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A child in a slum flooded by Tropical Storm Ketsana (Ondoy) in the Philippines.

World Water Day: How We Can ‘Unflood’ Asia

On World Water Day, it’s time to reflect on how several of Asia’s developing countries are especially vulnerable to floods. What can we do to better address this problem? Adopt a holistic approach to flood management and resilience.

Amy Leung

Photo by Lester V. Ledesma for ADB 2011.

Walking the Walk on a Green Future

The scale of urbanization in Asia over the past few decades has been truly astonishing and there is no sign of it stopping. In the next 20 years, another 1.1 billion people in the region will call cities their home.

Amy Leung

Managing Floods in a Changing Climate for a Green Future

Climate change, population growth, and urbanization are bringing some of the greatest challenges of our time. Just a few days ago we experienced one of the most powerful storms in history, Super Typhoon Haiyan, which devastated the Philippines, killing thousands.

Amy Leung

Green Cities: Changing the Culture of Waste

Asia’s drive to urbanize is taking an increasing toll on the environment with growing mountains of solid waste as city dwellers consume and discard resources at an ever increasing rate.   If “green” cities are to be the answer to these environmental stresses then they will need to develop much more effective programs to reduce, reuse, recycle and recover waste.

Amy Leung