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Pakistan potentially faces a major climate change challenge. A concerted effort by the government and civil society at all levels is required to mitigate these threats.
MANILA, PHILIPPINES (14 July 2017) — Unabated climate change would bring devastating consequences to countries in Asia and the Pacific, which could severely affect their future growth, reverse current development gains, and degrade quality of life, according to a report produced by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Potsdam Institute for Climate Impact Research (PIK).
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (9 June 2017) — The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and the Government of Pakistan today signed a loan agreement of $86.41 million for the extension of the Pehur High Level Canal in the Swabi and Nowshehra districts of Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province.
Xiaohong Yang, ADB’s Country Director for Pakistan, and Tariq Mahmood Pasha, Secretary Economic Affairs Division (EAD) for the Government of Pakistan, signed the loan agreement, and Tariq Rashid, KP’s Irrigation Department Secretary, signed the project agreement.
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN (24 November 2016) – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) today has approved a $200 million loan to strengthen Pakistan’s disaster risk management including support to the National Disaster Risk Management Fund (NDRMF) to reduce the country’s vulnerability to disasters from natural hazards, and climate variability and change.
As part of the support, a $1 million technical assistance grant has been approved for Capacity Building of Disaster Risk Management Institutions. ADB will also administer a $3.3 million grant provided by the Government of Australia.
The learning theme for the event focused on water-related disasters and climate change, managing vulnerability and risks within the Asia and Pacific region. This publication presents highlights from the event.
Over the long term, pressures on food and nutrition security in Asia and the Pacific are likely to intensify due to changing demographic and consumption patterns.
The Asia and the Pacific is one of the world’s most dynamic regions, where rapid transformations make it necessary to rethink strategies for food and nutrition security.
ADB program in Pakistan has provided loans, grants and technical assistance to grow the country’s economy and improve the lives of people, particularly the poor, women, children and other vulnerable groups.
ADB has provided Pakistan with more than $27 billion in loans and over $531 million in grants since 1966.
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved assistance of over $220 million to help Pakistan rebuild and upgrade roads, bridges and other high-priority infrastructure damaged by the devastating 2014 floods.
ISLAMABAD, PAKISTAN – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Pakistan today signed a loan of $42.9 million for upgrading water management and irrigation systems in Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), paving the way for the conflict affected tribal communities to increase their farmland productivity and income.
Mohammad Saleem Sethi, Secretary Economic Affairs Division for the Government of Pakistan, and Werner E. Liepach, ADB’s Country Director for Pakistan, signed the agreement.
MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a loan of $42.9 million to provide reliable irrigation for farmlands and non-cultivated lands in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) in Pakistan.
“Irrigated farmlands in FATA will boost productivity and enable farmers to earn higher incomes by producing higher-value crops, including vegetables,” said Donneth Walton, an ADB Principal Natural Resources and Agriculture Specialist. “This will reduce poverty and boost household food security.”
Water availability has a tremendous impact on water resources development and socioeconomic sustainability, particularly in arid and semiarid areas. A thorough assessment of water availability and demand is essential in preparing any water resources development and management plan. In fact, if water is to be managed in a sustainable way planners and managers must know how much there is and how much of it is needed, particularly in arid and semi-arid regions.
MANILA, PHILIPPINES — Impressive economic gains in Asia and the Pacific are otherwise diminished by still widespread poverty and growing inequality, calling for urgent implementation of inclusive growth approaches among the region’s countries, says a new study.
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MANILA, PHILIPPINES – The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has approved a $430 million equivalent loan to expand and strengthen Pakistan’s national social safety net program, which is helping to lift millions of families out of poverty.
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MANILA, PHILIPPINES — The growing incidence of natural disasters in Asia and the Pacific—where four of five cities globally classified as at extreme risk are located—threatens to undermine seriously rapid economic progress, calling for a much stronger focus among governments on disaster prevention, says a new study from Independent Evaluation at the Asian Development Bank.
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