The Asia Climate Experts (ACE) network provides a platform for select scientific individuals and groups working in common on climate science and the impacts of climate change on long-term development strategies in the region. These development strategies focus on food security, agriculture, peatland conservation, land-use, biodiversity, climatology, and capacity building. 

In September 2019, a group of scientists from Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam, shared their expertise on agriculture and biodiversity, including national and community-level assessment of climate impacts and implications of increasing greenhouse gas emissions, at a side-event held during the Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand.


Past Events

You(th) in Capacity-building
06 July 2021, 17:00-18:00 Japan time (16:00-17:00 PHT)

The Paris Committee on Capacity-building hosted a side event in the Asia Pacific Climate Week to tackle the role of the youth in supporting the implementation of NDCs and national development plans. The session featured ACE founding members Dr. Mahawan Karuniasa and Ms. Lourdes Tibig, alongside speakers from the International Youth Climate Movement, SLYCAN Trust, International Centre for Climate Change and Development (ICCCAD), and the governments of Pakistan and Indonesia. 

COP26 Catalyst for Climate Action Assembly
06 July 2021, 15:00-16:30 Japan time (14:00-15:30 PHT)

This event is hosted by the United Kingdom in its role as the incoming COP26 Presidency in the 2021 Asia Pacific Climate Week. The opening plenary, which discussed capacity building challenges and positive experiences across the Asia-Pacific region, featured ACE founding member Dr. Gusti Zakaria Anshari. Visit for more details.

Nature Based Solutions for the Implementation of NDC and NAP in Developing Countries
29 September 2020

An international conference hosted by the APIK Indonesia Network (Indonesia Expert Network for Climate Change and Forestry) that featured climate scientists across Asia, as well as COP26 and UN climate representatives and their call to urgently address climate change in developing countries amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Among the speakers were ACE founding members Dr. Mahawan Karuniasa, Lourdes Tibig, and Dr. Felino Lansigan.

Southeast Asian Resilience in Agriculture and Biodiversity
3 September 2019, Bangkok, Thailand

ICSC participated in the Asia-Pacific Climate Week 2019 last 2-6 September 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand to further engage in climate action discussions and initiatives in the region. This side event was held on 3 September 2019, and featured scientists from Indonesia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam.

Founding Members

Gusti Zakaria Anshari

IPCC Author (recent contribution on the Working group II to the 6th Assessment Report (AR6)—Chapter 2: Terrestrial and freshwater ecosystems and their services); Universitas Tanjungpura, Indonesia

Felino P. Lansigan

IPCC Author (Working group II to the 2014 5th Assessment Report (AR5)—Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerability); Professor Emeritus, University of the Philippines Los Baños; Member of the National Panel of Technical Experts of the Climate Change Commission of the Philippines; Climate Adaptation Advisor, ICSC

Mahawan Karuniasa

Chairman, Indonesia Expert Network for Climate Change and Forestry (APIKI); Paris Committee for Capacity Building (PCCB) member and Lead of the Working group 4

Ir. Sabaruddin

University of Sriwijaya, South Sumatra; Indonesia Expert Network for Climate Change and Forestry (APIKI)

Lourdes V. Tibig

IPCC Author (recent contribution on the Special Report on Oceans and the Cryosphere); Member of the National Panel of Technical Experts of the Climate Change Commission of the Philippines; Climate Science Advisor, ICSC

Duangporn Vithoonjit

Agronomist, Rice Research Center, Chai Nat, Thailand

Huỳnh Quang Tín

Head of Department and Senior Lecturer, Department of Plant Breeding and Plant Genetic Resources Conservation, Mekong Delta Development Research Institute, Can Tho University, Viet Nam