IWMI is part of the 5th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum took place in Colombo, Sri Lanka, October 17-19, 2016.

This forum is the flagship event of the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN). It brings together policy makers, scientists, donors, youth and representative from around the world. The theme for 2016, “Adapting and living below 2°C: Bridging gaps in policy and practice”, explores platforms and concrete pathways for even greater partnerships by governments, civil society and business. This year’s forum was attended by participants from over 50 countries and representatives from 25 governments and over 120 NGOs. The Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment of Sri Lanka was the Forum host for the year 2016. The 5th APAN forum also functioned as the key stone event of Sri Lanka NEXT: A Blue-Green Era programme.

Jeremy speaking at the panel discussions held yesterday
Jeremy speaking at the panel discussions (Photos: Samurdhi Ranasinghe)

IWMI DG Jeremy Bird was a speaker at three of of the panel discussions at the forum: i) Experiences in adapting to climate change in South Asia and ii) Resilience Infrastructure and iii) Climate Resilient Development. IWMI also had a publications booth at the forum.