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Reports and Books
State of the Environment (SoE) Report - India
Ministry of Environment and Forests - Government of India

In the global context of State of the Environment (SoE) Reporting, India is probably unique. Over the last two decades, the Indian SoE reporting experience has ranged from grassroots initiatives like wall posters and citizens reports to media and academic documents and more formal government documents. While the quality of these outputs have been mixed, some of the processes adopted and products developed have been pioneering. Consequently, they have contributed to support policy and decision-making within the country and also for reporting to the global system. With such a vast range of expertise and experience, Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India initiated the SoE reporting process with all State Governments and Union Territories (UTs) through a plan scheme in the Tenth Five Year Plan. The process was initiated in October 2002 and included streamlined data collection and collation systems, cross-sectoral consultative processes, a reporting systems using a range of static and interactive media, and linking SoE Reporting with logical follow-up decision and action. The basic aim of the scheme is to bring out an overview of the environmental scenario of the States/UTs for mainstreaming environment in policy and decision-making. It is anticipated that through the SoE Reports, State Governments and UT Administrations would be able to integrate environmental dimensions in their socio-economic planning for sustainable development. The report provides an insight on various priority issues for India related to the current status of environment and natural resources, the pressures behind environmental changes and the impacts associated with these changes. The report also assesses the Government's current and proposed policy initiatives or programmes as a response to check and monitor further degradation of environment and also suggests policy options


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2009
Reports and Books
State of Environment Report India
Ministry of Environment and Forests - Government of India

The report provides an insight on various priority issues for India related to the current status of environment and natural resources, the pressures behind environmental changes and the impacts associated with these changes. The report also assesses the Government's current and proposed policy initiatives or programmes as a response to check and monitor further degradation of environment and also suggests policy options.


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2009
Reports and Books
Asian Development Outlook 2009: Rebalancing Asia's Growth
Asian Development Bank

Asian Development Outlook 2009 (ADO 2009) is the 21st edition of the annual comprehensive economic report on the developing member economies of the Asian Development Bank. ADO 2009 sets out the global economic conditions underlying the assessment of and projections for developing Asia and evaluates the recent economic performance of 45 economies in Asia, and provides projections for major macroeconomic indicators for 2009 and 2010.


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2009
Reports and Books
Training Workshop on Marine Resources Sampling, Data Collection & Interpretation for the South Asian Seas
South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP), United Nations Environment Programme, Ministry of Earth Sciences- Government of India, UN Division for Ocean Affairs and Law of the Sea

The South Asian Seas Programme (SASP) has taken the initiative in organising a Training Workshop on Marine Resources Sampling, Data Collection & Interpretation for the SouthAsian Seas based on a recommendation of the IntergovernmentalMeeting of Ministers of SASP, wherein Capacity Building has been identified as one of the four major activities. Some of the cross-cutting issues are Development of National Research, Monitoring and Assessment Capacity, including Training in Assessment and Early Warning||Support to National and Regional Institutions in Data Collection, Analysis and Monitoring of Environmental Trends||and Access to Scientific and Technological Information.


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2009
Reports and Books
Recent trends in melting glaciers, tropospheric temperatures over the Himalayas and Summer Monsoon Rainfall over India
United Nations Environment Programme

Climate change is affecting the temperatures, amount of snow and ice in the Himalayan region as well as rainfall patterns in the densely populated downstream regions of Asia which would have enormous significance for livelihood and wellbeing of the people of the region. There is a need to prepare the people, institutions and countries of the region to anticipate the consequences of climate change and evolve suitable and cost-effective adaptation responses. However, there is inadequate availability of information on these processes of change making it both difficult to plan appropriate responses and create public opinion in favour of drastic actions that are needed to address the issues.


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2009
Annual Reports
Asian Development Outlook 2008: Workers in Asia
Asian Development Bank

The annual Asian Development Outlook provides a comprehensive economic analysis of 44 economies in developing Asia and the Pacific. This 20th anniversary edition examines trends and prospects in Central Asia, East Asia, South Asia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific. Developing Asia's performance in 2007 broke records in almost two decades. Aggregate gross domestic product grew at 8.7%, on supportive global economic conditions, a largely favorable policy environment, and productivity gains as the region continued its remarkable modernization and transformation. Conditions in the global economy now look distinctly unsteady with the United States, Japan, and Europe set for a synchronized slowdown this year. Still, developing Asia will not be hostage to the global slowdown, even if it cannot remain immune to it, and its growth this year and next should be only a little below longer-run trends. But with commodity prices soaring and despite government price restraints, inflation is accelerating and is likely to hit decade-long highs. Rising inflation expectations are a more immediate threat to developing Asia than the prospect of a moderate slowdown in growth. This year's theme on workers in developing Asia spotlights three issues. Will the region reap the demographic advantages of its many young people about to enter the workforce? Can it resolve its silent crisis in terms of its skills shortages? Third, with migration burgeoning within the region, will policies move to keep up with the reality on the ground?


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2008
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
Regional communication strategy for coral reef management in South Asia
South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP), Gujarat Ecological Education and Research (GEER)

Coastal and marine ecosystems support very rich speciecs diversity in south Asia as the region has numerous estuaries, lagoons, mangrove areas, coral reefs, sea-grasses and coastal wetland that provide essential habitats for many rare and valuable species, which in turn provide vital goods and services to millions of people. In South Asian region, countries like Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Pakistan and Sri Lanka have coral reefs, which are facing numerous threats due to natural and anthropogenic factors. The livelihoods of many reef dependent communities are at risk as the coastal resources are rapidly shrinking. Increasing demand and declining productivity of coastal bio-resources make the issues more complex. The management and conservation of coral reefs is one of the most challenging tasks for conservationists and marine bio-resource managers in South Asia. South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP) initiated specific programmes to deal with the management and conservation issues by establishing the South Asia Coral ReefTask Force (SACRTF) and in the first meeting of SACRTF, the members realized the need for a comprehensive communication strategy for coral reef management in South Asia. This task was assigned to Gujarat Ecological Education and Research (GEER) foundation, India.


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2008
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Regional strategy for coral reef management in South Asia
South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP), Gujarat Ecological Education and Research (GEER)

South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP) initiated specific programmes to d al with the management and conservation issues by establishing the South Asia Coral Reef Task Force (SACRTF). In the first meeting of SACRTF, it was decided to develop a regional strategy for coral reef mal agement in South Asia and the task was assigned to GEER Foundation, India. The strategy document essentially emphasizes strengthening of institutions viz. policy making institutions, management level government agencies, research and academic institutions, NGOs and village level organizations involved as stakeholders in coral reef management. The proposed strategy suggests that after a thorough scrutiny of their expected roles, existing capabilities and available infrastructure facilities, various institutions and organizations should be covered by organization specific capacity building programmes addressing the identified gap '.


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2008
Reports and Books
Regional Consultations on Climate Change Adaptation Opportunities and the Way Forward
South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP), Centre for Environment Education - India

The technical report prepared post – January meeting organized by SACEP and CEE clearly highlights the need for sector – specific technical assistance teams which can help generate empirical evidences on the degree of susceptibility and locally relevant measures to tackle them. SACEP is also moving in this direction inspired by reference to the TEAP and the TOCs of the Montreal Protocol and recent discussions within the GEF too to form such support groups. The TOR for such a technical group will be to compile state of art information on management strategies and present a menu of options which will be the basis for developing implementation projects. SACEP and CEE will then approach the respective country governments, bilateral and multilateral agencies therein for support for implementation.


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2007