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

Project Safeguards for Inclusive and Environmentally Sustainable Growth

Protecting the people and environment from the potential adverse effects of development is the cornerstone of ADB's Safeguard Policy. Read More

Promoting Sustainable Jobs, Protecting Forests and Biodiversity in Viet Nam

Coffee farmers in Viet Nam's Central Highlands province of Lam Dong join in efforts to conserve forestland and biodiversity. Read More

Overview

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

2050
the year when underground reserves of iron, cobalt, platinum and palladium are projected to be close to exhaustion Source