The uncertainties of climate change call for actions driven by the best available knowledge, as well as meeting the financing needs of developing countries. Integrating adaptation into policy upfront is essential to achieve these goals.
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.
Driven by the digital revolution and fast-growing remote sensing technologies, GIS is re-engineering our view of the world and solving problems in unexpected ways.
Effective risk management for flash flood disasters is now achievable, thanks to 21st century technological advances in communication technology, spatial data analysis, and weather prediction.
Flash floods have increased and become more unpredictable, and their toll on lives and livelihoods is growing as well. There is much we still don’t know about how to manage floods, but there are key policy actions we can take now.
It is time to establish partnerships and expand to a whole-of-society approach to cope with the disasters and crises that are increasingly threatening developing countries.
Solutions that include both urban and rural environments, and the connections between the two, are needed to improve river health in Asia and the Pacific.