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Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Takehiko Nakao attended the opening session of the Sixth Assembly of the Global Environment Facility (GEF-6) Council at the Furama International Conference Center in Danang, Vietnam June 27. ADB plans to mobilize concessional co-financing and provide high-value knowledge-enhancing products and services, including in the areas of intraregional and urban transport, agricultural and rural development, poverty reduction, waste water and drainage and climate change resilience, Vietnam Bridge reports. During his talks with Chairman of the Danang City People’s Committee, Huynh Duc Tho, Nakao discussed ADB’s ongoing support to improve the water supply and solid waste management in the city.

Read more: ADB Committed To Support For Vietnam In Wastewater, Drainage, Climate Change Resilience

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A scene of devastation in Japan after the 11 March earthquake and tsunami in 2011. Natural disasters are expected to intensify in strength thanks to climate change. Image: Warren Antiola, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0

Disaster risk management has always been a high priority in Southeast Asia, but climate change is making the problem all the more urgent and challenging, writes NUS’Vinod Thomas.

Southeast Asia, already on the path of tropical storms originating from the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans, has seen a spike in climate disasters as global warming aggravates these hazards of nature. The dangers are compounded by the fact that the region also has a high population density, with large urban populations in low-lying cities, including the megacities, Jakarta and Manila.

Read more: Climate change raises the bar for disaster resilience

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Seagrasses (above) are found in coastal waters all over the world, apart from at the poles.PHOTO: SITI MARYAM YAAKUB

The verdant meadows of the sea are up to 35 times better than rainforests at storing carbon and are nurseries for all manner of marine creatures. Yet, about 40 percent of the world's seagrass may have been lost due to human activity.

Read more: Seagrasses can offset climate change

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