MANILA, Sept. 10 (Xinhuanet) -- Asian Development Bank (ADB) President Tadao
Chino Wednesday called for more efforts by the international community to reduce
many threats posed by global warming so as to secure sustainable development.
Chino told a regional forum here that a number of innovative initiatives
and approaches have been made in recent years to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
on a global scale.
"We need to build upon this momentum in order to address both the causes
and the effects of global warming," he said at the opening session of the
three-day Southeast Asia Forum on Greenhouse Gas Mitigation, Market Mechanisms
and Sustainable Development.
Some 300 representatives from government, the private and nongovernmental
organizations in the region as well as from members of the Organization of
Economic Cooperation and Development are attending the forum, co-hosted by the
ADB and the Philippine Department of Environment and Natural Resources.
"Climate change is a serious global challenge," said Chino. "The industrial
and agricultural development of the past several decades has contributed to the
emission of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases on a scale that is
changing the delicate ofour climate system."
Developing countries will definitely bear the brunt of the adverse impacts
of global climate change, and the poor will sufferthe most, he said.
Rising temperatures resulting from the increasing levels of greenhouse
gases in the atmosphere contribute to rising sea levels,which can inundate
low-lying islands and coastline and directly impact poor communities, according
to the ADB president.
Higher temperatures are also expected to intensify storms and droughts
which, in turn, can have severe impacts on the health andlivelihood of the poor
around the world, he added.
Chino said the ADB has been working with many of its
developingmember countries to strengthen their capacities in the area of
greenhouse gas abatement, such as helping them prepare least-cost plans and
identifying approaches for promoting energy efficiency and renewable energy.