The region’s developing countries have already replaced developed countries as the largest contributors to GHG emissions, while Asian cities are plagued with some of the highest levels of air pollution in the world. Scaling up technologies that reduce both GHG emissions and air pollution in cities is therefore part of the overarching framework for prioritising technologies within the energy and transport sectors.
Climate change will severely impact agricultural production and water sources in the Asia Pacific region. Combined with a large population, the impacts will have stark consequences for food security and for the region’s efforts to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in general. Managing these challenges requires scaling up the deployment of technologies for adaptation in the agriculture and water sectors in the Asia Pacific region. In addition, the many Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the region are particularly vulnerable to the impacts of climate change through rises in sea locations prone to natural disasters.
Since 2009 close to a hundred developing countries have joined the project, thirty of which are in the Asia Pacific region. Technical assistance, capacity-building and guidance are provided by UNEP and UNEP DTU Partnership, with its Regional Centres for the TNA project, which in the Asia Pacific region are the Asian Institute of Technology located in Thailand and the University of the South Pacific located in Fiji.