Most Asian countries are considered medium risk when it comes to how vulnerable they are to the impact of climate change, says analyst.
Dr Richard Hewston, Principal Environmental Analyst at global risk consultancy Verisk Maplecroft which has come up with the Climate Change Vulnerability Index says:
“In Asia, Timor-Leste and the Philippines are the highest risk countries in the Climate Change Vulnerability Index (CCVI), with Indonesia and Cambodia also classified as high risk. Among the key risk drivers in Southeast Asia are increasingly variable rainfall patterns, which will likely amplify the prevalence of flooding and droughts. High rates of poverty and a reliance on climate-sensitive sectors, like agriculture, further heighten vulnerability.
Vulnerability to climate change in many of the region’s biggest cities is further compounded by unprecedented rates of urbanisation coupled with poor urban planning.