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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.

Community-Based Approaches to Climate Change Adaptation: Lessons and Findings
Community-based approaches to climate change adaptation: Lessons and findings
MasanoriKobayashi and IkuyoKikusawa
16.1 Introduction

Climate change has been widely recognized as a threat to ecosystems and human well-being. While measures for reducing GHG emissions need to be further instigated more intensively, it has also become a reality to adopt measures to adapt to climate change impacts, namely, increased climatic variability particularly flood and drought.

This chapter presents three case studies on community-based approaches to climate change adaptation and/or co-benefit for mitigation and adaptation supported under the framework of the Asia-Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED).1 These case studies demonstrate the key elements to undertaking effective activities to tackle climate change particularly adaptation in the overall context of promoting community ...

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