The Internet of Things covers a wide range of digital technologies that can help cities harness real-time data to efficiently manage complex urban systems, including water, energy, waste, and transportation. Photo: ADB.

Internet-connected “smart” devices can help transform fast-developing cities in Asia and the Pacific into safe and sustainable urban centers.

The Lab gathers new ideas to encourage more private sector investment for environment-friendly projects in developing countries.

Locals pack locally grown apples in Tukche village. Nepal’s federal system is expected to impact agroincome tax in the country. (Photo credit: ADB.)

The new constitution of Nepal has introduced a three-tier structure of federal government (federal, province, and local) and all three levels have the constitutional power to enact laws, prepare budgets, and mobilize their own resources.

 In Viet Nam, smart cards help people, including the poor, connect to government services. Photo by Edsel Roman.

Proven solutions include digitizing paperwork, integrating databases, using smart cards and digital payments, and transmitting emergency assistance via mobile phones. 

The community can play a key role in post-disaster recovery and reconstruction. Photo credit: Higashi Matsushima City.

After a devastating earthquake and tsunami struck Japan in 2011, communities in Higashi Matsushima City led recovery efforts and built a smart city.

Azerbaijan is in the process of a diversifying its economy beyond reliance on its abundant energy resources. Photo credit: ADB.

Azerbaijan has leveraged its vast energy resources to elevate the country to upper middle-income status.

In Mongolia, climate change has worsened the effects of a dzud, an unusually dry summer followed by a severe winter. The phenomenon can be devastating to livestock on which many people rely for food and livelihood. Photo credit: ADB.

Risk reduction, retention, and transfer are risk management approaches that can be used to address loss and damage associated with climate change impacts.

One of the challenges faced by the global community is how to cover the loss and damage from climate change that cannot be prevented by mitigation and adaptation efforts. Photo credit: ADB.

The lack of a dedicated financial mechanism to address climate-related loss and damage underscores the need for innovative ways to address this funding gap.

Healthy ecosystems increase the resilience of communities; their degradation can exacerbate climate impacts and place populations at risk. Photo credit: ADB.

Protecting and enhancing natural ecosystems and biodiversity can increase resilience in Asia and the Pacific.




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