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 promotes a shift to environmentally sustainable, low-carbon, and climate-resilient infrastructure to reduce negative impacts on the environment while more effectively serving the needs of local communities.
ADB has committed to strengthen the environmental management capacities of public institutions.
To address key environment challenges, ADB is promoting natural resource management to protect and maintain the productive potential of the region's natural capital. This includes protecting critical stocks of land, forests, water and other natural resources, in order to maintain ecosystem services that support human societies.