Press Release:
2009 Top News on the Environment in Asia
Featuring top news reports from twenty countries in the Asia-Pacific region
28 December 2009

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Hayama, Japan, is pleased to announce the provisional publication of 2009 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 from twenty countries*1 in the region. This 2009 edition focuses on three topics of "Global Warming", "Biodiversity" and "Sustainable Consumption and Production", which are most critical environment issues in Asia.

Global Warming
While no significant progress was evident toward the formation of the next climate regime at the COP15, held in Copenhagen, Denmark in December, in preparation for this conference, the countries of Asia dispatched to the world reports on their efforts on global warming mitigation. Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea, China and India all released concrete mid-term targets. Further, some grave effects of global warming and the necessity for adaptive measures were reported, including the collapse of glacial lakes (Bhutan) and damages from large-scale typhoons and cyclones (Lao PDR, Bangladesh).
While reports on various activities to preserve wild animals and plants were made by the countries of Asia, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) pointed out an increase in plant and animal species threatened with extinction, warning that achievement of international strategy "2010 targets", aimed to reduce the rate of biodiversity loss by 2010, is doubtful.
Sustainable Consumption and Production
Asian regional partnerships were initiated in the establishment of the Regional 3R Forum in Asia in November, where numerous reports were made on new efforts related to recycling of solid waste, including home electronics (India, Australia, China, New Zealand, Bangladesh, Malaysia). Moreover, a trend toward promoting efficient use of resources and greening of production processes was also evident (Vietnam, Nepal, Thailand).

The completed edition will be published by the end of March 2010 together with the news from other countries. *2

*1 3 organisations: IGES, United Nations Environment Programme Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific (UNEP/ROAP), Regional Environmental Centre for Central Asia (CAREC)
20 countries: Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, the Philippines, Russian Federation, Singapore, Thailand and Viet Nam
*2  Mongolia, Myanmar and Sri Lanka

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For enquiries about this press release please contact:
Ms. Eiko Kitamura, Publication Officer, IGES,

Ms. Megumi Kido, Public Relations Officer,

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
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Tel: +81-46-855-3720 Fax: +81-46-855-3709

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