19 - 21 October
Dialogue Platform

In several panel discussions and interactive events, we will discuss the different aspects of Anticipatory Action, the role of stakeholder, advocacy opportunities and much more. A mix of high-level panel discussions and smaller, thematic presentations will give everyone the opportunity to learn more about Anticipatory Action and its opportunities and challenges in general, and to inquire about specific aspects or countries that interest you personally.

Virtual Edition

Opening speeches

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In its fifth edition, the Asia Pacific Dialogue Platform will be held under the theme "Anticipatory Action to Meet the Challenges of the Climate Change Crisis". The diversity of participants, who come from or work in different countries in the region and have diverse professional backgrounds, will make for an exciting exchange at all levels. The dialogue platform will be a forum for exchange of experiences, transnational cooperation and personal encounters.

To open this year's Dialogue Platform, we look forward to hearing from the following partners:
-   H.E. Ekkaphab Phanthavong, Deputy Secretary-General (DSG) of ASEAN
-   Davide Zappa,
DG ECHO Regional Office for East, South East Asia and Pacific region, Thematic Expert Disaster Risk Reduction
-   Hon. Gov. Reynolds Michael Tan
, Provincial Government of Samar, Governor's Office – Samar
-   Alexandra Rüth
, GRC HQ, Head of Department, Knowledge & Innovation  and
    Marc Souvignier
, GRC HQ, Head of Department, Operations & National Society Cooperation


Introduction to Gather Town - our virtual online space!

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Mongolian RC video on Dzud EAP activation 2021

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Explore the nomadic lands with Mongolian Red Cross monitoring team and meet pastoral herders, linked to the activation of the Early Action Protocol for dzud.

Mongolia is an East-Asian country with harsh climate and nomadic herders. Due to climate change, the weather pattern and severity of disasters are more dangerous to the livestock and Mongolian herders. Using forecast based risk map, MRCS reaches those who are more exposed and vulnerable to severe winter conditions.

CERF AA Pilots in Nepal and the Philippines

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Provide an overview of Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) Anticipatory Action pilot projects in Nepal and the Phillipines on floods and cyclones respectively.

CERF AA Nepal: The Emergency Relief Coordinator endorsed the anticipatory action framework for Nepal on 2 August, and pre-approved $6.56 million. A readiness trigger for floods was reached on 13 August; however, activation trigger has not reached yet. 
CERF AA Philippines: CERF has allocated $7.5 million for AA pilot in typhoon season 2021/2022.
The CERF AA follows a 2-stage trigger activation: (1) readiness trigger and (2) activation trigger.
More information about CERF AA can be found here:

Get to know the Anticipation Hub!

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Learn more about how the Anticipation Hub is facilitating knowledge exchange, learning, guidance and advocacy around anticipatory action, connecting global and regional Asia-Pacific actors. 

This session will outline how the Anticipation Hub is facilitating knowledge exchange, learning, guidance and advocacy around anticipatory action. We want to hear from regional actors about how we can use the Anticipation Hub's global network of partners across practice, science and policy to meet your national- and local-level needs and to understand your key priorities. 
The marketplace will highlight features of the Anticipation Hub including the global map of anticipatory action projects, databases of early actions and evidence and working groups. Participants will have the opportunity to provide feedback and input to steer the growth of the Anticipation Hub to meet their needs via an interactive tool.

Last Mile Climate Services

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The role of climate services in strenghtening resilience? Join this marketplace to learn how WFP and partners are working to increase access to climate services by vulnerable communities

Although countries might have weather and climate information at national level, this information is not always readily available to vulnerable communities who need it the most. WFP and partners has been working on strengthening access to information and tailored advisories in several countries empowering them to better manage climate variability and risk from extreme weather events. Providing timely, easy-to-access and understand information enables communities to be better prepared to manage and mitigate impacts from different hazards. 

Good Practices on Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Risk Mitigation in Anticipatory Action Approaches

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Climate-related hazards create chronic and acute stressors which exacerbate pre-existing gender-based violence (GBV) risk factors for women and girls but anticipatory humanitarian action can make a huge difference in reducing these risks of GBV given the recommendations outlined in the IASC Guidelines on Integrating Gender-Based Violence Interventions in Humanitarian Action ( and emerging good practices from anticipatory action implementation. 

Climate change is increasing the frequency and severity of climate hazards, which in turn erodes coping capacities of affected communities and increases the risk of gender-based violence (GBV) to women and girls, especially those with overlapping vulnerabilities and intersecting identities, such as women and girls with disabilities and those from ethnic minorities. Anticipatory humanitarian action offers a powerful opportunity to prevent and mitigate GBV and strengthens the capacity of women and girls to better cope with recurring hazards and shocks. Humanitarian actors need to take deliberate actions to identify GBV risks in anticipatory action plans and articulate risk mitigation measures. 

Myanmar Red Cross Society FbA Journey

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MRCS Anticipation Journey: towards an effective and adapted anticipatory humanitarian system in Myanmar. Join the marketplace to get a hint on how MRCS's activities and experiences in communities will contribute to develop an effective and adapted anticipatory humanitarian system in Myanmar.

Since 2019, MRCS has conducted different studies involving relevant partners and Institutions, to increase their understanding on anticipation and have a joint approach towards an FbA system in country. Subsequently, MRCS carried out awareness sessions to Branches of Yangon and Mandalay, the largest urban areas of the country. This enabled to spread the message of FbA/Anticipation among Branches key-staff and volunteers, capture their perspective, identify urban hazards, capacities, coordination mechanism in place and entry points of anticipation in urban communities. With these activities, MRCS is mainstreaming FbA Anticipation in country and continues efforts towards building an anticipatory system in Myanmar.
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Thematic sessions

Bangladesh EAP Impact Evaluation

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Join to learn about the effectiveness of early actions for floods and cyclones in Bangladesh. Findings from recent impact evaluations, quantitative and qualitative, will be showcased and discussed.

The Bangladesh Red Crescent Society (BDRCS) activated its Early Action Protocols (EAP) for floods and cyclones in 2020 and carried out an extensive impact evaluation looking at the effectiveness and appropriateness of the selected early actions that were implemented ahead of the monsoon floods and cyclone Amphan. The session also looks at evaluation done under the SUFAL consortium and by WFP Bangladesh. 

Philippines Flood Early Action Simulation

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Joint SimEx on Flood risk in Camarines Sur. BackGround. Results. Findings. Next Steps.

Providing information for a simulation of Flood early action in the municipality of Libmanan: Brgy. Malbogon (anticipatory cash), Brgy. Cuyapi (early harvesting of fish), Brgy. Inalahan (anticipatory cash & early harvesting of fish). This scenario was designed to examine and test the coordination between several actions in anticipation of an extreme flood event, and to assess the feasibility of the pre-identified EA in given short lead time. This simulation test edthe EA coordination between government offices from different national line agencies, local government units, and humanitarian actors.

Community Engagement in AA – towards further resilience in Asia

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Anticipatory actions that are co-designed, tested and improved collectively with at-risk communities builds up local capacity and coping mechanisms to respond. The panelists, implementing AA and DRF initiatives across Asia, will discuss with other CSO participants how community engagement should be part of the building blocks of AA and DRF systems. 

AA and DRF Systems can present opportunities for greater community engagement, transparency and overall accountability, in particular when compared with more conventional humanitarian responses. It is important that the aims of community (and other stakeholder) engagement are understood by all involved. Identifying the decisions that communities need to take, and the types of data needed for these, will provide focus to when and how community engagement should happen. Putting people at the center of anticipatory actions is critical in ensuring meaningful participation, ownership and sustainability of anticipatory strategies. 

Re-thinking AA in the context of climate change

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The session will discuss rethinking Anticipatory Actions, not just to address the current risk associated with extreme events, but also to consider the anticipated changing risks of extreme events associated with climate change

The thresholds used for triggering Anticipatory Actions are likely to be reached more frequently in the future climate change scenarios, due to increased intensity of extreme events. The Anticipatory Actions need to be designed in such a way that the impacts of extreme events are addressed effectively in the short term, as well as this will enable to cope up with future risk associated with the impact of climate change on extreme events. The session will discuss the strategies and way forward on rethinking Anticipatory Actions in the Climate Change context.
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