Water, Air, and Soil Pollution

, Volume 92, Issue 1, pp 1–12

Climate change vulnerability and adaptation in Asia and the Pacific: Workshop summary


  • L. Amadore
    • PAGASA
  • W. C. Bolhofer
    • U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • R. V. Cruz
    • University of Los Baños
  • R. B. Feir
    • NAMIRA
  • C. A. Freysinger
    • Camber Corporation
  • S. Guill
    • U.S. Country Studies Program
  • K. F. Jalal
    • Asian Development Bank
  • A. Iglesias
    • Instituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agrarias
  • A. Jose
    • PAGASA
  • S. Leatherman
    • University of Maryland
  • S. Lenhart
    • Hagler Bailly Consulting, Inc.
  • S. Mukherjee
    • Asian Development Bank
  • J. B. Smith
    • Hagler Bailly Consulting, Inc.
  • J. Wisniewski
    • Wisniewski and Associates

DOI: 10.1007/BF00175548

Cite this article as:
Amadore, L., Bolhofer, W.C., Cruz, R.V. et al. Water Air Soil Pollut (1996) 92: 1. doi:10.1007/BF00175548


The Regional Workshop on Climate Change Vulnerability and Adaptation Assessment in Asia and the Pacific metto present and discuss assessments of vulnerability and adaptation to climate change in agriculture, forests, coastal resources, and water resources. Discussions were held in breakout and plenary sessions about the state of the science for vulnerability and adaptation assessment, conclusions that can be drawn about the vulnerability of the region to climate change, and where future research efforts should be directed. The workshop concluded that sea level rise is of greatest concern to island and coastal nations in the region, climate change will have a significant effect on agriculture, water resources are sensitive to changes in average climate conditions and to tropical monsoons and cyclones, and forests could be significantly affected by climate change. The workshop recommended that efforts to improve general circulation models continue and that countries in the region cooperate on the analyses of vulnerability and addressing adaptation measures. The workshop also concluded that results of vulnerability and adaptation assessments should be presented to policy makers and the public and that assessments continue to be undertaken to improve our understanding of the issue.

Key words

AsiaPacific island nationsadaptationagricultureforestcoastal resourceswater resourcessea level risenational action plans

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