Tagged on: Republic of Korea

Reports and Books
Korea Environmental Policy Bulletin - Water Quality Forecasting System
Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment

The Ministry of Environment and the National Institute of Environmental Research has been running the Water Quality Forecasting System at 16 weirs of the four major rivers since 2012, after conducting test-operation over the Sejong Weir segment since August 1, 2011. The Water Quality Forecasting System is a method of forecasting changes to water quality and reporting the result using numerical modeling based on pollution source, water quality assessment data, hydro-meteorological data, and weather forecasting data 1). Currently, it provides water quality forecast services on water temperature and Chlorophyll-a (\"Chl-a\") of 16 weirs of the four major rivers for the next week. From 2009 to 2012, the Korean government conducted the Four Major Rivers Restoration Project to prevent floods and droughts in the four major rivers - Han river, Nakdong river, Geum river, and Yeongsan river and to restore the water quality and ecosystem. As part of the project, 16 weirs were constructed along the four rivers to secure 8 tons of water, to maintain the water levels of the upper regions and to prepare against extreme droughts2). The Water Quality Forecasting System was introduced to detect the changes of the river water quality, and to enable proactive management.


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2013
Reports and Books
2013 ECOREA;Environmental Review 2013
Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment

Over the last half a century, Korea has transformed itself from an agricultural country to a highly industrialized country. During the process, various environmental challenges have emerged. The Environment Administration was established in 1980 in response to those challenges and upgraded to the Ministry of Environment in 1990


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2013
Annual Reports
Asian Development Bank Sustainability Report 2013: Investing in Asia and the Pacific's Future
Asian Development Bank

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Sustainability Report has been issued every 2 years since 2007. The current Sustainability Report contains selected performance highlights of ADB's operations and corporate footprint during 2011-2012. The Sustainability Report is accompanied by its expanded online version that provides a more detailed review of ADB's sustainability performance and includes an extensive response to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. Throughout the expanded online version, hyperlinks provide access to further information on the ADB website www.adb.org and elsewhere.


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2013
Annual Reports
Asian Development Outlook 2013 Update: Governance and Public Service Delivery
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 2 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.


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2013
Serials
Korea Environmental Policy Bulletin - Korean Government Policy to Support the Domestic Environmental Industry and Technology Export
Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment

Small and medium-sized businesses play an important role in the environmental industry and technology development in Korea, occupying a 90% share of the entire industry. Of Korea’s environmental industries and technologies, sewage/waste water disposal and waste disposal technology as well as environmental equipment have gained a world-class status with significant price competitiveness. The Korean government has been implementing various environmental industry promotion policies to support early overseas market entry of Korean small and medium-sized firms and their efforts to attract project orders. To support environmental technology exports the government provides tailored support for Korean enterprises' overseas market entry by phase – from the collection of information on overseas markets to the establishment of a network for global environmental cooperation and winning overseas project contracts. As part of its efforts to build a network for global cooperation and identify overseas projects, the Korean government also operates the Eco-Trade Support Center for Environmental Business to establish an overseas environmental information network for initial overseas market entry: provides market entry consulting and country-specific legal advice: and supports the establishment of Environmental Improvement Master Plan, mainly for developing countries.


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2013
Serials
Korea Environmental Policy Bulletin -Greenstart Movement
Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment

The Ministry of Environment has been developing a nationwide Greenstart movement since 2008 to realize low carbon green growth as a national vision and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions effectively. The Greenstart movement has been focused on reducing greenhouse gas through civil and government cooperation, raising the level of consciousness of citizens along with technological development through synergistic effects, and playing a role to stabilize the green lifestyle culture. Since October of 2008, after initiating a nationwide network, 246 local networks have been established, and various activities have been developed such as fostering green leaders, climate change week events, climate change education activation, and green life campaigns by season.


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2013
Annual Reports
Asian Development Bank Sustainability Report 2013: Investing in Asia and the Pacific's Future - Expanded version
Asian Development Bank

The Asian Development Bank (ADB) Sustainability Report has been issued every 2 years since 2007. The current Sustainability Report contains selected performance highlights of ADB's operations and corporate footprint during 2011-2012. The Sustainability Report is accompanied by its expanded online version that provides a more detailed review of ADB's sustainability performance and includes an extensive response to the Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Sustainability Reporting Guidelines. Throughout the expanded online version, hyperlinks provide access to further information on the ADB website www.adb.org and elsewhere.


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2013
Annual Reports
Asian Development Outlook 2012: Confronting Rising Inequality in Asia
Asian Development Bank

The annual Asian Development Outlook (ADO) provides a comprehensive analysis of economic performance for the past year and offers forecasts for the next 2 years for the 45 economies in Asia and the Pacific that make up developing Asia. Despite weak global demand, Asian Development Outlook 2012 expects that developing Asia will largely maintain its growth momentum in the next couple of years, in an environment of easing inflation for most regional economies, although policy makers must be alert to further oil-price spikes arising from threats of oil supply disruptions. The report sees that the greatest risk to the outlook is the uncertainty surrounding the resolution of sovereign debt problems in the eurozone. Still, in the absence of any sudden shocks, developing Asia can manage the effects on its trade flows and financial markets. The theme chapter looks at widening inequality: in spite of developing Asia’s great success in raising living standards and reducing poverty, swelling income disparities threaten to undermine the pace of progress. Regional policy makers need to ensure that the benefits of growth are widely shared.


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2012
Reports and Books
Ecological Footprint and Investment in Natural Capital in Asia and the Pacific
Asian Development Bank, World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF International)

The widespread loss of natural ecosystems and biodiversity is much more than a conservation issue. Natural ecosystems provide socially and economically valuable services--such as food and fiber resources, clean water and climate regulation--that are fundamental to human welfare, but are often overlooked in decision-making processes. Produced through a partnership between ADB and WWF International, this report provides examples of promising approaches for sustainably managing natural capital in the region. These are based on experiences from four important regional cooperation initiatives, which demonstrate the commitment of the participating governments to protecting the integrity of natural ecosystems while improving livelihoods and reducing poverty.


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2012
Serials
Korea Environmental Policy Bulletin - Korea's Adaptation Strategy to Climate Change
Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment

Climate change caused by global warming has a wide-ranging impact on the atmosphere, marine environment plants and animals, glaciers, land, and human system. It has come to the fore as an environmental problem that jeopardizes the sustainable development of the country. To adapt to those such climate changes, Korea has focused on the harmonious combination of mitigation and adaptation as specified in the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. Korea 's adaptation strategy and plan are linked with green growth, which is envisioned by the country as a new growth engine||it has been mapped out and implemented as a mandatory plan in accordance with the Framework Ad on Low Carbon, Green Growth. Developed in 2010 jointly by 13 government departments (with the Ministry of Environment playing the leading role), Korea 's national climate change adaptation plan envisions the establishment of a safe society and support for green growth through climate change adaptation.


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2011