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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.

Structural and Nonstructural Adaptation Measures of Climate Change in India
Structural and nonstructural adaptation measures of climate change in India
18.1 Introduction

The objective of this chapter is to show how substitution between structural and nonstructural adaptation measures by a community or a donor agency would lead to higher utility or a specified utility at low cost. Natural resource management can be improved by using nonstructural measures along with structural measures.

The magnitude of climate-induced disasters has increased. Myers (1997) believes that the issue of environmental refugees “promises to rank as one of the foremost human crises of our times.” According to him environmental change and the natural and man-made disasters associated with it are forcing millions of people to flee their homes and seek refuge in neighboring ...

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