Nessim Ahmad

Deputy Director General, Sustainable Development and Climate Change Department, ADB

Mr. Ahmad is also ADB’s Chief Compliance Officer. Prior to his current assignment, he managed bank-wide oversight of ADB's safeguard policy implementation, mainstreaming ADB’s environment agenda in operations, and developing ADB’s climate change adaptation programs. Before joining ADB in 1998, Mr. Ahmad was Technical Adviser (Environment) for IFAD in Africa, Asia and Latin America.

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It’s time to listen to the scientists

The messages from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change are clear—human induced climate change is happening, climate impacts on humans and natural systems will be significant, and dramatic mitigation needs to happen very soon.

Nessim Ahmad

Farmers glean the beach for seafood at low tide in Moromaho Island, Indonesia. Photo from <a href="http://www.adb.org/news/photo-essay/coral-triangle-book">Coral Triangle Book 2011.</a>

Why invest in natural capital?

We’ve been thinking a lot lately about investing in “natural capital” in Asia and the Pacific – one of four key thrusts of ADB’s newly approved Environment Operational Directions for 2013-2020. 

Nessim Ahmad