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Managing Vulnerabilityand Boosting Productivity in Agriculture through Weather Risk Mapping: A Guide for Development Practitioners 

WB-weather-risk-mapping-coverProductivity in the agricultural sector is inherently dependent on weather, such as variations in rainfall and temperature. As a result, weather risk events can cause losses in yield and production that translate into economic losses for producers, as well as other sector stakeholders that depend on income from agricultural trade, transport, processing, or export. Extreme temperatures, floods, droughts, hailstorm, and windstorms are just a few examples of weather risk events that cause major economic losses. In developing countries, weather risk is especially signifi cant due to the importance of the agricultural sector in the overall economy and its contribution to household food security. Up to 90 percent of the population in many developing countries relies on agriculture for a living, since the sector is the primary source of income, employment, and food. Absent eff ective risk management strategies, weather shocks to agriculture in these countries have far-reaching eff ects on wellbeing, development, and poverty reduction.

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Financing Climate Change Mitigation and Adaptation: Role of Regional Financing Arrangements

adb-wp04-financing-climate-change-mitigation-coverThe financing needs of climate change mitigation and adaptation are uncertain and large. In response, an extensive architecture of financing for climate change mitigation and adaptation has started to develop around the world. Is there a role for a regional approach in this developing financing architecture? This paper examines the issue in the context of the Asia and Pacific region. The paper argues that, while climate change is a global public good, it has strong regional features, and, consequently, regional institutions and financing arrangements play an important role. In particular, regional financing arrangements have a special role in climate change adaptation. Regional financing arrangements complement and strengthen the global collective action on climate change. They should be treated as essential elements of the overall strategy for fighting climate change globally, and be supported accordingly. Moving ahead, a first priority should be to scale up and expand existing regional financing arrangements. Another important priority is to create specialized regional funds to address key region-specific climate change adaptation needs. Finally, opportunities for private sector financing in a regional setting should be promoted through appropriate policy and regulatory support.

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Ecosystem-based Approaches to Address Climate Change Challenges in the Greater Mekong Sub-region 

adb-ecosystem-based-approaches-gms-coverTo safeguard the region’s natural wealth and development gains in the face of climate change challenges, the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) countries need to strengthen the resilience of their natural and human systems.

The GMS must also harness opportunities to reduce its contribution to climate change. Ecosystem-based approaches can help GMS countries address these challenges by making use of ecosystems and biodiversity to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and to assist people to adapt to a changing climate.

Read more: Ecosystem-based Approaches to Address Climate Change Challenges in the Greater Mekong Sub-region

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