Cleaning up Indonesia's Citarum River Basin

Recycling and education projects are helping local authorities turn the Citarum Basin, home to some of the world’s most polluted rivers, into a model of sustainable water management. Read More

4th Asia-Pacific Climate Change Adaptation Forum

Taking place in Kuala Lumpur, the forum will discuss how government, business, and society can become more effective in addressing the challenges of development in a changing climate. Read More

Farmers Help Save Endangered Birds in the PRC

A study recommends building partnerships with local farmers to boost incomes and protect the coastal wetlands in Jiangsu Province, People's Republic of China. Read More

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


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