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Annual Reports
Asian Development Outlook 2008 Update
Asian Development Bank

The annual Asian Development Outlook aims to present an analysis of the recent past and forecasts for the next couple of years for the developing economies of Asia. In this Update to April's publication, regional economic growth for 2008 is taken down marginally to 7.5%, largely on unstable financial markets and elevated commodity prices. Regional growth in 2009 is expected to further decelerate to 7.2%. Inflation forecasts are revised up—reflecting rising global prices of food and fuel and earlier loose monetary policy—to 7.8% in 2008 and to 6.0% in 2009. The Update presents four thematic chapters discussing recent global commodity price rises and their impacts on developing Asia. They suggest that high international commodity prices are here to stay. But, given that demand-pull rather than cost-push factors are causing high prices, the role of monetary policy is still relevant in containing price pressures. Indeed, there has to be a reshifting of the basic monetary stance toward tightening throughout developing Asia, to prevent inflation from becoming entrenched.


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2008
Reports and Books
Capacity Building and Institutional development Programme for Environmental Management in Afghanistan: Progress report: January-December 2007
United Nations Environment Programme

Following the comprehensive progress reports for 2004, 2005 and 2006, this report outlines the progress that was made from January to December 2007 within the nine components of the programme as outlined in the original project document.


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2008
Manuals and Guides
Environmental Law: Official Gazette No 912 dated 25 January 2007: As approved by the National Assembly
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

This Act provides for management issues related to rehabilitation of the environment and the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, living organisms and non-living organisms.


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2007
Annual Reports
Asian Development Outlook 2007 Update
Asian Development Bank

Developing Asia's prodigious growth continued through the first half of 2007, setting the scene for another bumper year. The region is now expected to expand by 8.3. But this Asian Development Outlook 2007 Update cautions that the prognosis for 2008 is now hazy. Although growth in 2008 is seen slowing gently to 8.2%, the likelihood of a more abrupt deceleration is increasing. Exceptional performance in both the People's Republic of China (PRC) and India is again propelling growth in the region. In the first half of 2007, the PRC grew faster than at any time since 1994 and India, building on its best rate in 18 years in the year to March 2007, registered strong growth in April-June this year. Beyond the gyrations in the global economy, the Update stresses that developing Asia's growth prospects will continue to depend on how well it copes with its own domestic challenges. It is now much better placed to cope with adverse external developments, with its stout financial defenses and some room for policy adjustment. The Update looks at the dynamics of export performance in East Asia. It suggests that supply-side factors-including the quality of infrastructure and the business investment climate-play an important role export performance and that external demand remains an important driver of trade in parts and components. The role of the real exchange rate has changed overtime, as composition of exports has changed.


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2007
Reports and Books, Legal instrument
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan: Environment Law
Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

Environmental Law in the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan provides for the management of issues relating to rehabilitation of the environment and the conservation and sustainable use of natural resources, living organisms and non-living organisms. The primary purposes of this Act outlined are to: improve livelihoods and protect the health of humans, fauna and flora; maintain ecological functions and evolutionary processes; conserve natural and cultural heritage; and facilitate the reconstruction and sustainable development of the national economy.


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2007
Annual Reports
Asian Development Bank Sustainability Report 2007: Spotlight on the Environment, Social Development, and Governance
Asian Development Bank

ADB's first Sustainability Report makes easily accessible information on ADB's policies, programs, and practices, as related to promoting the social and environmental sustainability of development in Asia and the Pacific. The report provides background on ADB's mandate and structure, and highlights its activities in the areas of environmental management, social development, and governance||and documents ADB's efforts to minimize its corporate environmental footprint, especially at its Manila headquarters. The content of the report responds to the latest guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative, while adapting to the particular characteristics of ADB's work and the multiple audiences interested in the information presented.


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2007
Reports and Books
Afghanistan's Environmental Recovery: A Post-conflict Plan for People and their Natural Resources
United Nations Environment Programme

As Afghanistan moves forward, the Government has placed security, good governance, and self-sustainability at the top of its reconstruction agenda. To achieve these goals, investment in rebuilding human capital and institutions, particularly those necessary for effective natural resource management and recovery, is an essential part of Afghanistan’s vision towards securing its future.


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2006
Reports and Books
History of environmental change in the Sistan Basin: Based on satellite image analysis: 1976 – 2005
United Nations Environment Programme

The main objective of this study is to gain insight into the environmental dynamics of the Sistan basin, based on a systematic analysis of archived and recent satellite images.


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2006
Reports and Books
Progress report on the Capacity Building and Institutional Development Programme for Environmental Management in Afghanistan 2003 – 2005
United Nations Environment Programme

The purpose of the UNEP Capacity Building and Institutional Development Programme for Environmental Management in Afghanistan was to provide an integrated package of capacity building activities that will contribute to the development of a stand-alone and self-sufficient National Environmental Protection Agency (NEPA) with the required technical and legal capacity to implement the environmental mandate of the Government.


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2006
Reports and Books
Ground contamination assessment report: Military waste storage site, Astana, Afghanistan
United Nations Environment Programme

This technical report outlines the findings of an initial site inspection by UNEP in November 2005, and the results of an intrusive ground investigation performed in April 2006 to characterize the potential environmental and health risks associated with the storage of military materials and hazardous substances at the Astana site.


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2006