Water, Air, and Soil Pollution

, Volume 92, Issue 1, pp 1-12

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

  • L. AmadoreAffiliated withPAGASA
  • , W. C. BolhoferAffiliated withU.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
  • , R. V. CruzAffiliated withUniversity of Los Baños
  • , R. B. FeirAffiliated withNAMIRA
  • , C. A. FreysingerAffiliated withCamber Corporation
  • , S. GuillAffiliated withU.S. Country Studies Program
  • , K. F. JalalAffiliated withAsian Development Bank
  • , A. IglesiasAffiliated withInstituto Nacional de Investigaciones Agrarias
  • , A. JoseAffiliated withPAGASA
    • , S. LeathermanAffiliated withUniversity of Maryland
    • , S. LenhartAffiliated withHagler Bailly Consulting, Inc.
    • , S. MukherjeeAffiliated withAsian Development Bank
    • , J. B. SmithAffiliated withHagler Bailly Consulting, Inc.
    • , J. WisniewskiAffiliated withWisniewski and Associates

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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

Asia Pacific island nations adaptation agriculture forest coastal resources water resources sea level rise national action plans