practices, experiences, and recent research to promote long-term collaborative efforts among APEC economies. It seeks to establish a foundation for sustained cooperation and progress while reinforcing previous work undertaken to address the effects of climate change, particularly in vulnerable communities.

It is important to highlight that this project aligns with the objectives of the Paris Pact on Water and Climate Change Adaptation (established during COP 21) and contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically SDG 2 (Zero Hunger) and SDG 13 (Climate Action).

Sustainability

The beneficiaries of the project will get the presentation files and discussion materials and access to the contacts of the speakers to strengthen the cooperation network between economies and promote the development of alliances to develop possible international strategies to prevent, prepare and cope with disasters exacerbated by climate change.

After the project completion, the PO will be in constant communication with the beneficiaries to promote that APEC economies start to plan and implement best practices in in prevention and risk reduction for disasters exacerbated by climate change, guided by the experiences shared in the workshop.

The progress on the outcomes will be measured through an ex-post evaluation of the nowledge gained about methodologies to anticipate, cope, and prepare for disasters exacerbated by climate change. Also, six months after the event, a post-project survey about the implementation of best practices will be shared with all economies to evaluate the implementation of best practices, also the results will be shared with all of them to encourage the development of public policies under new climate change scenarios.

The summary report will suggest the next steps (future APEC Workshop, seminar, events, capacity building, study, research, survey, etc.) based on the discussions of the workshop.

Project Overseers

I am an environmental engineer graduated from the Federico Villarreal National University, graduated from the master′s degree in Ecology and Environmental Management. I have more than 15 years of experience in the private sector in mining, energy, industry, fishing, etc., also in the public sector in environmental auditing, environmental supervision, environmental inspection and university teaching. My interest is to take on new challenges in the environmental area, prioritizing teamwork.

Cost Efficiency

Not Applicable.

Drawdown Timetable

Not Applicable.

Direct Labour

Please see Project Proposal posted in Supporting Documents folder.

Waivers

Not Applicable.

Are there any supporting document attached?

Yes 
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