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4 December 2019

Launch of Portal Site “Towards Osaka Blue Ocean Vision - G20 Implementation Framework for Actions on Marine Plastic Litter”

On 23 November, a portal site for information-sharing, updates, and outreach on marine plastic litter was launched as part of IGES’ support provided to the Japanese government. This site, the first of its kind, comprehensively covers actions and progress by G20 members and outreach countries, as well as international discussions and countermeasures on marine plastic litter.

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Upcoming Event “EU-Japan Climate Change Policy Symposium: Use of scenario analysis to form the long-term strategy under the Paris Agreement” on 6 December in Tokyo, at the Delegation of the European Union to Japan

IGES will co-host a symposium, with the Delegation of the European Union to Japan, to share knowledge and gaps around the topic of climate change policy. Analysis and modelling of scenarios represent a powerful means to consider long-term strategy, as they can be used to evaluate the opportunities and risks for regions and businesses heading towards a decarbonised society. With this in mind, the workshop is intended for organisations and experts from Japan and abroad.

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Activity Report “Workshop on the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) in Myanmar”

IGES, Myanmar’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation (MONREC), the Global Environment Centre Foundation (GEC), and the Overseas Environmental Cooperation Center (OECC) jointly organised a “Workshop on the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) in Myanmar”, on 4 November. The aim of the workshop was to disseminate information about the JCM in Myanmar, including its current status, various financial schemes, and the experiences of governments and project participants.

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Circular Economy and Plastics: A Gap-Analysis in ASEAN Member States Policy Report:
“Circular Economy and Plastics: A Gap-Analysis in ASEAN Member States”

(Lewis AKENJI/ Magnus BENGTSSON/ Mizuki KATO/ Matthew HENGESBAUGH/ Yasuhiko HOTTA/ Chika AOKI-SUZUKI/ Premakumara Jagath Dickella GAMARALALAGE/ Chen LIU)

This report details the outcome of a study on plastic pollution and circular economy carried out under the Enhanced Regional EU-ASEAN Dialogue Instrument (E-READI) programme, in collaboration with IGES. First it provides an overview of the current situation in the ASEAN region and identifies gaps in plastics management across its member states, and then presents five effective recommendations focused on regional initiatives that consider the transboundary nature of issues associated with plastics.


Sustainable Lifestyles Policy and Practice: Challenges and Way Forward Discussion Paper:
“Sustainable Lifestyles Policy and Practice: Challenges and Way Forward”

(Simon GILBY/ Caixia MAO/ Ryu KOIDE/ Atsushi WATABE/ Matthew HENGESBAUGH/ Dwayne APPLEBY/ Sudarmanto Budi NUGROHO/ Miho KAMEI/ Chen LIU/ Olga CHEPELIANSKAIA/ Edina VADOVICS)

This paper provides an overview of the current global situation for sustainable lifestyles, and explores challenges to how they are conceptualised and implemented. The paper highlights the need to further integrate well-being and environmental action, and draws attention to on going struggles with evaluation and scaling. Current practices and efforts to support the transition to sustainable ways of living are presented as an annex, with 32 case studies from around the world.


Peer-reviewed Article: "Local Climate Zone (LCZ) Map Accuracy Assessments Should Account for Land Cover Physical Characteristics that Affect the Local Thermal Environment" (Remote Sensing)

Peer-reviewed Article: "Carbon Footprints and Consumer Lifestyles: An Analysis of Lifestyle Factors and Gap Analysis by Consumer Segment in Japan" (Sustainability)

Peer-reviewed Article: "Lessons Learned for Future Transparency Capacity Building under the Paris Agreement: A Review of Greenhouse Gas Inventory Capacity Building Projects in Viet Nam and Cambodia" (Journal of Cleaner Production)

Peer-reviewed Article: "Multiple Conceptualizations of Nature are Key to Inclusivity and Legitimacy in Global Environmental Governance" (Environmental Science and Policy)

Peer-reviewed Article: "Hydrological Simulation for Predicting the Future Water Quality of Adyar River, Chennai, India" (International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health)

Peer-reviewed Article: “Which Cultural Ecosystem Services is More Important? A Best-worst Scaling Approach” (Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy)

Recruitment Research and Publications Unit of the Strategic Management Office calls for Internship applicants

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