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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.

Framework Conditions for Integrating Climate Change Adaptation into Natural Resource Planning
Framework conditions for integrating climate change adaptation into natural resource planning
4.1 Introduction

Global warming is posing a massive threat to development. The Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) stated that “warming of the climate system is unequivocal and carbon dependency of the world economy is the cause of it” (IPCC 2007). Among the simulations compiled to predict future climate change, even the most conservative scenario foresees that by the end of the 21st century, the average global temperature will rise by approximately 1.8°C-6.0°C from the average seen at the end of the 20th century (Figure 4.1).

Figure 4.1 Global Temperature Rise over Time

An increase in temperature has the potential to disrupt ...

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