Community Initiative Helps Filipino Poor Turn Trash into Cash

A multipurpose cooperative is thriving in Manila's impoverished Smokey Mountain area thanks to recycling and other profitable enterprises involving local communities. Read More

Philippines: Young Volunteers Revive Dying Rizal Creek

A group of young volunteers took on the challenge of saving the dying Maningning Creek in the town of Taytay, Rizal and inspired entire communities to follow suit. Read More

Earning a Living by Preserving the Environment in Viet Nam

Protecting forest land is a source of livelihood for farming communities that were displaced to make way for hydropower projects. Read More

Climate Change Threatens South Asian Growth Prospects

Droughts, floods and extreme weather events could cost South Asian nations up to 9% of their economy every year by the end of this century, says ADB report. Read More


Environmental sustainability is a prerequisite for economic growth and poverty reduction in Asia and the Pacific. ADB's long-term strategic framework for 2008-2020 (or Strategy 2020) identifies environmentally sustainable growth as a key strategic development agenda, and environment as a core area for support. ADB’s, Environment Operational Directions 2013–2020, identifies four mutually supportive operational directions: promoting a shift to sustainable infrastructure, investing in natural capital, strengthening environmental governance and management capacity, and responding to climate change.

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Fast Facts

Almost $30 billion
projects from 2001-2012 supported by ADB had environmental sustainability as a theme Source

Over 50%
of soils that have been degraded by deforestation are situated in Asia Source

the year when underground reserves of iron, cobalt, platinum and palladium are projected to be close to exhaustion Source