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The second day of the Asia Pacific Adaptation Forum started with Sri Lanka Presidential Environmental Awards 2016 ceremony and a performance of a traditional dance in Sri Lanka:

Sri Lankan president President Maithripala Sirisena addressed the audience about the importance of addressing climate change for sustainable development:


After the morning ceremonies, parallel sessions were held on different adaptation topics addressing issues such as loss and damage, gender, finance, etc.



After two days of sessions on adaptation, we have been informed about the many success stories of adaptation throughout Asia. We have also learned about best practices and challenges countries are facing in terms of climate change adaptation. However, there seems to be a lot of questions about how countries will address urgent and important adaptation issues: will the Asia Pacific region be able to work together in building resilience, addressing losses and damages, ensuring gender and children participation, and finding enough climate finance?

As #APAN2016 comes to its last day, country representatives, governments, and civil society must ensure concrete actions will be taken. We are also a few weeks away from COP 22 Marrakech, where developing countries are expected to bring adaptation into the table. As was said earlier in this forum, we cannot solve climate change while people suffer.

About Renee Juliene Karunungan

Renee, from the Philippines, is currently Climate Tracker's Outreach Manager. She was a Climate Tracker fellow and was named by The Guardian as one of the "Young Climate Campaigners to Watch Before the UN Paris Summit" in 2015.