KITAKYUSHU (Kyodo) Environmental officials and researchers from 17 Asia-Pacific countries and international organizations on Tuesday began a three-day seminar here on global warming with a focus on adaptation to climate change.

About 50 participants from countries that include China and Indonesia, as well as from the U.N. Development Program, will share their information and experiences and discuss how to cooperate toward curbing global warming at the 19th Asia-Pacific Seminar on Climate Change, officials said.

Kitakyushu Mayor Kenji Kitahashi said in his opening address, “Kitakyushu has contributed to improving living environments of various Asian cities through effective use of our experiences in resolving various environmental problems.”

Adaptation to climate change based on scientific and technological advances is one of the main topics planned.

The participants are from Australia, China, the Cook Islands, India, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Samoa, South Korea, Thailand, the U.S. and Vietnam.

The event, which has been held since 1991, is sponsored this year by the Environment Ministry, Kitakyushu, the Australian Department of Climate Change and Energy Efficiency, and the semipublic Overseas Environment Cooperation Center, Japan.

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