Session 8 – “Climate Change Adaptation and Capacity Development” Part I

At the international level, there is a widespread recognition of the key role of capacity building for successful climate change adaptation and mitigation process. Capacity Building is explicitly mentioned within several UNFCCC instruments, including Article 11 of the Paris Agreement. Yet, despite the popularity of the concept, relatively little knowledge and information is available that clearly demonstrates the value, challenges and needs of effective and sustainable capacity development for climate change, especially in developing countries.

Therefore, this session brings together experts, stakeholders and scientist to discuss different aspects of capacity building for climate change considering the personal, technical and institutional capacities with focus on capacity building challenges in developing countries and in the most vulnerable regions to natural disasters.

Keywords: Capacity building for climate change mitigation and adaptation, natural resources management


  • Address gaps and needs in implementing capacity-building for climate change in developing countries
  • Discuss the role of research communities and universities in supporting capacity development
  • Share experience and present practice examples of successful capacity building activities
  • Discuss future opportunities and challenges in the context of the Paris negotiation text
  • Discuss demand-oriented capacity development considering specific regional requirements and conditions at country, community and district levels
  • Look for ways to enhance the exchange and sharing of information, the coordination and the harmonization of climate capacity building at the regional level

Session Plan

The session topic is introduced by a thematic keynote speech on general aspects of capacity development for climate change including the  requirements and recommendations of the  Coalition on Paris Agreement Capacity Building. Furthermore, the session will cover the aspects of capacity development with focus on the key topic areas mention above (keynote, presentations: ten-minute slot followed by five-minute discussion each). The session finalizes with a discussion summarizing the first recommendations for successful climate change capacity development and addressing further challenges and needs.

Moderation: Lars Ribbe

Thematic Keynote

Saleemul Huq | ICCCAD, Independent University, Bangladesh

Oral Presentations

Swatuk, Larry | University of Waterloo, Canada
Countering the Boomerang Effect: Examining Climate Change Mitigation/Adaptation Pathways to Security in South Africa (143)

Wirkus, Lars | Bonn International Centre for Conversion, Germany
The Boomerang Effect – Theorizing the Negative Consequences of Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation Policies (144)

Nasir, Naznin | International Centre for Climate Change and Development, Bangladesh
Role of Universities in Building Long-term Climate Capacity (293)

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

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    Room: Köln

    Organized by International Center for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Independent University Bangladesh (IUB)

International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD)

Organizing Institution

Organizer: Dr. Saleemul Huq

Saleemul Huq

Keynote Speaker

Director of the International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD) at Independent University Bangladesh

Event Timeslots (1)

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Room: Köln

Organized by International Center for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), Independent University Bangladesh (IUB)