Center for Climate Change Adaptation

About us

Background of the Establishment

The Center for Climate Change Adaptation (CCCA) was established on December 1, 2018, coinciding with the effective date of the Climate Change Adaptation Act, as the base for implementing these new tasks and research on climate change adaptation.

The Climate Change Adaptation Act (Act No. 50 of 2018), promulgated in June 2018, stipulates that the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) shall be responsible for collecting, organizing, analyzing, and providing information on climate change impacts and adaptation, as well as providing technical advice to local governments and Local Climate Change Adaptation Centers (LCCACs) on their climate change adaptation efforts.


Missions of CCCA

We contribute to the formulation of climate change adaptation plans and the implementation of adaptation measures by national and local governments and efforts for climate change adaptation by various entities, including businesses and individuals. CCCA plays a central role in collecting, organizing, and analyzing information and promoting climate change impacts and adaptation research.


Key Activities

Development of information platforms

We collect, organize and analyze scientific knowledge and case studies essential for local governments, businesses, individuals, and other entities to take measures against climate change. In addition, we provide such information to the public in an easy-to-use format through the Climate Change Adaptation Information Platform (A-PLAT) to promote adaptation actions.

Furthermore, the CCCA continuously improves and enhances the Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Information Platform (AP-PLAT). AP-PLAT was developed in 2019 to aid developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region with their formulation and implementation of adaptation plans. We facilitate international coordination and cooperation in climate change adaptation through these initiatives.

Support to local governments and LCCACs

The impacts of climate change vary significantly by region, and economic and social environments also vary. Therefore, local efforts are essential to implement effective adaptation measures to avoid and mitigate damage caused by climate change.

We provide the following by providing information via A-PLAT and collaborating with research institutions on climate change to support activities implemented by local governments and LCCACs.

  1. technical advice to prefectures and municipalities on the formulation and promotion of climate change adaptation plans
  2. technical advice to LCCACs
  3. materials, explanations, and opinions at the request of Local Councils on Climate Change Adaptation

Climate Change Adaptation Research Program

To scientifically support initiatives for promoting climate change adaptation made by key players, such as local governments, we conduct the Climate Change Adaptation Research Program, which consists of (1) observation and monitoring of climate change impacts; (2) assessment of climate change impacts; and (3) research on the formulation of climate change adaptation strategies.