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The Economics of Climate Change in Southeast Asia: A Regional Review

This report, published by the Asian Development Bank, examines the economics of climate change in Southeast Asia. The report focuses on Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam in particular. It is found that the region is particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change due to its heavily populated coastal areas and its reliance on agriculture. Therefore, Southeast Asia will be required to undertake a relatively high proportion of adaptation measures. It is also argued that the region has a great deal of potential in terms of climate change mitigation and the region should aim to play an important role in a global solution to the climate change crisis. The report concludes by offering a series of policy recommendations relating to: mitigation; adaptation; funding, technology transfer, and international/region cooperation; government policy co-ordination and undertaking more research on climate-related issues.