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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.
Conclusions, Policy Implications, and the Way Forward
With the focus of mainstreaming climate change adaptation into development planning, the workshops covered sectors that are the most vulnerable to climate change. The implications allow drawing of policy recommendations and conclusions of broad relevance. The analytical framework used in this book is a combination of sector-wide reviews (using secondary sources on issues, policies, and institutions) and case studies with implementation experiences. Ranging across several countries, the case studies helped to gain a deeper understanding of the barriers, as well as the contributors, to better adaptive capacity. The general conclusions are discussed below.
Climate change is a reality. The Asia and Pacific region is projected to be ...