The UK unveiled £274mn of support towards building resilience in the Indo-Pacific region to boost local climate adaptation efforts.
The seven-year Climate Action for a Resilient Asia (CARA) programme will partner with governments, regional institutions, cities, local communities and the private sector to help build resilience against the impacts of climate change.
The partnership programmes will be led by the UK Met Office, Asian Development Bank, World Bank, UN Development Programme, and the International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development.
The programme has set out aims to support 14.4 million people to adapt to climate change, generate approximately £1.4bn of public and private finance for climate resilience and protect up to £130mn of natural ecosystems and biodiversity.
Up to £50mn of the total will be provided to the World Bank to strengthen climate resilience in Asia through building regional capacity and expertise to manage climate risk.
Hartwig Schafer, regional vice president for the South Asia region at the World Bank said. “Climate change is forcing South Asia to adapt to a changing annual monsoon, melting glaciers, and shrinking coastlines.
“This generous funding from the United Kingdom will help the region’s resilience to better manage climate risks and reduce the poverty and vulnerability of millions of people.”
Amanda Milling, the UK minister for Asia, said: “Countries across the Indo-Pacific region are on the frontlines of the climate crisis, with vulnerable communities threatened by rising seas, frequent typhoons and drought.
“This major new support from the UK, delivered through a range of regional partners, will help local communities, cities and governments to strengthen their resilience to climate change and promote low carbon growth.
“Biodiversity will be protected, weather forecasting improved, cities designed to withstand floods and storms, and funds mobilised to the grassroots community groups that need them most.”