IGES launches Policy Briefs
Inaugural issue: Networking International Recycling Zones in Asia

2 June 2005

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) is launching a series of policy briefs, to send out the research outcomes of our researchers as clear and timely policy proposals for government agencies, international organisations, businesses, NGOs and others all over the world. They will raise the latest issues concerning sustainable development, and provide appropriate policy options.

The inaugural issue being published today proposes "networking international recycling zones in Asia" aimed at increasing resource efficiency in Asia and at resolving environmental issues in developing countries, as a concrete policy measure to promote the "international market in recyclable materials and remanufactured goods" in a sound manner, which was one of the main topics at the Ministers Meeting on the 3R Initiative* held in Tokyo in April this year. We plan to distribute this inaugural issue to the participants at the 13th Environment Congress for Asia and the Pacific (ECO ASIA 2005), being held in Gifu on 4-5 June, including Environment Ministers from each country.

Based on the research outcomes of the themes currently being pursued - "Climate Policy", "Forest Conservation", "Urban Environmental Management", "Freshwater Resources Management", "Industry and Sustainable Society" and "Long-term Perspectives and Policy Integration", IGES will produce policy briefs several times a year on timely topics and circulate them through its global research networks.

3R means Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. At the G-8 summit held on 8-10 June 2004 in the United States, participants agreed to the 3R initiative, which advocates the establishment of a recycling-based society by globally promoting the 3Rs. Based upon this agreement, the Ministerial Conference for the 3R Initiative was held on 29-30 April 2005 in Tokyo, Japan. Discussions at this conference highlighted differences in the opinions of developed countries and developing counties regarding promotion of the trade of recyclables and remanufactured goods. The primary concern of developing countries was that the implementation of such a policy would increase their risk of becoming a dumping ground for waste generated by developed countries. The results of the Ministerial Conference for the 3R Initiative in Tokyo will be reported at the G-8 summit held in July 2005 in UK.

Ms. Megumi Kido
PR Officer, IGES
2108-11 Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama, Kanagawa, 240-0115 Japan
Tel: +81 46-855-3734
Fax: +81 46-855-3739

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