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Natural Resources Management

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.

One of ADB's key strategic agendas is the promotion of environmental sustainability through projects that support biodiversity and conservation of ecosystems in the region. Many of ADB's projects directly support sustainable natural resources management, while its safeguard provisions aim to ensure that no net loss of biodiversity occurs as a result of any ADB project. Natural capital is essential to maintain economic and ecological benefits for the vulnerable poor that depend on it.

ADB also supports regional cooperation initiatives on the management of large transboundary ecosystems and other public goods that sustain livelihoods in the region.