Source: UNESCAP, Reliefweb
UNESCAP (The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific) just released the working paper "Digital technologies for climate change adaptation in Asia and the Pacific", which addresses different case studies worldwide in the use of digital technologies for climate adaptation.
The author Cristina Bernal Aparicio is an individual contractor and Siope Vakataki ‘Ofa is an Economic Affairs Officer at the Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division (IDD), United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP).
The original PDF can be downloaded here.
Despite this urgency to adapt to the changing climate and the promising solutions that digital technologies offer, the interlinkages between the two sectors at the policy level are not clear. In fact, while significant contributions of digital technologies to mitigate climate change have been widely applied across the region, fewer examples can be found for climate adaptation. Comprehensive evaluations of key enablers for using digital technologies to adapt to climate change remain scarce.
This working paper addresses this gap by assessing the key enablers and commonalities between different case studies worldwide in the use of digital technologies for climate adaptation. Based on the assessment results, policy recommendations for the advancement of climate adaptation in Asia-Pacific countries, particularly CSNs, are provided.
The findings from this working paper raise important messages for future research around the interlinkages between the lack of access and adoption of digital technologies and climate adaptation and vulnerability in CSNs from the region. It also brings to attention the need for the creation of a platform to facilitate technology transfer to more vulnerable and least developed countries.
Clyde William Fraisse, Professor and Extension Specialist from the Agricultural and Biological Engineering Department at the University of Florida is acknowledged for providing information for one of the case studies selected for this research. The manuscript was edited by Christine Apikul. The graphic design and layout were prepared by Dong Xiao and Yin Qi. Administrative support on the issuance of the working paper was provided by Tarnkamon Chantarawat and Sakollerd Limkriangkrai.
Please cite this paper as: Bernal Aparicio, C. and Ofa, S.V. (2021). Digital technologies for climate change adaptation in Asia and the Pacific. United Nations ESCAP, Information and Communications Technology and Disaster Risk Reduction Division, December 2021. Bangkok.
Available at: http://www.unescap.org/kp
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The Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) is the most inclusive intergovernmental platform in the Asia-Pacific region. The Commission promotes cooperation among its 53 member States and 9 associate members in pursuit of solutions to sustainable development challenges. ESCAP is one of the five regional commissions of the United Nations.
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