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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.

Valuing Natural Resource Management: Climate Change Adaptation in the European Union
Valuing natural resource management: Climate change adaptation in the European Union
5.1 Introduction

We are experiencing global climate change and adverse impacts as a challenge to sustainable development on regional and local scales. The majority of Europeans became aware of climate change in 2007 when the International Panel of Climate Change (IPCC) published its fourth assessment report (Alcamo et al. 2007; IPCC 2007). Two things are obvious: climate change is real and the European Union (EU) will not succeed in completing the Kyoto Protocol. There is broad support by government agencies and the EU institutions for science-based indicative goals for the reduction of greenhouse gases (GHGs) to limit the rise in temperature by 2°C above preindustrial ...

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