Ecosystem Services

Evidence and urban resilience in Nepal

Stories from the field Author: Kamal Devkota, Kaustuv Raj Neupane

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 Nepal paper is available through this link.

Zinia talks on her research about adaptation strategies in Dhaka

Bangladesh faces multi-dimentional challenges related to population growth, rapid urbanisation, land use change, and natural hazards. But, the severity of these challenges is event more intense given the likely climate change in terms of salinity intrusion, sea level rise, scarcity of fresh water, and increasing frequent of extreme events.

As a citizen of Dhaka, she has witnessed how the city has been growing in an unplanned manner. So, she has tried to learn about these issues and tried to assess why this happens and what we can do as individuals. 

Climate change resilience through mangroves, a Mumbai case study

Our cities are expanding in all directions, urbanising at a fast pace, at the cost of environmental degradation, giving way to climate change. The climate change impacts are multi dimensional , the major physical impact will be from the temperature increase and sea level rise. It is predicted that around 40 million people will be affected in India by 2050. The coastal cities will be most affected, especially when there is vast income disparities. Mumbai City is one of the most vulnerable city to sea level rise. Mangroves are the key climate change resilience component for coastal cities.

We want more people to be aware of the issues of biodiversity because it's our common responsibility

Member Interview Author: Nyoman Prayoga, Ahmad Baihaqi


Ahmad Baihaqi is a young role model to many of his peers. Abay, as people usually call him, is very active with the Biodiversity Warriors community from Kehati Foundation in Jakarta, Indonesia. Abay is very passionate about promoting the importance of biodiversity, especially in Jakarta, an urban area. He admitted that it is not easy since biodiversity is not a popular topic and many young people have many other interests. This July, ACCCRN interviewed him about his role and activity in the Biodiversity Warriors community.

Evidence and urban resilience in Thailand

Stories from the field Author: Pakamas Thinphanga

Over the last 25 years, Thailand has industrialised and successfully achieved the status of Newly Industrialised Country. While urbanisation is dominated by Bangkok, which accounts for nearly 80% of the country’s total urban area, urban centres in secondary cities are growing at a much faster rate. Issues of drastic land use change, inadequate urban systems and critical infrastructure, pollution and contamination, and inequality and poverty are manifested much of Thailand. The interaction of urbanisation and climate change create new forms and magnitudes of risks and compound vulnerabilities. Urban governments and communities must deal with increasingly complex challenges in response to shocks and crises.