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Sunday, May 3, 2009

Climate Change in Southeast Asia

In April of this year, the Asia Development Bank released a report reviewing the economic implications of climate change in Southeast Asia.

From the report's Foreword:

"The study by the ADB on the economics of climate change for South East Asia is the first regional report on the impacts, vulnerabilities, costs, opportunities and policy options for South East Asia, and, on this regional scale, globally. It is a very welcome contribution for policymakers, businesses, academics and civil society. It increases the national understanding in each country of the challenge of development in the face of a more hostile climate. It provides important perspectives on the regional interdependencies of climate change impacts and policies and thus can help in the pooling of regional resources to address shared challenges; for example, the development of public goods for adaptation (including new technologies, disaster and risk management and water resource management) in the region. This is particularly important, given that the climate is likely to change significantly in South East Asia in the next 20 or 30 years."

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