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BackgroundThe Philippines is an archipelagic country where agriculture plays a vital role in providing around 30 percent of employment and 10 percent of the country’s total gross domestic product in 2013. Recent natural disasters significantly affected crops and livestock resulted in severe loss in agricultural production including human lives. Climate change worsens the economic situation and food security among others of the Philippine people. Hence, there is a critical and urgent need to develop climate-smart technologies available and accessible to…
Using fixed effects estimators to remove unobserved heterogeneity and instrumental variable technique to address the endogeneity of income, this paper analyzes the effect of weather events on welfare in the Philippines.
A STRONG COUNTRY springs from a prepared, equipped, vigilant, and united people. Only when it is resilient to multiple risks can economic growth be truly sustained and enjoyed by all segments of the population. This is a critical challenge for the Philippines. How can the country sustain its rapid economic growth and make it more inclusive amid increasing vulnerability and exposure to climate change and natural hazards, and other types of risk factors?
Climate change is happening now. Evidences being seen support the fact that the change cannot simply be explained by natural variation. The most recent scientific assessments have confirmed that this warming of the climate system since the mid-20th century is most likely to be due to human activities; and thus, is due to the observed increase in greenhouse gas concentrations from human activities, such as the burning of fossil fuels and land use change. Current warming has increasingly posed quite…
Disaster risk reduction efforts traditionally focus on long-term preventative measures or post-disaster response. Outside of these, there are many short-term actions, such as evacuation, that can be implemented in the period of time between a warning and a potential disaster to reduce the risk of impacts. However, this precious window of opportunity is regularly overlooked in the case of climate and weather forecasts, which can indicate heightened risk of disaster but are rarely used to initiate preventative action. Barriers range from the protracted debate over the best strategy for intervention…
Key Messages Livelihoods in Lao PDR are diverse owing to a complex topography and the flows of the Mekong River basin. Over 40 unique livelihood groups exist in the country, each with a unique resilience profile. The livelihoods with greatest climate resilience are those with sufficient access to financial capital (and wealth) and land, those which are highly diversified, and those which do not rely on rainfed agriculture. Focusing on activities linked to these characteristics will enhance community resilience. Generally,…
This publication confirms the shared commitment of ADB and the Climate Investment Funds (CIF) to mainstreaming gender equality in climate change and showcases how this priority is being integrated into the design of ADB’s CIF projects. Helping women become more resilient to the impact of climate change, acknowledging their key role and encouraging them to participate in responding to the challenges of climate change, and ensuring that they benefit from climate change financing investments are priorities for ADB as part…
ADB is working with leading clean technology accelerators, incubators, and start-ups across Asia to promote more efficient use and management of energy and natural resources. ADB’s Climate Technology Finance Center seeks to accelerate clean technology entrepreneurship and investment in Asia by supporting activities, programs, and partnerships that aim to produce more investable cleantech, more risk capital for cleantech, increased cleantech knowledge, and a stronger cleantech ecosystem.
From 1990 to 2010, carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in Southeast Asia have grown more rapidly than in any other region of the world. The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has analyzed the potential role the region can play in climate change mitigation, focusing on the five countries of Southeast Asia that collectively account for 90% of regional greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions—Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.  
Changes in climate, economic development, urbanization, and population growth will impact water availability around the world. To prepare for these changes, decision-makers need to consider future scenarios of global water supply and demand. Investors, policymakers, companies, and development organizations can use such projected estimates to quantify future impact, hedge risks, and adapt to changes at relevant scales. For certain decisions and analysis, the national scale may be important, and to the best of our knowledge, no up-to-date, country-level projections currently…
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