The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Hayama, Japan, is pleased to announce the publication of 2008 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. This 2008 edition brings together more news items than ever before, with three organisations and twenty-four countries submitting a total of 127 articles. *1
The fact that global warming was a focal issue of the Toyako Summit in Hokkaido, Japan in July 2008 indicates the heightened awareness of this urgent problem. In this year's edition of "Top News on the Environment in Asia", news on global warming has a central place, including items on the adoption of new energy policies (Australia energy policies, the Republic of Korea's long-term national energy strategy, Malaysia's plan for utilisation of new energy sources, Singapore's measures to mitigate greenhouse emissions, etc), the funding flows from advanced economies to countries vulnerable to climate change (Bangladesh, the Pacific island states), and growing interest in carbon trading covering forests focusing on REDD (Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Degradation in developing countries).
A hint that emerges from this edition is that Asian countries are initiating attempts to integrate climate policy into their national development planning, rather than thinking of it as a stand-alone policy. Examples include India's "National Action Plan on Climate Change" and Viet Nam's "National Target Programme to Respond to Climate Change and Sea Level Rise."
||3 organisations: IGES, United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP/ROAP), Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC)
24 countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Fiji, 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