Review of Current and Planned Adaptation Action: East and Southeast Asia

Philip Gass, Hilary Hove, Jo-Ellen Parry
Posted on: 11/29/2011 - Updated on: 3/06/2020

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Hannah Robinson



Growing understanding of the need to adapt to the impacts of climate change has led to a significant rise in ongoing and planned adaptation action in the developing regions of the world, including East and Southeast Asia. This upsurge in climate change adaptation action is a welcome occurrence, but enhanced coordination among expanding networks of adaptation actors is needed to ensure resources are deployed quickly and effectively. Responding to this concern, a review of current and planned adaptation action in East and Southeast Asia was undertaken by the Adaptation Partnership1 between October 2010 and April 2011. This review covered the East Asian countries of China, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) and Mongolia, and the Southeast Asian countries of Cambodia, Indonesia, Lao People’s Democratic Republic (Lao PDR), Malaysia, Myanmar, Philippines, Thailand, Timor-Leste and Viet Nam.2 The review identified priority adaptation needs, efforts by governments to support adaptation though policy and planning, the scope of international support for adaptation efforts in different countries and sectors, and potential gaps in adaptation efforts at the country and regional levels. This review of adaptation action in East and Southeast Asia is one of 12 profiles covering regions of Africa, Asia-Pacific, and Latin America and the Caribbean completed by the Adaptation Partnership.


Gass, P., Hove, H., Parry, J., & International Institute for Sustainable Development. (2011, November). Review of Current and Planned Adaptation Action: East and Southeast Asia. Adaptation Partnership. Retrieved from CAKE:

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At the Petersberg Ministerial Climate Dialogue hosted by the governments of Germany and Mexico in May 2010, Costa Rica, Spain, and the United States identifi ed a need for development practitioners to share information and lessons on adaptation efforts. The three countries took on the role of chairing a global Adaptation Partnership. Since then, over 50 developing and developed countries have participated in the Partnership to identify common adaptation priorities and improve coordination of efforts to scale up action and financing for adaptation.

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