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  • Writer's pictureSylvain Richer de Forges

Comparative analysis of sea level rise adaptations in south east asia

Addressing Sea Level Rise: Adaptation Policies in Southeast Asia 

As sea levels continue to rise, Southeast Asia faces unique challenges requiring robust adaptation policies. Let's delve into the proactive measures undertaken by various countries in the region:


Vietnam, with its extensive coastline, is highly vulnerable to sea level rise. The government has invested significantly in adaptation strategies, including building resilient infrastructure and implementing coastal protection measures. According to the Asian Development Bank (ADB), Vietnam allocated $176 million for climate resilience projects in 2023 alone.


Thailand has prioritized coastal zone management to mitigate the impacts of rising sea levels. The Royal Thai Government, in collaboration with international partners, has initiated projects such as mangrove restoration and flood control systems. ADB reports indicate Thailand's commitment to allocating over $500 million for climate adaptation efforts by 2025.


 Malaysia has adopted a comprehensive approach to address sea level rise, focusing on sustainable development and ecosystem preservation. The Malaysian government, as stated in the National Adaptation Plan, earmarked $200 million for climate resilience projects, including the protection of coastal communities and infrastructure.


Indonesia, with its archipelagic geography, faces multifaceted challenges from sea level rise. The government has integrated adaptation measures into national development plans, emphasizing community resilience and sustainable land-use practices. The World Bank highlights Indonesia's commitment to investing $1.8 billion in climate adaptation initiatives by 2025.


The Philippines has implemented a range of adaptation strategies, including the establishment of marine protected areas and the promotion of climate-resilient agriculture. According to the Climate Change Commission, the Philippine government has allocated approximately $600 million for adaptation programs, focusing on vulnerable coastal areas and island communities.

By highlighting these adaptation efforts, we recognize the importance of collaborative action and investment in building resilience against the impacts of climate change. Together, we can navigate the challenges of sea level rise and create a more sustainable future for Southeast Asia. 

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