ADB promotes and invests in nature and environmental sustainability to achieve economic growth and reduce poverty in Asia and the Pacific.

Exposure to particulate matter
air pollution, 2010 to 2019

ADB plans to scale up air quality efforts as part of its ambition to finance $100 billion for the fight against climate change between 2019 to 2030.

Trend in the number of projects for ocean conservation
and climate action (USD, Millions)

The threats facing our oceans, from pollution to climate change, require urgent and coordinated action.

Plastic leakage to the environment
- Projections (in million tonnes)

During 2000–2019, the annual global production of plastics has doubled from 234 million metric tons to 460 million metric tons.


Photo: Asian Development Bank

ADB is working with its developing member countries and development partners to move beyond the “do no harm” approach to enhancing biodiversity and natural resources. This includes investing in ocean health and scaling-up green and blue finance and business opportunities. ADB supports the MDB Joint Statement on Nature, People and Planet issued during COP26 2021. The bank is operationalizing this support through its Nature-Positive Investments Roadmap and Natural Capital Lab. ADB is also working to accelerate financing for activities that utilize nature-based solutions, green infrastructure, and other approaches that restore and enhance natural resources and ecosystems.

Central to ADB’s Strategy 2030 Operational Priority 3 is enhancing environmental sustainability. ADB works across the region with its DMCs to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are all underpinned by natural resources and our environment. This involves developing and financing projects, providing technical assistance, as well as creating and sharing knowledge. For example, ADB is partnering with major cities in Asia to reduce air pollution from vehicles, industry, and power generation. The bank also stimulates the development of green business in the region, especially focused on the circular economy, sustainable consumption and production, green supply chains, and green financial products.


Our Impact

Results delivered in 2023 from ADB projects.

14.2 million

People benefiting from
strengthened environmental sustainability


Terrestrial, coastal, or marine areas
conserved, restored, and/or enhanced


Land, river, or sea conservation
and restoration solutions implemented

Your Questions Answered

  • What’s the link between caring for the environment and development?

    Human development is dependent on access to well-functioning ecosystems, including natural resources, along with clean air and water. Human health, which is necessary for sustainable development, is also dependent on these things.

  • How does ADB balance sustainable domestic water use and the region’s rapidly growing need for food and energy?

    ADB targets the poor and disadvantaged, supporting inclusive economic growth. The bank also promotes solutions that improve the quality of life in cities and rural areas and foster food security.

  • What role should the private sector be playing in mainstreaming green growth in Asia and the Pacific?

    Private sector support for infrastructure finance and other needs is an important part of the growth strategy of developing economies. Private sector investment is needed in projects and financial instruments that provide environmental, social, and financial benefits.