Climate change & development in Asia & the Pacific

The Asia and Pacific region is home to a majority of the world's population and is without doubt an engine of economic growth and transformation. Many countries in the Asia and Pacific region are incredibly vulnerable to climate impacts, particularly our Pacific island neighbours and low-lying Asian nations such as Bangladesh.

Six of the ten countries most exposed to extreme climate events are in the Asia and Pacific region, with over 60% of the region's population currently work in sectors most at risk from climate change. Climate change is very likely to have a significant impact on regional food security and food prices. A 10% rise in food prices in this region could force an additional 64 million people into poverty. These issues of exposure, vulnerability community impact and potential food insecurity currently shape the research undertaken by ANU in this region.

At the broadest scale, this research theme examines climate mitigation and adaptation across the region. Using our inherent understanding of the drivers of climate change, we are able to explore the practical implications of impacts across different sectors and scales. Our research extends to marine, urban and rural contexts and includes community and government-based research partnerships to address resource management issues, behavioural change initiatives, social and institutional governance, as well as agricultural and ecological resilience.