Publication of 2007 Top News on the Environment in Asia
Featuring top news reports from twenty-three countries in the Asia-Pacific region

4 April 2008

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Hayama, Japan, is pleased to announce the publication of 2007 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 Papua New Guinea contributing a report for the first time, this 2007 edition brings together more news items than ever before, with three organisations and twenty-three countries submitting a total of 125 articles. *1

The 2007 edition reports many news items on the serious impact of global warming such as glacial melting in the Himalayas and flooding due to concentrated heavy rainfalls, as well as on actions on global warming in the various countries in Asia including adaptation strategies for climate change, the promotion of co-benefits aiming for the multiplier effect on development and global warming policies, the active development of biofuels in the countries of Southeast Asia, and forest conservation for sustainable use of forest resources.

The rapid degradation of environmental quality along with high economic growth in Asia and a growing sense of crisis as a background factor, the news reports also include the progress of concrete efforts to cope with environmental issues by national governments and relevant organisations across such areas as air quality, water, waste and recycling and nature conservation.

*1 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, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Russia, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Viet Nam
Ms. Megumi Kido
PR Officer, IGES
2108-11 Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama, Kanagawa, 240-0115 Japan
Tel: +81 46-855-3734
Fax: +81 46-855-3709

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