Southeast Asia Climate Outlook Survey 2020: Results and Analysis


About the Webinar

Southeast Asia is one of the most highly threatened regions in the world when it comes to climate change impacts, such as the increased intensity of extreme weather and its implications on food security. The Asian Development Bank has also found that the region is more vulnerable to climate change-induced economic losses than most other parts of the world. As the need for climate action grows ever urgent, it is imperative to gain a clearer understanding of climate change views. The Southeast Asia Climate Outlook 2020 Survey, conducted by the Climate Change in Southeast Asia Programme at the ISEAS-Yusof Ishak Institute, is the first in this region to examine the overall attitudes and perceptions regarding various climate issues, including climate change impacts, mitigation, adaptation and the transition to low-carbon economies. The survey, which was conducted online, successfully drew over 500 respondents of different backgrounds from all ten ASEAN member states. In this webinar, the results of the Southeast Asia Climate Outlook 2020 Survey and their implications for climate policy in Southeast Asia will be discussed.

About the Speakers

Professor Jeff Obbard holds a PhD in Environmental Science and a BSc (Hons) in Ecology (1st Class with distinction) from the UK. His doctorate focused on carbon sequestration and greenhouse gas flux between terrestrial and atmospheric systems. Jeff spent 17 years at the Faculty of Engineering, National University of Singapore (NUS) as Director of the Sustainable Development & Water Alliance (SDWA) and Research Director at the Tropical Marine Science Institute (TMSI). He also held a joint appointment with the Agency for Science Technology & Research (A*STAR) as the Principal Scientist of its Bioenergy Programme. Jeff also served as the Vice President for Science & Technology on a Royal Dutch Shell Petroleum project in Hawaii on renewable biofuels and carbon capture and as Professor & Director of the Environmental Science Centre at Qatar University, where he led marine research & conservation projects. At NUS, he led a team that received the UN Mondialogo Engineering Award for Sustainable Development. Jeff has worked in Hong Kong, Singapore and the UK as a private-sector environmental consultant, and conducted projects throughout Southeast Asia, China and India. He is currently a Visiting Professor to the School of Water, Energy & Environment at Cranfield University, and recently founded the climate and sustainability consultancy company Living Planet in Singapore. He is an Expert Reviewer to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, Climate Change Advisor to the National Youth Council in Singapore, and an Environmental Expert to the Ministry of Trade & Industry’s Intellectual Property Intermediary (IPI) in Singapore. His passion is climate change science and mitigation, including negative carbon emission technologies and nature-based solutions for carbon capture. He is a regular speaker on the climate change circuit.

Melissa Low is a Research Fellow at the Energy Studies Institute, NUS. She has participated in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Conference of Parties (COP) for over a decade and is an active sustainability thought leader, authoring, publishing and presenting at various forums. She is the Designated Contact Point for NUS’s accreditation to the UNFCCC and serves on the nine-member Steering Committee of the Research and Independent Non-Governmental Organisation (RINGO) Constituency under the UNFCCC. Melissa provides policy analyses and conducts workshops for various stakeholders to improve understanding of the implications of the Paris Agreement and countries’ progress in meeting their climate pledges. Her current research focus is on transparency of climate action and reporting in Southeast Asia. Melissa holds an LLM in Climate Change Law and Policy (with distinction) from the University of Strathclyde, MSc in Environmental Management and BSocSci (Hons) in Geography from NUS. For her Master’s thesis on past and contemporary proposals on equity and differentiation in shaping the 2015 climate agreement, Melissa was awarded the Shell Best Dissertation Award 2013. She is currently pursuing a PhD part-time at the NUS Department of Geography.

Ili Nadiah Dzulfakar is co-founder of Klima Action Malaysia — KAMY, a climate justice movement led by youths focusing on the intersectionalities of climate impacts. They call for inclusive climate action in Malaysia by empowering vulnerable groups; youth, women and frontline communities that are marginalised. They also facilitate civil society groups of various backgrounds in improving the collective understanding of climate impacts to mobilise the proclamation of climate emergency in Malaysia.


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Dec 17 2020


10:00 am - 11:30 am