Heading towards sustainable society
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) was established under an initiative of the Japanese government in 1998. Since April 2012, IGES has been conducting practical and innovative research as a public interest incorporated foundation, aiming to realise sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region.
This region is seeing rapid economic development, and with that comes urbanisation, lifestyle changes, and a rapid transformation of land-use from forests to land for other purposes. There is also an accompanying upsurge in resource consumption. Various environmental problems are emerging, such as depletion of natural resources including air, water and forests that support people’s lives, and an increase in waste products, as well as burgeoning GHG emissions. Another huge issue facing this region is on-going poverty. To overcome these problems and realise a sustainable society, what we need is a model that differs from existing development patterns. It is essential that we develop low-carbon, resource-saving strategies for this new model, based on new values.
IGES marks its 15th anniversary in fiscal 2013 and this is also the year we launch the Integrative Strategic Research Programme for the Sixth Phase. As we forge greater links with national governments, local authorities, international organisations, research institutes, businesses, NGOs and local communities, we are moving forward with research for a low-carbon, resource-saving and sustainable Asia-Pacific. At the same time, we continue to make effective policy proposals through being proactively involved in relevant policy-making processes at international, national and local levels. In this way, we hope to work as a “change agent”, facilitating the transition to a sustainable society and improving the well-being of people in the region,