Four South Asian countries (India, Pakistan, Nepal and Afghanistan) have successfully applied a new governance framework called “Mainstreaming Adaptation to Climate Change within Governance Systems in South Asia” that allows governments to integrate climate change adaptation into governance systems, policies and plans. This framework identifies barriers and opportunities for climate adaptation mainstreaming.
We discussed with Doug Saunders, a journalist who writes the international-affairs column for the Globe and Mail, Canada. His first book, Arrival City (2010) has been published in eight languages and has won numerous honours. With his extensive experiences, he shared his views on the challenges of migration.
Floods in 2017 that affected nearly 40 million people across India, Nepal and Bangladesh were strong reminder that disasters and their impacts are often not contained by any national or other jurisdictional boundaries. This results place strong emphasis on transboundary governance systems. The question is what can we do to manage transboundary action better?
By 2050, the United Nations predicts 64% of Asia’s population will live in urban settings. With growing population and rapid urban growth, most Asian countries are now facing the consequences of the unplanned urbanization, where open green spaces and wetlands are now covered in cityscapes. Therefore, heavy rain has nowhere to go, and floods are continuing become a major challenge for the countries in the region.
Climate change is clearly happening, and it is undeniable that humans play a big role in speeding up the phenomenon. Is there anything that we can do to better translate climate resilience into practice?