Sustainable Asia 2005 and Beyond: In the pursuit of innovative policy

IGES published its first white paper entitled, "Sustainable Asia 2005 and Beyond - In the pursuit of innovative policies," which consolidates the primary outcomes of its policy research for sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific region since its establishment in 1998.
Driven by buoyant economic development and continuous population growth, Asia is exerting exponential pressure on natural resources and the environment and it is feared that such trends may be accelerating. Based on the reports of six sectors, including forestry, freshwater, climate change, urban environment, business and environmental education, the report assesses the current environmental situation in Asia, reviews policy measures that are currently in place and presents a number of broad policy recommendations that promote sustainable development for the region.