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8 June 2020

Press Release “Implications of COVID-19 for the Environment and Sustainability”

The COVID-19 pandemic, which has devastated communities at all levels around the world, has numerous environmental, social and economic implications. As governments and non-state actors begin to consider pathways toward economic recovery, issues regarding the environment and sustainability — both pre-existing and emerging — must be considered. On 14 May, IGES released a position paper on the implications of COVID-19 and potential IGES approaches, while also launching a special webpage on COVID-19. The webpage is a resource that will provide research and insights on building a more resilient and inclusive Asia-Pacific region after COVID-19.

Press release:  here

Special webpage:  here

MOU Between IGES and START International for Advancing the Regional Circulating and Ecological Sphere Approach in Asia

On 28 May, IGES and START International signed a Memorandum of Understanding on mutual activities over the next four years. Together, the organisations will collaborate to advance research and capacity building that strengthens understanding and promotes utilisation of the Regional Circulating and Ecological Sphere (Regional/Local-CES) concept, in order to address sustainability challenges in Asia. To this end, joint activities during the first phase of work will include consultation workshops in South Asia and Southeast Asia focused on the Regional/Local-CES framework in the context of regional/local needs and priorities.

More details available  here

IGES researcher receives “International Outstanding Collaboration Award” from the Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE)

On 14 May, Dr. Sudarmanto Budi Nugroho, a research manager in the City Task Force at IGES, received the 2019 International Outstanding Collaboration Award from the Japan Society of Civil Engineers (JSCE). The award recognises promising non-Japanese citizens who have made “contributions to the progress and development of civil engineering and/or infrastructure improvement in Japan or other countries, through the exchange and collaboration with Japan”.

More details available  here

Contribution to an innovative marine plastic pollution management project in ASEAN

On 13 May, IGES formally announced its support for "Closing the Loop", a project co-led by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) and the Japanese government. As a partner agency of ESCAP, IGES will develop a practical plan to prevent and reduce marine plastic pollution by utilising the latest digital technologies and conducting field surveys in Viet Nam, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand. IGES’ contribution to this project began in April and will continue until March of next year.

More details available  here

“How Can the Asia-Pacific Achieve the SDGs in the COVID-19 Era?: Sectoral Integration and Social Inclusion”

On 18 May, IGES held a virtual side event for APFSD to share how countries and other stakeholders in the Asia-Pacific region can work across sectors and levels to achieve the SDGs in the COVID-19 era. At the same time, the SDGs can ensure that pandemic stimulus and recovery plans recognise how ecological limits are interrelated with human activities. Leveraging the SDGs to identify these interrelationships in pandemic recoveries will require governments to become more adept at engaging diverse segments of society. Sectoral integration and social inclusion should therefore feature prominently on development agendas in Asia and the Pacific.

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Implications of COVID-19 for the Environment and Sustainability “Implications of COVID-19 for the Environment and Sustainability”

Submission to Policy Process

The COVID-19 pandemic has become an all-consuming global crisis, which also brings with it environmental challenges. This paper identifies key issues for the short-, medium- and long-term through the lens of the environment and sustainability, and looks at how IGES can lead research for an effective, multilateral response on the implications of COVID-19.


“Transformational Change Methodology: Assessing the Transformational Impacts of Policies and Actions” (Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT)) “Transformational Change Methodology: Assessing the Transformational Impacts of Policies and Actions” (Initiative for Climate Action Transparency (ICAT))

Training / Learning Material


“IGES NDC Database” (Version 7.3) “IGES NDC Database” (Version 7.3)

Data / Tool

Updated with information from Chile, Japan, New Zealand and Singapore, based on their second Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).


“Impact of COVID-19 on Japan and India: Climate, Energy and Economic Stimulus” “Impact of COVID-19 on Japan and India: Climate, Energy and Economic Stimulus”

Working Paper


Peer-reviewed Articles:
“Participatory Approach for More Robust Water Resource Management: Case Study of the Santa Rosa Sub-Watershed of the Philippines” (Water)

“Explaining the Spread of Online Taxi Services in Semarang, Bogor and Bandung, Indonesia: A Discrete Choice Analysis” (Travel Behaviour and Society)

“Scenario Analysis of Renewable Energy–Biodiversity Nexuses Using a Forest Landscape Model” (Frontiers in Ecology and Evolution)

Recruitment The Research and Publications Unit of the Strategic Management Office Calls for Internship Applicants

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