2007 Top News on the Environment in Asia
Featuring top news reports from seventeen countries in the Asia-Pacific region

21December 2007

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Hayama, Japan, is pleased to announce the provisional 2007 Top News on the Environment in Asia.

IGES has been releasing a collection of the "Top News" every year since 1998. It 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. This 2007 provisional edition brings news items with three organisations and seventeen countries submitting 94 articles. *1

While these news reports 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.

This year, a number of news have been contributed concerning the global warming as the most urgent issue facing the world today. The Asia-Pacific region is one of the major sources of greenhouse gases and it is also likely to be affected by the severe impact of climate change. There are examples of the impact of climate change in various countries, from melting glaciers in the Himalayas to flooding due to torrential rain. Evidence of efforts to tackle climate change has been seen in the region such as "adaptation" to the effects of climate change, "co-benefits" aimed at maximising climate and development benefits, "biofuels" drawing attention as alternative fuel, and "forest conservation" to form sinks for greenhouse gases.

The news reports also include various topics such as air quality, water environment, waste and recycling or nature conservation.

The final version of "Top News" will be published in March 2008 with more news from Australia, Fiji, the Republic of Korea, Mongolia, Myanmar, Papua New Guinea and Sri Lanka.

Ms. Megumi Kido
PR Officer, IGES
2108-11 Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama, Kanagawa, 240-0115 Japan
Tel: +81 46-855-3734
Fax: +81 46-855-3709

*1 3 organisations: IGES, United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP/ROAP), Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC)
17 countries: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, The Philippines, Russian Federation, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

Top News on the Environment in Asia : IGES has been announcing the top news on the environment in the Asia-Pacific region every year since 1998 in order to collect and organise information about environmental issues and policy trends in this region, and to report on how this region addresses environmental problems and how it works to create a sustainable society. These news items have been chosen by our supporting organisations or researchers, and do not necessarily represent the official views of the countries and organisations concerned. Yet the news vividly communicates the recent trends and problems pertaining to the environment in this region.

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