Research Center for Climate Change Adaptation
Climate change is a problem apart from the ordinary. It is of a global scale. It touches every life on this planet and affects all cultures and societies, no matter their remoteness. In the face of that challenge the resources of a single group are not enough and partnerships become essential.
As a consequence of recent events, Japan’s perspective in this regard is somewhat unique in Asia. The series of massive earthquakes and tsunamis that struck the north-east coast of the country in 2011 powerfully and indelibly underlined the need to build resilience even in so-called developed nations. The loss of life and damage to the social and the economic foundations of the country are not dissimilar to the effects of climate change and as a result Japan has of necessity begun to actively take on the challenge of resiliency building at both the local and the national scale. This follows a shift around the world from seeing climate change as a problem to be managed with mitigation to one that requires adaptation and capacity building. That is in itself a significant change, but real transformation may need to wait on the development of knowledge and tools to actually take on the job in a direct way. In this light the need to share technology and techniques with other communities has never been clearer and it is with this background in mind that the RCCCA was founded. Our goal is to build some of that knowledge base ourselves, but also to become a bridge between practitioners, scholars, politicians and businessmen, as well as everyday citizens, who are working to transform communities.
Working with partners in the region RCCCA acts as a conduit to the Asia Pacific Adaptation Network (APAN), where it acts formally as a “regional node”. In this capacity its mission can be summarized to four points:
(1) Expand capacity of leadership at local and national level in order to plan and carry out climate change adaptation measures
(2) Carry out projects that bring together local community members with students, researchers and climate change adaptation practitioners and specialists.
(3) Develop new methods and technologies through active participation with students and researchers in the field and in the classroom
(4) Collect and share examples of best practice, and build network of researchers in North East Asia
The RCCCA is organized primarily as a part of the Environmental Innovators Program, and offers opportunity for its students to take part in an international forum supported by the United Nations and both academic and government groups around the world. It is a powerful resource as well as a tool for communicating research projects to the people who can make use of new knowledge. More information can be found at the official website here: http://www.rc3a.org/