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Climate change is now widely regarded as one of the most serious challenges the world faces, and adapting to it is an urgent requirement for countries across the world. The less developed countries of the Asia and Pacific region, despite contributing the least to the emission of greenhouse gases, are the most vulnerable to the effects of climate change.
Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific: How Can Countries Adapt compiles policies and best practices on climate change adaptation, emphasizing the fact that the Asia and Pacific region needs immediate measures—both structural and nonstructural—in order to adapt to climate change. The discussions elaborate on issues related to water resources, agriculture, and natural resources management, which are some of the most vital sectors for the region from environmental, social, and economic perspectives.
Although the policies and measures discussed in the book are specific to the Asia and Pacific region, the key findings will be relevant to other regions as well; for example, Africa and Latin America. Policymakers and researchers involved in the study of climate change adaptation will find this volume of great interest.
Chapter 23: Enhancing the Adaptive Capacity in the Asia and Pacific Region: Opportunities for Innovation and Experimentation
Enhancing the Adaptive Capacity in the Asia and Pacific Region: Opportunities for Innovation and Experimentation
Developing countries of the Asia and Pacific region, as a group, are the ones most threatened by climate change. Although climate change will have impacts that can be positive for other regions, the most significant impacts are expected to be negative for the region (ADB 2009, 2010). This is because many of these countries lie in areas where climate change related effects including flooding, drought, tropical cyclones, and ecosystem destruction will be more damaging affecting the production activities within natural resources management sector. Furthermore, the region is more vulnerable to climate change due to weak ...