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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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Manila, Philippines - Adaptation is the adjustment in natural or human systems in response to actual or expected climatic conditions or their effects, which moderates harm or exploits beneficial opportunities. Best practices abound now in many parts of the world on community-based adaptation activities to cope with climate change risks. Among these are:

Read more: Adapting to climate change

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Many Asian companies are focusing on how best to recycle waste productsClimate change sceptics might not like to admit it, but Asia is embracing environmentally-friendly technologies.

China is spending tens of billions of dollars every year on renewable energy projects - almost twice the next biggest spender in this field, the US - while South Korea's clean energy capacity more than tripled in 2009.

Asia is not, then, the environmental laggard some in the West would have us believe.

In fact, growth in what the industry calls the clean tech, or environmental technology, sector looks set to take off.

Read more: Asia technology comes clean to provide green solutions

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