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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 ...

Adapting to Climate Change: Developing Local Capacity
Adapting to climate change: Developing local capacity
SrikanthaHerath
19.1 Introduction

The need to adapt to climate change has been recognized as a key development requirement as current predictions show global warming will continue to grow due to existing greenhouse gas (GHG) content in the atmosphere, even if the global community succeeds in bringing down GHG emissions to acceptable levels. Assessing impacts at the local scale and designing appropriate adaptation measures is a key challenge for affected countries. It is important to develop local capacity to support achieving this objective, especially in the relevant institutions in developing countries.

The United Nations University (UNU) has developed programs so that local capacity can be developed in a sustainable manner. This chapter first describes a study ...

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