Southeast Asia Regional Resilience Dialogue

Transformational opportunities to scale up adaptation and resilience


Southeast Regional Resilience Dialogue Programme
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Outcome Document

Southeast Asia Regional Resilience Dialogue Outcome Document


Real ambition is needed to scale up investments in adaptation and resilience. Climate change is one of the greatest development challenges faced by countries in Southeast Asia and East Asia regionProlonged heat waves, coastal sea-level rise, changes in rainfall patterns, and increases in the intensity and frequency of extreme weather events are already affecting the lives, livelihoods and wellbeing of millions of people, especially poor and vulnerable people, and could affect migration dynamics, and the potential for conflicts in the future.

A whole of society approach is needed to bring in transformational change and scale up adaptation and resilience. Governments in the region are in different stages of putting in place a wide range of policies and programs to build resilience, including initiatives on climate smart agriculture, resilient infrastructure, adaptive social protection, and disaster risk financing. Nonparty stakeholders (NPS), including the private sector, businesses, academic institutions and civil society organizations are increasingly undertaking initiatives to manage risk and identify opportunities for building resilience. Grassroots driven solutions and partnerships deserve special mention as they offer practical solutions to address some of the systemic barriers.  Such solutions have been highlighted in the recent COVID-19 crisis, where organized communities have been playing a critical role in spreading awareness; caregiving; and devising innovative solutions to minimize impact on livelihoods. Partnerships between government and NPS will be critical to bring in the required transformational changes needed to scale up adaptation and resilience. 

Regional dialogue on adaptation and resilience with nonparty stakeholders. It is in this context of increasing ambition for adaptation and resilience, that a regional dialogue is being organized with NPS active in Southeast and East Asia Region. The proposed dialogue is part of a wider series of dialogues being organized by the Global Resilience Partnership and Climate Resilience Network of the Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action (MPGCA) with the support of the Chile and UK High Level Champions (HLCs), Gonzalo Muñoz and Nigel Topping. The dialogue will highlight the resilience needs and priorities of the NPS, especially the poor and marginalized population; and identify strategies for strengthening partnerships between NPS and government to collectively scale up implementation of adaptation and resilience measures. 

Overview of Speakers (full agenda is included in the programme above)

Panel 1: Local Voices: Local actions on adaptation and climate resilience

  • Roniatun, Yakkum Emergency Unit, Indonesia
  • Sothearith Siyonn, ActionAid, Cambodia
  • Ita Natalia, Samdhana Institute, Indonesia
  • Somsak Boonkam, Local Alike, Thailand
  • Hon. Romeo K Salda, Mayor, Municipality of La Trinidad, the Philippines

Panel 2: Regional Perspectives: Taking local actions to scale

  • Albert Salamanca, Senior Research Fellow and Cluster Lead on Climate Change, Disasters and Development, Stockholm Environment Institute
  • Suranjana Gupta, Advisor, Community Resilience, Huairou Commission
  • Imelda Bacudo, Coordinator, ASEAN Climate Resilience Network
  • Khan Ram-Indra, Director, Asia, The Rockefeller Foundation
  • Preety Bhandari, Chief of Climate Change and Disaster Risk Management, Asian Development Bank

Objectives of the Regional Dialogue

  • Share experiences, especially local experiences on adaptation and building resilience. 
  • Identify concrete strategies that could help bring in transformational changes in current systems to deliver adaptation and resilience at scale.
  • Recommend actions that can be undertaken by the High Level Champions to support adaptation and resilience.

Series & Organisers

This dialogue is part of a wider series of dialogues being convened by the Global Resilience Partnership together with Climate Resilience Network of the UNFCCC Marrakech Partnership for Global Climate Action (MPGCA) with the support of the Chile and UK High Level Champions (HLCs), Gonzalo Muñoz and Nigel Topping.

The Southeast Asia Regional Resilience Dialogue is co-led by: ADB and Huairou Commission 
Supporting organisations include: ASEAN Climate Resilience Network, Asia Pacific Adaptation Network, CGIAR Research Programme on Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security (CGIAR / CCAFS), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO)Stockholm Environment Institute (SEI) AsiaUN Environment ProgrammeWorld Resource Institute (WRI) / Global Commission on Adaptation

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