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     Support for JICA Training Program gAdaptation to Climate Changeh
@ JICA Tsukubafs training and dialogue program on gAdaptation to Climate Changeh which Infrastructure Development Institute-Japan (IDI) supported its implementation was held for 4 weeks from September 30th, 2012. This training course is three-year plan and aims to formulate or improve policy/measures on adaptation to Climate Change. This is the second year of the program and 12 participants from 9 countries (Thailand, Mongolia, Samoa, Dominica, Honduras, Colombia, Tunisia, Ethiopia, and Mauritania) took part in the course.
 This course consists of classroom lectures in the first half and field lectures in the second half. In the first half, participants got lectured on the possible impacts of Climate Change on Japan and other countries as well as the adaptation measures by lecturers from Ministry of the Environment, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism, United Nations University, Tohoku University, Ibaraki University, and Forestry and Forest Products Research Institute.

Field trip to Kizu River Integrated Dam Management Office
In the field lectures, they visited Arid Land Research Center at Tottori University, Toyooka River and National Highway Office, Rokko Sabo Office, and Kizu River Integrated Dam Management Office. In Toyooka River and National Highway Office, participants learned both non-structural and structural technologies on flood control measures introduced to the Maruyama River. In Kizu River Integrated Dam Management Office, they deepened understanding of the collaborative operation and efficient use of existing dams. Furthermore, considering the importance of not only adaptation measures but also mitigation measures, they visited Bio-Power KatsutaiBiomassjand Hitachi Co. Ltd. (Wind Power/Water Resources) to study the latest technologies on the field of renewable energy. Because the studies in the field were related closely to the contents of the classroom lectures and because it was possible for the participants to see practical cases showing how to adapt measures, it turned out to create high degree of satisfaction among the participants.
 In order to improve effects of the training course through cooperation and information exchange with ex-participants, in this year, a video conference was held between present participants and a previous participant from Tunisia. In the video conference, the previous participant reported what had been obstacles to implement his action plan and how he had overcome them and participants exchanged opinions.
As a consequence, the course program was evaluated very high and it is considered that participants effectively understood Japanese policies, technologies, and practical cases on adaptation to Climate Change. After this course, it is expected participants will share, review, and implement their action plans in their own organizations.
Field trip to Rokko Sabo Office Closing Ceremony