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Agricultural certification schemes are increasingly requiring concession holders to prevent deforestation when they develop plantations but do not sufficiently address forest restoration, which is necessary to prevent further biodiversity loss. This policy brief recommends, by focusing on palm oil, that agricultural certification schemes strengthen...

Peer-reviewed Article
In Atmosphere
Author:
Charlotte
Unger
Nathan
Borgford-Parnell
Kathleen
Mar

Few challenges pose a greater threat to a healthy planet and people than air pollution and climate change. Over the past three decades, research has demonstrated that integrated solutions to air pollution and climate change can yield co-benefits that support cost-effective, coherent policies. However, research on co-benefits has yet to generate...

Peer-reviewed Article
In APN Science Bulletin
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CONSERVATION, RESTORATION AND management of forest resources are critical for addressing climate change. Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs) are a vehicle for targeted climate actions, including those related to forest management, by countries towards contributing global efforts agreed under the Paris Agreement. Operationalizing climate...

Peer-reviewed Article
In World Food Policy

This article asks how to achieve food waste prevention in Asia from a governance perspective by looking at Japan, Thailand, and Vietnam as case studies. Aligning stakeholders behind preventive measures on food waste requires a context-appropriate mix of hierarchical, market, and network modes of governance. This article analyzes current food waste...

Discussion Paper

Intensifying ecological crises, such as climate change, the melting Arctic, and uncontrolled destruction of habitat and biodiversity, are increasingly exposing the shortcomings of resource-intensive development models. One of the concepts helping policymakers steer a course change is sustainable consumption production and consumption (SCP). A...

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Report Chapter
In Climate Ambition beyond Emission Numbers: Taking Stock of Progress by Looking Inside Countries and Sectors

Japan has raised its climate ambition by declaring its commitment to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050, and by setting a new target of reducing its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 46% against 2013 levels by 2030. This chapter provides a perspective on how Japan’s ambition has evolved since 2015, in terms of domestic discourse, governance to...

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Peer-reviewed Article
In Mitigation and Adaptation Strategies for Global Change
Author:
Nguyen Hong
Duc
Ram
Avtar
Pham Phuong
Lan

Rapid population growth, urbanization, industrialization, and climate change are the key drivers causing serious water pollution around the globe. Considering the impacts of these key drivers, this study employed the Water Evaluation and Planning (WEAP) simulation tool to simulate the future water quality in a nearly 60-km stretch of the Hau River...

Policy Report
ESCAP/North- East Asian Sub-regional Programme for Environmental Cooperation
Author:
Yang
Li
Meian
Chen
Diego
Montero
Ben
Abraham
Sangin
Kang

This report analyses and compares the low carbon city policies and practices of China, Japan, and the Republic of Korea, with the goal of identifying sector-specific and city-specific good practices that may be instructive to researchers and policymakers in the wider NEA region. It examines key national-level carbon mitigation policies and sector...

Discussion Paper

Japanese companies have pioneered the development of a large number of low-carbon technologies (LCTs). As a rapidly expanding economy with burgeoning energy requirements, India offers a significant potential market for Japanese LCTs. The industry sector in India accounts for a significant share of commercial energy use and hence carbon dioxide (CO2...

Book Chapter
In Aligning Climate Change and Sustainable Development Policies in Asia

The widespread adoption of low emissions technologies in rapidly developing countries is critical to resolving the climate emergency.1 However, many fast growing economies lack the energy efficient, renewable, and other advanced technologies needed to mitigate climate change. Technology transfer could help address these countries need. Yet the...