A new global pact for nature expected to be passed at the United Nations Biodiversity Conference in 2022 should balance the needs of developing and developed countries in helping avoid ecosystem collapse.
Governments in Asia and the Pacific should consider the direct and indirect benefits of resilient infrastructure, including losses avoided and economic and development benefits even when disaster doesn’t strike.
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.
Disaster preparedness, combined with updated risk information and timely assessments of damages and needs, were critical for Tonga’s response to the undersea volcanic eruption.
We need to start planning today to accelerate our policy and investment options to address the potentially devastating impacts of ocean acidification.
Climate finance investments need a clear purpose, showing how these investments will help climate mitigation by reducing greenhouse gas emissions or how they will help climate adaptation by improving the resilience of infrastructure, communities, and livelihoods.