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This publication, Guidelines for Climate Proofing Investment in the Transport Sector: Road Infrastructure Projects (henceforth Guidelines), aims to present a step-by-step methodological approach to assist project teams to incorporate climate change adaptation measures into transport sector investment projects. While the focus of the Guidelines is on the project level, an improved understanding of climate change impacts should also be used in the design of infrastructure planning and development policies and strategies to ensure appropriate resource allocation. Though the transport sector includes roads, waterways, rails, and airborne transport, this Guidelines focuses solely on road infrastructure.
Climate change is already a concern in Asia and the Pacific and its impacts are projected to intensify in the decades to come, threatening the development and security of the region. Countries in Asia and the Pacific are among the most vulnerable globally to the adverse
impacts of climate change, with poor and marginalized communities likely to suffer the most heavily.
The long-term strategic framework of ADB, Strategy 2020, and its climate change strategy, Addressing Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific: Priorities for Action, confirm our commitment to help developing member countries (DMCs) in Asia and the Pacific address the increasing challenges posed by climate change and to build a climate-resilient region. Adjusting to the need for climate-resilient development will mean integrating actions and responses to the physical, social, and economic impacts of climate change into all aspects of development planning and investment. Particularly, ADB is seeking to assist its DMCs to enhance the climate resilience of vulnerable sectors—such as transport, agriculture, energy, water, and health—by “climate- proofing” investments in these sectors to ensure their intended outcomes are not compromised by climate change.
However, due to the complexity and uncertainty of the factors that define climate risks and vulnerability, particularly at a project scale and in specific socioeconomic contexts, climate proofing can be a challenging activity. There are gaps in the guidance materials and information resources currently available to facilitate the climate proofing of investment projects within the region. In response, ADB is developing a technical resource package to assist both its own operational staff and those of DMC partners to manage climate-related risks throughout the project cycle. This package will encompass preliminary risk-screening tools, climate projections, and guidance in their interpretation and use. It also includes technical notes for climate proofing vulnerable investments in critical development sectors. The package reflects the growing experience of ADB and its partners in pilot testing a wide range of climate-proofing approaches, methods, and tools on diverse projects in various settings.
This publication is the first in a series of technical notes covering various sectors. It is intended to guide project teams as they integrate climate change adaptation and risk management into each step of project processing, design, and implementation. The technical note encompasses lessons learned and good practices identified through several completed and ongoing ADB road projects. We hope that it improves—and simplifies—the work of development professionals in their efforts to enhance the climate resilience of transport projects. We welcome comments and feedback, which will improve subsequent versions of this note.
ADB. 2011. Guidelines for Climate Proofing Investment in the Transport Sector: Road Infrastructure Projects. Manila: Asian Development Bank. [#4454]
Updated: June 27, 2022