The University Network for Climate and Ecosystems Change Adaptation Research (UN-CECAR) was established in 2009 by leading universities in the Asia Pacific region to strengthen the higher education sector to respond effectively to climate and ecosystems change.
Research and education are the main focus of UN-CECAR. The network will bring together all-available resources and expertise across disciplinary lines to work collaboratively to enhance understanding on how climate change is affecting roughly two-thirds of the world's population who live in Asia Pacific region, and advance adaptation research for the design of appropriate policy and development strategies.
The network was conceived out of a round of discussions held during a conference and a 2-day workshop on the 'Role of Higher Education in Adapting to Climate Change' from June 10-12 in Tokyo, organized by United Nations University Institute for Sustainability and Peace (UNU-ISP) and Integrated Research System for Sustainability Science (IR3S).
The overall purpose of UNCECAR is to reduce the Asia-Pacific region's overall vulnerability to the impacts of climate change, and increase local adaptive capacities through the leadership of higher education sector. UNCECAR is targeting higher education institutions as it provides the ultimate source of human capital and knowledge for tomorrow's climate-risk resilient societies.
- collect the knowledge on climate change adaptation accumulated at the international level, and synthesize and customize it to the local level;
- assess existing and emerging climate change-related research and degree programmes in the region;
- identify areas of most need according to students and educators, while also ensuring that market demands for climate-change graduates are also being met;
- initiate and support the development of educational programmes comprising of: joint or dual degree programmes common courses open for credit sharing schemes initiate and support the development of joint research programmes to promote: resource sharing (experimental fields and facilities, modeling and forecasting systems, short-term training, available funds, etc) frameworks and mechanisms for joint research programmes, existing and proposed initiatives, fundraising activities, etc. initiate and support training programs that re-train professionals, specialists, policymakers, educators on emerging climate change issues, science and methodologies;
- create direct links with, and contribute to, existing and emerging international and national processes and international conventions, such as the work of the IPCC, the Bali Roadmap and Nairobi Action Plan, and the various national adaptation plans occurring in each country; create a framework for a regional curricula on climate change adaptation
Team and Contact