Background and goals

It is likely that climate change will impinge on sustainable development for most developing countries of Asia as it compounds the pressures on natural resources and the environment, which in turn have profound effects on the health, safety and livelihoods of people- especially poor people and women. Coastal communities in particular, can be especially vulnerable to the effects of climate change due to the inherent dependence of large numbers of people on natural resources and climate sensitive industries, such as fisheries, agriculture, aquaculture and tourism.

Read more: Building Resilience to Climate Change Impacts- Coastal Southeast Asia


“I now close my career and just fade away, an old soldier who tried to do his duty.” US General Douglas MacArthur

What fate awaits the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and its Kyoto Protocol? Will they just fade away, victims of the current diplomatic impasse on the scope and form of a future agreement? Are they doomed to become an irrelevance as key stakeholders look elsewhere for answers? Or are fears of their demise premature? Will the UNFCCC and perhaps even the Kyoto Protocol instead be restored to their former pre-Copenhagen stature, renewed and ready for the post-2012 period?

Read more: The UN Climate Convention and Kyoto Protocol: Redux or Redundant?


This guest article considers the role of wetlands as carbon sinks to mitigate the effects of climate change. It also examines the role of wetlands as important assets in adaptation strategies that increase their resilience and reduce the adverse impacts of climate change on human life.

Wetlands are natural and human-made infrastructures that receive, transport, clean, store and deliver water to a wide range of users – “from the mountains to the seas” – for domestic needs, agriculture, biodiversity, industry and other economic production, as well as maintenance of social and cultural integrity. The Ramsar Convention recognizes 42 types of wetlands, including rivers and their tributaries and floodplains, lakes, estuaries, deltas, peatlands, oases, coastal areas, together with mangroves and coral reefs, and many others.

Read more: Wetlands and Climate Change


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