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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.

Current Status of Adaptation Planning in the Region
Current status of adaptation planning in the region
24.1 Introduction

Climate change is closely related to human life and its development not only for the current generation but also for future generations. Addressing climate change is a high priority for all countries regardless of whether they are developed or developing. Having said that, developing countries, especially the least developed and small island countries, are not able to cope with current weather conditions. Under such circumstances, even if developing countries make a great effort to develop, climate change brings their effort to nothing. Therefore, developing countries need to address climate change adaptation along with development.

Multilateral and bilateral development agencies take climate change concerns into consideration in their development assistance policies. ...

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