Financing Net Zero Is Not Just about Money. Innovative Solutions, Incentives, and Policies also Needed

Meeting Southeast Asia's net-zero targets is hinged on how fast both the public and public sectors can mobilize capital to finance climate investments.


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ASEAN's Just Transition Entails Reskilling a Diversified Workforce

Making the labor force more diverse, inclusive, and capable of taking on green jobs is crucial for Southeast Asian nations to reach their net-zero goals by 2050. 


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Why Cities Need Better Connectivity

Better connectivity can provide insight and understanding in building cities so that synergies can be achieved, interventions designed, performance optimized, value created, and well-being advanced. 


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Protecting Coastlines and Communities with Nature-Based Solutions

Coastal nature-based solutions are interventions designed with nature to restore ecosystems, reverse biodiversity loss, manage water quality, and tackle the negative effects of climate change on infrastructure and society.



Paving the Way for the Next-Generation Digital Startups

Talent, education, funding, connectedness, legal environment, and infrastructure are vital enablers for a thriving  ecosystem for next-generation digital startups. 


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Overcoming the Challenge: Effective Solid Waste Management on a Budget

A devastating methane gas explosion in a landfill in Bandung, Indonesia is a painful reminder on the need for proper solid waste management.


Reimagining a Greener Tourism as Travelers Demand Sustainability

New opportunities are emerging for net-zero tourism as travelers in Asia and the Pacific now demand sustainable options and are willing to spend more to shrink their carbon footprint as well as support local communities.


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SEADS 2023: Climate Action Urgently Needed

Accelerating the adoption of solutions that can mitigate climate impacts and advance decarbonization now more urgent than ever, say experts.


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With annual cash waqf donations estimated at around $12 billion and total land waqf assets at $134 billion, authorities are now considering using these Islamic endowments to fight climate change.

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MSMEs are the first and last mile of the economy. As such, more concerted support for MSMEs to chart a greener way forward is needed, from governments, platform companies, and new digital solutions providers.

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Education systems need retooling to meet the growing demand for higher digital skills.


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ASEAN Policy Network

Amid increasing demand for knowledge from developing member countries (DMCs) in Southeast Asia, ADB's ASEAN Policy Network facilitates knowledge sharing and collaboration within and between its operational and central knowledge departments and seeks to build relationships with academes, think tanks, research institutions, and other partners.

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Southeast Asia Sustainable Tourism Hub

With Southeast Asia’s tourism industry still reeling from the impact of COVID-19, ADB is increasing its support for investments, capacity development, and knowledge to accelerate an inclusive and sustainable recovery.


 Climate Change and Earthquake Exposure in Asia and the Pacific: Assessment of Energy and Transport Infrastructure cover photo.

This study analyzes the exposure of energy and transport assets in Asia and the Pacific to climate change and earthquake hazards.

Highlights: Southeast Asia Development Symposium 2022: Sustainable Solutions for Southeast Asia’s Recovery cover photo.

This publication recaps proceedings during ADB's Southeast Asia Development Symposium 2022. It highlights the solutions that address challenges from the pandemic.

Unlocking Islamic Climate Finance cover photo.

This report analyzes how Islamic finance can be scaled up to help build urgently needed climate-resilient infrastructure in the Asia and the Pacific, and ensure its post-COVID-19 recovery is green, sustainable, and inclusive.

Webinar Recordings

Changing Workforce in the Post-COVID-19 World event banner.

This webinar examined the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic and the emerging trends in Southeast Asia's labor markets, particularly for women and the youth, and what needs to be done to ensure a resilient and inclusive workforce in a post-COVID-19 world.

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This webinar discussed the implications of competing short-, medium-, and long-term challenges on the region’s prospect for building a resilient and sustainable recovery. It also explored policy instruments that could be used to address such challenges.

Building Blocks for a Cloud-First Environment event banner.

This webinar focused on enhancing collective understanding about the cloud, its benefits, and the policy best practices for building a cloud-first environment.

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What is SEADS?

The Southeast Asia Development Solutions—SEADS—is a knowledge and innovation platform under the Asian Development Bank. In tandem with its partner program, the Southeast Asia Development Symposium,  SEADS aims to help crystallize thinking on relevant and critical issues in the region, and support countries in becoming prosperous, knowledge-based, and sustainable.

Sowing SEADS of Growth

Discover the latest cutting-edge breakthroughs that can help countries tackle pressing challenges.

Hear from leading minds and trailblazers from industry, technology, the public sector, and academia.

Interact with problem-solvers and next-generation thinkers from Southeast Asia and beyond.