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Climate Change Vulnerabilities, Social Impacts, and Education for Autonomous Adaptation

Southeast Asia is one of the world’s most vulnerable regions to climate change, due to its long coastlines, high concentration of population and economic activity in coastal areas, and heavy reliance on agriculture, fisheries, forestry, and other natural resources. Climate hazards such as temperature increase, erratic rainfall patterns, and extreme climatic events (such as strong typhoons and severe droughts) cause adverse effects and impacts on ecosystems’ livelihoods and on many other aspects of human societies. In particular, climate change threatens agricultural production and indirectly food security, ecological stability, and sustainable development.

Climate variability and change present many risks to the well-being of the populations of the Association of Southeast Asia Nations (ASEAN). The vulnerability, capacity, and adaptation assessments conducted at provincial to national scales are designed to provide information to decision-and policymakers on the risks of climate variability, and on the options for managing those risks.

Conducting an integrated assessment is an essential input in developing national adaptation plans. Additionally, ensuring that climate change scenarios are integrated into national policies and programs will prepare stakeholders for and manage the risks of climate variability and climate change.


The main objective of the event is to strengthen the capacity of officials from ASEAN member states on climate change vulnerability assessment and the implementation of successful autonomous and planned adaptation measures.

Expected Outputs:

Expected outputs from the three-day event are:

  • The participants from ASEAN member states acquire knowledge on vulnerability assessment and adaptation at national and local scales;
  • The participants discussed and shared lessons learned and experiences on vulnerability assessment and autonomous adaptation; and
  • Practical learning and knowledge acquisition through field visits in vulnerable areas in Cambodia, where successful local adaptation measures are

Event Details

  • Date: 12 - 14 September 2022
  • Venue: Siem Reap, Cambodia | Hybrid Workshop


Day 1: Monday, 12 September 2022

08:30 AM – 09:00 AM


09:00 AM – 09:30 AM

Welcoming Remarks

  • Koji Hachiyama, Chief Operating Officer (COO), Economic Research Institute of ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA)
  • Chair ASEAN Working Group on Climate Change (AWGCC) (TBI)

Opening Remarks

  • HE Tin Ponlok, Secretary of State, the Ministry of Environment, the Royal Government of Cambodia

Group Photo

10.15 AM – 10.30 AM

Coffee break


Session 1: Climate change vulnerability, risks, and planning tools

Session Chair: Chair AWGCC/ Senior Official of MOE (Mao Hak)

10:30 AM – 11:10 AM

Climate change and resilient ASEAN

  • Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Director of Research Strategy and Innovation, ERIA
11:00 AM – 12:00 AM

Climate vulnerability assessment using an early warning system, Planning Tools, and Models

  • Charles Rodgers
12:00 AM - 13:00 AMLunch Break 

Session 2: Socio economic implications of climate vulnerability and framework conditions for adaptation planning

Session Chair: Jeremy Gross, Director of Capacity Building, ERIA

1:30 PM - 2:30 PM 

Integrated assessment of the distributional social impacts of climate change among the most vulnerable

  • Meinhard Breiling, TU Wien, Austria
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM 

Climate change challenges, disaster risks, and successful adaptation measures through standards and infrastructure design

  • Makota Ikeda, Asian Disaster Reduction Center (ADRC), Japan

  • Thawatchai Palakhamarn, Thailand Science Research and Innovation (TSRI)

3:30 PM - 3:45 PMCoffee Break

Session 3: Hands-on demonstration and training on climate vulnerability assessment

Moderator: Meinhard Breiling, University of Vienna

3:45 PM - 5:00 PM


  • Meinhard Breiling
  • Makota Ikeda
  • Thawatchai Palakhamarn
  • Suresh Babu
  • Hyeon Tae Kim
 Wrap-up and announcements
6:30 PM

Networking Dinner 


Day 2: Tuesday, 13 September 2022
08:30 AM - 08:45 AMResgitration
08:45 AM - 09:00 AM

Recap of Day 1

  • Venkatachalam Anbumozhi, Director of Research Strategy and Innovation, ERIA

Session 4: Successful climate change adaptation strategies and policies in vulnerable areas

Session Chair: Eiji Yamaji, University of Tokyo

09:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Institutional development in the context of autonomous adaptation to climate change at the national and regional level

  • Suresh Babu, International Food Policy Research Institute (IPFRI)
10:00 AM - 10:30 AM 

Modernizing infrastructure in the context of climate change vulnerability and adaptation

  • Hyeon Tae Kim, Gyeongsang National University, Republic of Korea
10:30 AM - 10:45 AM  Discussion Forum
10:45 AM - 11:00 AM  Coffee Break

Session 5: An action plan for policymakers and planners to reduce risk Impacts, enhance autonomous adaptation

Session Chair: Suresh Babu, IFRI

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM

Strengthening climate change and disaster management information database for risk assessment and building adaption Roadmaps: Case of Viet Nam

  • Lại Văn Mạnh, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Viet Nam
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM

Strengthening climate and disaster information database for risk assessment and building Adaptation Road maps: Case of Lao PDR

  • Sonephet Phosalath, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Lao PDR

  • Changseng Phongpachith, Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry, Lao PDR
12:00 PM - 12:15 PM Discussion Forum
12:15 PM - 1:15 PM  Lunch break
1:15 PM - 1:45 PM

Mainstreaming climate change adaptation and enhancing adaptive capacity: opportunities for educational innovation and experimentation

  • Eiji Yamaji, University of Tokyo
1:45 PM - 2:00 PM Discussion Forum

Session 6: Mainstreaming climate change Vulnerability and adaptation into sectoral planning

Session Chair: Meinhard Breiling, University of Vienna

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM

Costing tools, budgeting frameworks and international support mechanisms for adaptations to climate change

  • Jacob Kumaresan, WHO
3:00 PM - 3:30 PMDiscussion Forum
3:30 PM - 3:45 PMCoffee Break
3:45 PM - 5:30 PM

Peer-to-peer learning in the development of climate change adaptation roadmaps


  • Eiji YAMAJI
  • Hyeon Tae Kim
  • Jacob Kumaresan
  • Meinhard Breiling
  • Suresh Babu
5:30 PM - 5:45 PM

Presentation of the results of Group Discussions and Reflections of the workshop

5:45 PM - 6:00 PM

Closing Remarks

  • H.E. Dr. Vann Monyneath, Director General of Policy & Strategy


Passcode: 136096

Starting Date

12 September 2022

End Date

14 September 2022




Siam Reap, Cambodia

Contact Info

Ms Abigail Balthazar

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