Features

Hazard and Disaster Data in the Island Nations of Pacific

The small, isolated island countries in the Pacific are highly vulnerable to natural disasters and the effects of climate change. ADB's urban development specialist Allison Woodruff explains how smart data can help countries in the region reduce and manage disaster risk.


Closing the Distance: Investing in the Pacific Transport Sector

Island countries in the Pacific need a strong transport sector to support economic growth. ADB's transport strategy in the region focuses on improving access to markets and social services and building integrated transport systems.


School's Bell Rings Again in Typhoon-Hit Philippines

School resumes in the Central Philippines areas devastated by Typhoon Haiyan, known locally as Yolanda. But physical and mental scars remain.


Transportation in Asia: Keeping the Rio+20 Promise

At the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in June 2012, the world’s largest multilateral development banks (MDBs) pledged to step up support for sustainable transport over the coming decade. One year into their commitment, they are on target to fulfill their promise.


Economic Costs of Rising Sea Levels in Asia and the Pacific

Teeming with people and economic activity, the coastal areas of Asia and the Pacific are highly vulnerable to storm surges, coastal erosion, flooding, and inundation resulting from sea-level rise and climate change. Here's a by the numbers look at the economic costs of rising sea levels.


Infographic: Economics of Climate Change in the Pacific - Vulnerability of Island Nations

An ADB study details the potential costs of climate change in the Pacific – including modeling of future climate over the region, assessments of impacts on natural resources, tourism, and human health, and economic repercussions under various emission scenarios.


Financing Adaptation and Mitigation in Asia and the Pacific

Asia and the Pacific face a monumental challenge in finding the funding needed to prepare for the impacts of climate change.


Cook Islands Port: A Vital Sea Link for Pacific Shipping

A port upgrade in the Cook Islands is securing the country's food, fuel and other needs with modern facilities that allow access by larger ships.


Infographic: Energy Outlook for Asia and the Pacific 2010-2035 - Meeting Asia's Power Demand

With Asia and the Pacific’s energy demand set to sharply outpace the rest of the world’s over the next two decades, cross-border power exchanges can play a central role in helping the region meet this growing demand.


Infographic: 12 Pillars for the Transformation of Asia and the Pacific Region

Asia and the Pacific has made good progress towards the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), though the region will still need to make greater efforts if it is to meet some important targets.