The devastating floods in the Hindu Kush Himalaya Region have shown the urgency of actions needed to protect vulnerable communities from the impact of climate change.
‘Parametric’ insurance could offer farmers quicker relief when they lose their crops to floods, storms and other climate-driven calamities.
Trade via rail in Central Asia has proven highly effective in recent years. It needs further support to take it to the next level.
ADB economists Irfan A. Qureshi and Matteo Lanzafame answer questions about the ability of Asia’s economies to bounce back from the pandemic, and how governments should respond to new global economic headwinds.
The closure of schools due to COVID-19 has had wide-ranging impacts on students and education systems. Support should focus on closing the learning gap and preparing for the next crisis.
Business-friendly policies, and the transition to greater use of e-commerce and on-demand production, are key to helping Asia’s small and medium-sized fashion companies bounce back from the pandemic.
Solutions for climate adaptation need to span multiple sectors, government departments and societal contexts. The challenge is great but we can meet it by combining natural and built assets with incentives for collective action and the optimization of traditional knowledge.
Less developed countries need not emulate wealthier ones when establishing their technical and vocational training systems.
New technologies in water treatment systems, as well as other measures, are needed to better understand the problem of pharmaceutical contamination of Asia’s rivers.
Groundwater conservation is a key part of managing water resources. A renewed focus is needed on the protection of this valuable resource.