Small Island Developing States (SIDS) in the Caribbean, Pacific, Africa and Indian Ocean are among the world’s most vulnerable countries to natural disasters, and climate change is expected to greatly increase their exposure to hurricanes, storm surges, extreme winds, and flooding. A report launched today by the World Bank says the transport sector can play a central role in reducing the vulnerability of SIDS.
The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Pakistan today signed a $335 million loan to help develop a Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system in Peshawar, the capital city of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The project will improve public transport of the city through a state of the art integrated BRT system.
In Puerto Princesa, a city in the southern Philippines, the government and motorized tricycle drivers have joined forces to reduce noise and air pollution through the use of cleaner technologies, repair and maintenance training, and alternative livelihoods.
Transport is playing a big role in delivering economic development to Africa. But as the demand for transport grows and cities expand, policy makers need to tackle transport challenges to make sure that all parts of society can benefit from this central driver of jobs and growth. Transport policies in Africa are of critical importance to the delivery of sustainable cities, healthy citizens and poverty eradication,” says Dr Dieter Schwela from Stockholm Environment Institute at the University of York.
This publication outlines the five priority areas and three modalities of ADB's approach to climate change: expanding the use of clean energy, encouraging sustainable transport and urban development, managing land use and forests for carbon sequestration, promoting climate-resilient development, and strengthening related policies and institutions.