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Annual Reports
Asian Development Outlook 2011 Update: Preparing for Demographic Transition
Asian Development Bank

The annual Asian Development Outlook, generally launched in April, presents an analysis of developing Asia's recent economic performance plus its prospects for the next two years. This Update shows whether these forecasts were met, explaining divergence between forecasts and the actual outturn, and firms the forecasts for the next 18 months or so. Asian Development Outlook 2011 Update: A Look at Aging Asia The Update expects developing Asia to sustain its robust growth over the next 2 years, despite the tepid outlook for the United States, the eurozone, and Japan. The region will be buttressed by healthy domestic demand and buoyant intraregional trade. Managing inflation has to be a key focus for policy makers, to allow for inclusive growth. Such growth includes the elderly, who are all too often left behind as Asia's traditional family networks weaken. As the elderly will form an ever-larger share of the regions population over the next few decades, states will have to ensure their economic security—and meet the wider economic implications for society.


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2011
Annual Reports
Asian Development Bank Sustainability Report
Asian Development Bank

The third Sustainability Report of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) provides, in a readily available format, information about our continued work on promoting environmentally sustainable and inclusive growth, and on reducing our corporate footprint. To facilitate comparability, the structure of this third reports is similar to that of the first two, which were issued in 2007 and 2009. The contents are presented in three main sections: Part 1 provides the background of the organization||- its mandate and structures in line with Strategy 2020, ADB's long-term strategic framework. Part 2 features ADB's work on important aspects of sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific, including the environment, social development and governance. Part 3 provides updates on ADB's work to reduce its corporate footprint. The report responds to and presents information in accordance to the Global Reporting Initiative's G3 indicators. The appendix links the G3 indicators with the text of the report and other pertinent sources.


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2011
Reports and Books
A handbook for the indigenous and community conserved areas registry
United Nations Environment Programme, UNEP World Conservation Monitoring Centre

Indigenous and Community Conserved Areas (ICCAs) are a globally significant type of managed areas governed by local or indigenous communities for conservation and cultural purposes. Their contributions to biodiversity conservation, sustainable livelihoods, and climate change adaptation are significantly under-studied and documented. The ICCA Registry project, a partnership between UNEP-WCMC, UNDP, GEF Small Grants Programme, IUCN Commissions and the ICCA Consortium, aims to build a standardized knowledgebase and multi-media website for the development of a long-term awareness, recognition and valuation process for ICCAs. This handbook is intended as a guide for those involved with ICCAs who wish to participate in the ICCA Registry project. It also provides a general overview for others to learn about ICCAs. It contains information on the importance of ICCAs, benefits of the ICCA Registry, and detailed steps on contributing to and using the Registry. Case studies for several sites give a sense of the range of different ICCAs and their roles.


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2010
Reports and Books
State of play for sustainable buildings in India
United Nations Environment Programme

This report on the


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2010
Manuals and Guides
Guideline document on the status of Conventions and Protocols in the field of marine environment by South Asian Seas countries
South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP)

Guideline document on the status of Conventions and Protocols in the field of marine environment by South Asian Seas countries


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2010
Annual Reports
Asian Development Outlook 2010 Update: The Future of Growth in Asia
Asian Development Bank

The Asian Development Outlook 2010 Update provides recent economic forecasts for countries in the region. Since the release of the ADO2010 in April this year, developing Asia's performance has strengthened further. This Update raises the 2010 growth forecast to 8.2% on the back of strong results in the first half of the year.


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2010
Annual Reports
Asian Development Outlook 2010: Macroeconomic Management Beyond the Crisis
Asian Development Bank

The annual Asian Development Outlook provides a comprehensive analysis of economic performance for the past year and offers forecasts for the next 2 years for the 45 Asian economies that make up developing Asia. This edition sees developing Asia emerging from the recent crisis and posting a strong recovery in the next 2 years, as a moderate global recovery supports a modest revival in global trade. Investment is expected to remain strong and private consumption is anticipated to improve. Inflation will pick up, but at manageable levels. Beyond the crisis, developing Asia faces the challenge of adjusting its monetary, exchange rate, and fiscal policies to foster macroeconomic stability and sustained growth within the broader direction of a return to prudence and discipline.


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2010
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 2009 Update: Broadening Openness for a Resilient Asia
Asian Development Bank

Developing Asia as a whole is proving to be more resilient to the global economic slowdown than was expected when Asian Development Outlook 2009 (ADO 2009) was published in March this year. Consequently, this Update sees somewhat stronger growth for both this year and next than was earlier forecast.


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2009
Reports and Books
Environment Program: Progress and Prospects
Asian Development Bank

Environment Program: Progress and Prospects is a snapshot of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB’s) strategies and programs, loans and technical assistance projects with environmental sustainability as a theme. It also highlights partnerships and actions that ADB is supporting to promote environmentally sustainable economic growth in Asia and the Pacific. It informs our stakeholders of ADB’s support for its developing member countries (DMCs) during 2003–2008, and its future actions to address the environmental challenges affecting our region.


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2009