Why resilient cities are important to ASEAN's future

Opinion Author: Ashvin Dayal

To sustain ASEAN’s economic progress over the next 50 years, its leaders must commit to focusing on climate change.

Manila, where ASEAN leaders are gathering this week, is a reminder of the region’s remarkable growth, and of one of its biggest challenges.

The bustling Philippine metropolis epitomizes how 50 years of robust economic expansion has prompted unprecedented urban migration in Southeast Asia. But it also illustrates the vulnerability of the region’s booming mega-cities, many of which lay exposed to extreme weather events.   


For a more resilient world, promote women's leadership: expert

Opinion Author: Megan Rowling

Understanding better how women are affected by disasters, economic shocks and other crises is key to helping their communities ride out pressures including climate change, a top resilience expert says.

But putting them in the driver's seat to deal with the problems is equally crucial, she said.

Sundaa Bridgett-Jones, senior associate director with The Rockefeller Foundation, said women are often resourceful in finding ways for their families to bounce back from disasters.


Bugler: Communications on climate issues can move public opinion to change policy

ACCCRN Champion Author: Arfiana Khairunnisa, Will Bugler

“Talk more and talk better,” said Will Bugler when he pointed to other practitioners and communicators in the field of climate change resilience.

“As a researcher or a scientist, you can increase the impact of your work by taking your findings to the communities that you feature in your research,” he continues.


Evidence and urban resilience in Vietnam

Stories from the field Author: Huy NGUYEN

This paper is one of a series ACCCRN has commissioned as a set of scoping studies supported by our collaborating partner, the Ecosystem Services for Poverty Alleviation programme (ESPA). They provide insight into how evidence is used (or not) in urban decision-making in the context of ecosystem hazards as cities expand into their broader landscapes. The full Vietnam paper is available through this link.


Motivating ordinary Bangladeshis to respond to extreme weather

Takeaways Author: Shihan Zuberi

BBC Media Action’s research found that many people still weren’t doing anything in response to environmental changes. Inaction stemmed from the fact that people didn’t know what to do, didn’t think they had enough money to do anything or felt they needed help from the government to do something. This state of affairs is unlikely to stay sustainable if the environmental situation becomes increasingly unforgiving.