Publication of 2006 Top News on the Environment in Asia
Featuring top news reports from twenty-three countries in the Asia-Pacific region

13 April 2006
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Hayama, Japan, is pleased to announce the publication of 2006 Top News on the Environment in Asia.

"Top News" is a compilation of important environmental news topics selected by environmental experts from the Asia-Pacific region as well as by international organisations and research institutes. With Fiji and Myanmar contributing reports for the first time, this 2006 edition brings together more news items than ever before, with three organisations and twenty-three countries submitting a total of 121 articles. *1

While these news stories do not necessarily reflect the official views of the countries or organisations concerned, they provide a comprehensive overview of environmental issues that these countries have faced over the past year.

The year 2006 marked the 50th anniversary since the Japanese Government officially acknowledged Minamata disease, which was the starting point of environmental issues in Japan. By coincidence, this year we received a large number of reports on serious water pollution such as frequent water pollution in China, the suffering of local residents due to industrial wastewater in Pakistan and oil spills from a tanker accident in the Philippines. Reports on waste - from poor waste management to activities for recycling - also increased this year with waste management becoming an important issue in Asian cities due to buoyant economic growth and rapid urbanisation.

Asia has been in extreme crisis with declining environmental quality driven by rapid environmental development. Since such trends may be accelerating, the further promotion of cooperation is expected beyond national borders in addition to the efforts by countries or relevant organisations.

- 3 organisations: IGES, United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP/ROAP),
Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC)
- 23 countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam.

Ms. Megumi Kido, PR Officer
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
2108-11 Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama, Kanagawa, 240-0115 Japan
Tel: +81-46-855-3700
Fax: +81-46-855-3709

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