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A Region at Risk: The Human Dimensions of Climate Change in Asia & the Pacific

December 05, 2017 |

This article was originally published on Asian Development Blog

“Earlier this year, ADB released A Region at Risk, a major report on the impacts of climate change in Asia and the Pacific. While the study focuses on the impact of warming on socio-economic systems, Asia’s natural ecosystems will also feel the impacts.

The vulnerability of the region’s natural ecosystems is broadly under-appreciated. It is imperative to strengthen the resilience of both natural systems and human societies if the region is to secure a sustainable future.

Over the last decade, a range of nature-based approaches to enhancing resilience have emerged from multiple disciplines, They share a common theme, namely that we can use natural systems and work together with nature to increase the resilience and adaptive capacity of our societies against climate and disaster risks.

These approaches, often called nature-based climate solutions, include ecosystem-based adaptation, ecosystem-based disaster risk reduction, green/blue infrastructure, and ecological engineering. By protecting and managing natural systems where they are currently under threat, and by restoring them where they have been disturbed or removed, we can preserve their integrity and improve their resilience.

Preserved natural systems provide a range of services in support of human societies. These services are not only necessary for societies to continue to exist – they also contribute directly to their economic development and their overall resilience…”

Read on at: Asian Development Blog.

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