The countries of Northeast Asia-China, the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (North Korea), Japan, Mongolia, the Republic of Korea (South Korea), and the Russian Federation-have complex histories, diverse cultures, and a wide range of political, demographic, and economic conditions. Today these countries are striving for greater dialogue and intra-regional economic activity. At the same time, they realize the importance of taking common approaches in addressing environmental problems on a regional basis. The aim of this paper is to provide a short overview of the present state of environmental cooperation at the institutional level in Northeast Asia and to discuss ways in which it can be improved. This overview was originally presented to the Woodrow Wilson Center in Washington, D.C. (Choi 2001).
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