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Communities in Asia and the Pacific living alongside the world’s largest ocean are especially dependent on a healthy blue economy for food and energy production, small business growth, and the wellbeing of local people. The effects of climate change and risk of catastrophes such as typhoons and droughts are also disproportionately severe.

This workshop will examine the rising threat of natural disasters and economic disruptions in coastal countries in Asia and the Pacific due to climate change, and equip officials in the region to improve disaster risk management and ocean infrastructure. It will also explore ways to promote sustainable economic growth and development in ocean reliant communities affected by climate change.

The workshop will take place in conjunction with the 2019 ADB Annual Meeting in Nadi, Fiji.

  • To empower government officials from small island developing states (SIDS) to deploy policies that foster sustainable blue economies in the face of climate change.
  • To strengthen disaster risk management and resilient growth, and advance the Sustainable Development Goals in SIDS as natural disasters become more frequent and intense as a result of climate change.

30-40 policymakers and experts in disaster management, ocean infrastructure, and related fields in SIDS and other coastal ADB member countries highly affected by climate change.

  • A special issue of a SSCI and SCOPUS journal featuring 8 selected papers presented at the workshop.
  • Capacity building presentations and other materials to be posted on the ADBI website.
How to register

By invitation only


Fiji National University (FNU), The Ocean Policy Research Institute (OPRI), and Asia-Pacific Applied Economics Association (APAEA)

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