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Resilient Together: Managing Disaster and Climate Risks in South Asia

October 31, 2022




About the 13th OneSouthAsia Conversation: The 13th OneSouthAsia Conversation focused on collective action and collaboration needed across countries in South Asia to adapt and build resilience to climate-related disasters and challenges. The event was  held in partnership with the World Bank's Regional Integration and Engagement Program in South Asia, the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD) and the Third Pole. The conversation brought together a panel of experts from government, academia, civil society, and regional organizations to explore collaborative efforts required to build a climate-resilient South Asia.The event does not require any registration. 

Background and context: South Asia is among the most vulnerable regions to climate risks, and remains highly prone to cyclones, extreme monsoon rainfall variability, floods, food and water insecurity, and extreme heat from rising temperatures.  More than half of all South Asians or 750 million people were affected by one or more climate-related disasters in the last two decades.

A recent example is the devasting floods in Pakistan that impacted over 32 million people and caused damages estimated at around $10 billion. Floods and inundation of varying intensity was recorded across other countries including Afghanistan, Bangladesh, India, Nepal, and Sri Lanka. This followed soon after a deadly heatwave in South Asia, where the highest temperatures were recorded in 122 years in parts of the region.

The changing climate could sharply diminish living conditions for up to over 800 million people in a region that already has some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable populations.  Projected losses from climate change in the GDP per capita for South Asian countries are higher than the global average of about seven percent, with Bhutan facing a potential loss of 18%, Nepal 13%, India 10 %, and Pakistan 10 % in 2100.

The extreme weather events do not stop at borders or national boundaries. Given their devastating economic, social and development impact, there is a need for aggressive action at the country and regional level to better adapt and enhance resilience. This conversation will explore such solutions and collaborations across borders to build a resilient region.