IGES White Paper V
Published: July 2015
Copyright: IGES
Full Report (3.5MB)

Greening Integration in Asia:
How Regional Integration Can Benefit People and the Environment

Regional Integration is stepping up in Asia. The launch of the ASEAN community by the end of 2015 and the possible establishment of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP) and the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) signal a new era of deepened regional integration. These and other regional initiatives will influence how Asia develops over the coming decades.

The new IGES White Paper underscores that the benefits of regional integration need to be long-lasting and shared. It cautions that a narrow emphasis on short-term economic gains could undermine the region’s prospects for lasting prosperity by undermining the region’s natural resource base and deepen inequalities within and among countries. However, regional integration also offers opportunities for countries to collaborate and to jointly make development more inclusive, resilient and long-lasting.

The White Paper is hopeful that leaders in Asia will grasp the opportunities of regional integration to contribute to sustainable development and resist the pressures for a harmful race to the bottom.

Table of Contents
Executive Summary PDF (122 KB)
Chapter 1 Greening Asia’s Integration: An Urgent Challenge PDF (356 KB)
Chapter 2 Where is Asia Heading? Trends and Issues for Regional Integration and Sustainability PDF (1.1 MB)
Chapter 3 Regional Integration and Sustainable Development: Experiences from Asia and Beyond PDF (356 KB)
Chapter 4 ASEAN Community and the Sustainable Development Goals: Positioning Sustainability at the Heart of Regional Integration PDF (321 KB)
Chapter 5 Sustainable Management of Natural Forests in the Asia-Pacific Region: Implications of Regional Economic Integration and Measures to Avoid Potential Environmental Harm PDF (417 KB)
Chapter 6 Greening the Trade of Recyclable Materials: Recycling Certification for Improved E-waste Management in East Asia PDF (821 KB)
Chapter 7 Air Pollution and Regional Economic Integration in East Asia: Implications and Recommendations PDF (329 KB)
Chapter 8 Water-Food-Energy Nexus Approach: Towards Green Regional Cooperation in Southeast Asia PDF (614 KB)
Chapter 9 Low Carbon Technology Transfer in the Context of Asian Regional Integration PDF (401 KB)
Chapter 10 Building Capacity for Environmentally Sustainable Trade in Asia: Toward a Coherent Approach PDF (513 KB)
Chapter 11 Conclusions: Steps to Greening Integration PDF (157 KB)

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