Adapting to Climate Change in China

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Adapting to Climate Change in China. Northwest: Desertification (higher evaporation). North and northeast: Increased water scarcity. Coastal regions: Typhoons, storm surge and long-term inundation. Tibetan Plateau: Change in river flows / melting glaciers. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Adapting to Climate Change in China

  • Tibetan Plateau: Change in river flows / melting glaciersSouthern China: Increase in flood frequency and magnitude; northwards spread of tropical disease vectorsNorthwest: Desertification (higher evaporation)North and northeast: Increased water scarcityCoastal regions: Typhoons, storm surge and long-term inundation

  • 1995 - National Climate Centre in China Met Office established1998 - policy shift from scientific issue to development issue1999 - established climate coordination group2001 to 2005, 10th 5 Year National R&D project on Assessing the Impacts of Climate Change on Chinese Key Vulnerable Sectors and Adaptation. 2004- first national communication to UNFCCC2006 - first-ever National Assessment Report on Climate Change (NARCC). 2006 - climate change coordination group housed at NDRC2007 - establishment of provincial co- ordination groups2008 - State Council Information Office published the first annual white paper, entitled China's Policies and Actions for Addressing Climate Change 2008 (CPAACC) - prepared by NDRC 2009 - Jiangxi and Xiamen establish climate change monitoring/assessment centres2011 - second National Assessment Report on Climate Change (NARCC).2011 - White paper on Foreign Aid, 2011- Coping with Climate Change2011 - 12th 5 Year Plan (5YP) including a chapter on climate change and specific section on adaptation for the first time;mandating the development of a National Adaptation Strategy (NAS).

    Timeline: Policy, Strategies, and Planning

  • Formulating/Operationalizing Policy National Government

  • Lack of regional climate modelsLimited access to climate dataKnowledge gaps for sector-specific impactsNo coherent framework for doing climate vulnerability and risk assessments, and adaptation planningLimited collaboration among institutions/sectorsWorking across disciplines without shared glossary

    Ongoing Challenges

  • ACCC is major China UK Swiss climate change adaptation project which aims to:Develop accurate regional/national climate modelsIntegrate physical and social science to improve impacts, vulnerability and risk assessment in: AgricultureWater resourcesExtreme weather / disaster risk reductionPublic healthGrasslands-livestockIncorporate planned adaptation into national and provincial development processesContribute to global knowledge on climate impacts and adaptation especially in developing countries.

    Adapting to Climate Change in China (ACCC) Sharing Knowledge Globally

  • ACCC is major China UK Swiss climate change adaptation project which aims to support Chinas national and provincial response to climate impacts through:Provision of robust impact assessment dataMethods for Assessing Risk and VulnerabilityPromoting understanding and managing risk in development planningBuilding awareness and capacitySharing this knowledge and experience globally

    Adapting to Climate Change in China (ACCC) Sharing Knowledge Globally

  • Adapting to Climate Change in China (ACCC) has contributed & supported:filling the global knowledge gap on approaches for reducing vulnerability to climate impacts through submissions to the IPCC SREX report, AR5 and international academic journals. the formulation and drafting of Chinas National Adaptation Strategy (due to be submitted to State Council October 2012 and ratified in March 2013).the development of global climate policy on adaptation through participation and submission of research findings and policy recommendations at Rio+20, Nairobi Work Programme (inc. Focal Point Session COP17, Water technical meeting in Mexico), UNFCCC Losses & Damages Expert Working Group under SBI and Asia Adaptation Platform meeting. the development of a robust evidence base for building large scale South-South projects on climate change adaption through a major scoping study in 10 target countries in Africa, Asia and the SIDS

    Contributing to Global Climate Policy and Knowledge

  • Pilot ProvincesNingXiaInner MongoliaGuangdong

  • ACCC Adaptation FrameworkKey Sectors:AgricultureWaterGrasslandsHealthDRR

    Integration:Physical and socio-economic dimensions Stakeholder Engagement

  • Focus Areas:AgricultureWaterForestCoastal AreasHealthEcosystemsInfrastructure and Energy Security National Adaptation Strategy (NAS)Priority Areas:Capacity BuildingLegislationPlanningWarning SystemsNatural Disaster Prevention and International Co-operation

  • ACCC Project: Facilitates and Enables NASDesign provincial adaptation plans options CAAS and CRCPP have been appointed by NDRC to draft Chinas Climate Change Adaptation Mid-to-Long Term StrategyProvincial-level teams contributed to 12th five-year plan

  • International Sharing

  • ACCC in Numbers10 countries in the South-South Scoping Study7+ contributing Authors on the IPCC SREX 6 UN and multilateral initiatives that ACCC is active withinX Journal Articles published on ACCC workX Capacity Building activities delivered3 Regionally Downscaled Climate Models3 Provincial *Insert the stage*1 National Adaptation Strategy

  • Thank You!

    *This map shows why adaptation in China will be so important highlights the main predicted impacts of climate change in different regions of China.**********


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