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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.

Monitoring the Vulnerability and Adaptation Planning for Water Security
Monitoring the vulnerability and adaptation planning for water security
6.1 Water Security in Asia and the Pacific

The world is facing changes at a faster rate than ever seen before. Population growth, migration, urbanization, land-use changes, and climate variability and/or change will drive the way water resources need to be managed in the future. They also call for concrete contributions from water policies and actions to help the world cope with these changes. The Istanbul Ministerial Statement, issued at the 5th World Water Forum on March 22, 2009, “recognizes the need to achieve water security,” and thinks “it is vital to increase adaptation of water management to all global changes and improve cooperation at all levels” (World Water ...

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