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  • Writer's pictureSylvain Richer de Forges

Comparative analysis of Extreme Heat Adaptation in South East Asia

Excited to share insights on Southeast Asia's Extreme Heat Adaptation strategies! As temperatures soar, let's explore how each country is tackling this challenge:


Thailand is implementing heat-resilient infrastructure projects, including green roofs and reflective pavements, to mitigate urban heat island effects, as per the Asian Development Bank (ADB).The government is also promoting heat-health action plans to protect vulnerable populations during heatwaves, according to the ADB.


Vietnam is investing in climate-resilient agriculture techniques, such as drought-resistant crops and water-efficient irrigation systems, to mitigate the impacts of extreme heat on food security, as reported by the World Bank.Additionally, the government is enhancing early warning systems and community-based adaptation initiatives to reduce heat-related risks, per the World Bank.


Indonesia is focusing on green infrastructure development and urban greening projects to cool cities and improve air quality, as highlighted by The Jakarta Post.The government is also promoting sustainable land use practices and forest conservation efforts to mitigate heat-related disasters, according to research by the University of Indonesia.


The Philippines is implementing heat-smart urban planning strategies, such as increasing green spaces and promoting building designs that enhance natural ventilation, as per the Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA).PAGASA is also collaborating with local governments to develop heat-resilient housing designs and community cooling centers to protect vulnerable communities during heatwaves.


Malaysia is integrating heat-resilient design standards into urban development projects and retrofitting existing infrastructure to withstand extreme temperatures, according to the Malaysian Meteorological Department.The government is also investing in public education campaigns to raise awareness about heat-related risks and promote adaptive behaviors, as highlighted by The Lancet.

These adaptation efforts demonstrate the region's commitment to building resilience in the face of climate change. Together, let's continue to innovate and collaborate for a more sustainable future!

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