Photo Essays

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Latest Photo Essays

  • June 2013

    Protecting the Heart of Borneo through Sustainable Business Practices

    The Heart of Borneo is the largest contiguous rainforest in Asia. Home to 6% of the world's biodiversity, it sustains the local economy and human welfare. Rapid deforestation from logging, mining and palm oil production are a significant threat however. Emerging sustainable business practices such as Certified Sustainable Palm Oil offer a potential solution.
  • June 2013

    ADB Works with Myanmar to Boost Tourism

    A Tourism Master Plan to help Myanmar cope with an overwhelming tourist demand as the country opens up, identifies 38 projects worth nearly a half billion dollars that will help expand airports, smooth visa requirements, boost tourism-related training, build a $150 million tourism zone outside Mandalay, and open access to isolated beaches and religious sites, some in remote ethnic communities.
  • May 2013

    Bridge Transforms Lives of Isolated Villagers in Tajikistan

    In Tajikistan, a new bridge built by ADB under a JFPR-funded project is connecting once isolated villagers to urban amenities and services. The bridge has already saved lives in medical emergencies, and boosted small businesses.
  • May 2013

    The Bridges of Asia: Connecting the Region

    From vast span bridges for cars and trains to small village footbridges, these are the building blocks of Asian connectivity. This photo essay shows a collection of interesting Asian bridges, many of which were built with ADB's assistance.
  • April 2013

    Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific: Captured in Images

    Our climate is being destabilized and the poor are suffering the consequences. Rising sea levels combined with devastating storms, droughts and floods are hitting hardest those who are most vulnerable. Urgent actions, including leveraging private capital and the use of innovative technologies, are needed. Infographic: Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific More on ADB's work to promote environmentally sustainable growth
  • April 2013

    Better Lives through Better Resettlement

    The ADB-supported Song Bung 4 hydropower dam is being constructed to support Viet Nam's growing energy needs. Despite efforts to minimize the impact on the villagers in the site, more than 1000 people had to be relocated. ADB is working hard not only to resettle them, but also change their lives for the better.
  • March 2013

    Securing Water for All

    Water is one of our most precious resources, but it is threatened by growth, misuse, and pollution. In Asia and the Pacific, many countries are in a water crisis and the demand for water is huge and growing. ADB is currently working to continually promote water developments in the Asia-Pacific region.
  • March 2013

    International Women's Day 2013: Women of Asia and the Pacific

    Across diverse regions; these photos show women in their daily lives.
  • February 2013

    Better Healthcare for Mongolia's Urban Migrants

    Mongolia's health sector will see improvements through a $55 million concessional loan from ADB that will build a new hospital, and promote safer blood transfusions and hospital services
  • January 2013

    Protecting Mongolians from the Cold

    An ADB-funded project provides revolutionary insulation to help poor Mongolians live comfortably in their traditional fabric homes during the harsh winter where temperatures can drop to -50°C