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  • Writer's pictureSylvain Richer de Forges

Progress Update on SDG 13: Climate Action in Southeast Asia

Progress Update on SDG 13: Climate Action in Southeast Asia 

The commitment to sustainable climate action in Southeast Asia is yielding tangible results. Here are figures showcasing the region's strides towards a greener future:

Renewable Energy: 

Southeast Asia doubled its renewable energy capacity from 2014 to 2020, reaching 60GW, with Indonesia, the Philippines, and Vietnam leading the way in solar and wind energy adoption. (Source: Asian Development Bank)

Forest Cover:

Positive steps have been taken in forest conservation. Vietnam increased its forest cover from 27% in 1990 to 42% in 2020, while Indonesia, through rigorous efforts, reduced its deforestation rate by 75% from 2016 to 2020. (Source: ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity)

Electric Vehicles:

Governments are making strides in promoting electric mobility. Thailand aims to have 1.2 million electric vehicles on the roads by 2036, while Singapore targets phasing out petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040. (Source: ASEAN Secretariat)

Resilience against Sea-Level Rise: 

Coastal countries are bolstering resilience. The Philippines, facing severe weather events, has allocated over $4 billion for projects addressing climate change impacts on vulnerable communities. (Source: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific)

Sustainable Agriculture: 

Embracing sustainable agriculture practices, Cambodia and Laos have increased land under organic farming, with Cambodia reporting a 30% increase in organic farming areas. (Source: Food and Agriculture Organization)

These efforts are commendable, yet collaboration remains pivotal for amplifying these impacts. Let's continue partnering across sectors to accelerate progress towards a resilient and sustainable future for Southeast Asia and beyond! 

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