South Asia Must Prepare to Face Climate Change

Video | 19 August 2014

Adaptation measures such as flood defences and climate-proofed infrastructure are essential to protect South Asia from the ravages of climate change, explains Mahfuzuddin Ahmed, ADB Principal Climate Change Specialist.

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Title: South Asia Must Prepare to Face Climate Change

Description: Adaptation measures such as flood defences and climate-proofed infrastructure are essential to protect South Asia from the ravages of climate change, explains Mahfuzuddin Ahmed, ADB Principal Climate Change Specialist.

Mahfuzuddin Ahmed
Principal Climate Change Specialist
Asian Development Bank

Climate change will cost South Asia more than most other Asians. In economic terms, South Asia will lose nearly 2% of its Gross Domestic Products by 2050. This figure could rise up to 9% by 2100, if business as usual part is continued and no actions are taken to reduce emissions.

Q: What measures can individual countries in South Asia take to adapt to climate change?
A: South Asian countries do not have any other choice other than adaptation, if emissions are not reduced. The need to protect the vital agricultural lands, the need to protect people from floods and other natural disasters, the need to invests more into infrastructure, they also need to invest more in maintaining those infrastructure.

Q: What should the South Asian region do collectively to better withstand changing climate?
A: Certainly the region as a whole is a big loser, so, naturally, they could achieve a lot by cooperating. One of the area they can cooperate is in the energy area where renewable energy resources in this region could be collectively harness and shared and that’s one area that the region can cooperate. The other area the region can cooperate is to collectively influence the global community to take action against climate change and also mobilize finance for taking actions on mitigation and adaptation.