Regional Development Mission for Asia Climate Vulnerability Profile
This vulnerability profile provides an overview of USAID program vulnerabilities for the Regional Development Mission for Asia (RDMA). Higher air and water temperatures and changes in precipitation patterns, floods, droughts, and sea level rise will impact human settlements and infrastructure, agricultural production, food security, the spread of pests and diseases, water quality and supply, energy, and transport and communication systems. Glacial melting can cause runoff, variation in river flows, and may increase glacial lake outburst floods. Climate changes can also damage or destroy forests, grasslands, mangroves, and coral reefs, which are rich in biodiversity. Climate change impacts can also impact human health directly or indirectly. Populations dependent on natural resources for their livelihoods and living in low-lying, coastal, and densely populated areas are highly vulnerable to climate change.
RDMA already has projects that address climate vulnerability and risk in various sectors and communities. The highest priority for regional programming is to ensure that government, communities, practitioners, the private sector, and civil society have access to appropriate information, tools, and methods needed to carry out assessments and make informed decisions on how to address challenges posed by climate changes.