Greeting from the Director of CCCA

DirectorYasuaki HIJIOKA

The "Center for Climate Change Adaptation (CCCA)" was established in conjunction with the enforcement of the "Climate Change Adaptation Act" on December 1, 2018. It will celebrate its 5th anniversary in 2023.

The "Climate Change Adaptation Act" is comprised of four pillars: comprehensive promotion of adaptation, development of information infrastructure, strengthening of adaptation at the local level, and international expansion of adaptation efforts.

Under this act, the role of the National Institute for Environmental Studies includes the collection, organization, analysis, and provision of information on climate change impacts and adaptation, technical advice and assistance to prefectures and municipalities on the formulation and promotion of local climate change adaptation plans, and technical advice and assistance to local climate change adaptation centers (LCCCAs). Moreover, under a close collaboration among related research institutions, with the CCCA as the core, comprehensive efforts are made to promote technical assistance for adaptation by the national and local government, businesses, and the general public, as well as to advance research on climate change adaptation.

In the 5th the Mid-and-Long Term Plan, the " Office for Climate Change Adaptation Promotion " is collaborating with four other research laboratories to provide technical assistance, dispatch lecturers, strengthen and enhance the Climate Change Adaptation Information Platform (A-PLAT), engage in exchanges of opinions and hold training sessions with local governments and LCCACs, businesses, and others. Additionally, the "Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Research Section," established in April 2021, is working to build partnerships with relevant institutions in the Asia-Pacific region and expand and operate the Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Information Platform (AP-PLAT).

Regarding climate change adaptation research, the " Climate Change Impacts Monitoring Research Section" aims to detect climate change impacts from the past to the present and elucidate their mechanisms. The " Climate Change Impacts Assessment Research Section" focuses on advancing evaluation methodologies for climate change impacts in multiple fields and spatial scales. The " Climate Change Adaptation Strategy Research Section" scientifically supports the development and strengthening of adaptation strategies considering social dynamics and regional characteristics. These three sections serve as the core for strategic research programs such as the "Climate Change Adaptation Research Program" and engage in collaborative research with LCCACs focusing on climate change adaptation, as well as intellectual research infrastructure development projects.

Climate change adaptation is a preparation for an uncertain future. Implementing climate change adaptation in society is not easy. However, with a mission to achieve a sustainable future that overcomes climate risks, we are committed to moving forward without pause, exploring the path of adaptation with passion.