Currently economic integration in East Asia is accelerating along with a political movement towards the creating of an East Asia Community. Regional economic integration could promote sustainability through generating higher incomes and facilitating clean technology transfer on one hand, but equally it could cause natural resource degradation and inequality led by overexploitation. Policy choices will determine which of these outcomes will emerge as a result of economic integration. Appropriate environmental policies that can both mitigate the negative impacts and enhance positive impacts are imperative to promote sustainable development in Asia.
RISPO-II is a contract research of the Ministry of the Environment, Japan.