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Reports and Books
Environment Program: Greening Growth in Asia and the Pacific
Asian Development Bank

This publication presents a snapshot of the Asian Development Bank’s (ADB) environmental strategies, programs, initiatives, partnerships, and a range of activities that demonstrate ADB’s commitment to support environmentally sustainable growth in Asia and the Pacific—a strategic agenda of ADB’s Strategy 2020. The report highlights innovations designed in selected ADB-supported projects with environmental sustainability as a theme that were approved in 2008–2010. It also discusses the emerging environmental challenges in the region, and previews ADB’s strategies to strengthen its operational emphasis on the environment, including climate change, that would help realize green growth in Asia and the Pacific.


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2011
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
Serials
Korea Environmental Policy Bulletin - Development of Experts in the Water Sector through the Integrated Operation of the Local Water Supply and Sanitation System
Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment

The Korean government finalized the water industry development plan (Feb. 2006) focusing on restructuring and building up the competitiveness of the water and sanitation sector and developing the water industry to transform it into one of the nation's strategic industries in the future. This policy seeks to improve the inefficient, non - competitive structure of water supply and sanitation(WSS) services currently provided by municipalities based on administrative districts in an endeavor to enhance efficiency and ultimately hone the global competitiveness of the water industry. The integrated operation of WSS system is being pushed as a part of efforts to reshuffle the water service structure, with the objective of enhancing the efficiency and competitiveness of WSS system.


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2011
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
Annual Reports
Asian Development Outlook 2011: South-South Economic Links
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. The Asian Development Outlook 2011 emphasizes two important challenges that developing Asia must resolve to sustain the inclusive growth that is needed to eliminate poverty in the region. The immediate problem is tackling rising consumer price pressures. Inflation's insidious effects call for preemptive action to contain it before it begins to accelerate. The poor are the most vulnerable, particularly from rising food prices.


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2011
Serials
Korea Environmental Policy Bulletin - Metal Waste Recycling Plans
Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment

It is expected that the amount of metal waste generation would be increased over time. Although precious metals and other nonferrous metals retrievable in metal wastes have huge economic value, such precious metals have not been fully recovered or reused appropriately for several reasons such as the designation of few items subject to mandatory recovery and recycling, low level of recovery compared to developed countries, and inadequate technology for recycling. In Korea, metal wastes worth KRW 4.03 trillion are generated every year||the value of metal waste retained countrywide is estimated at approximately KRW 46.4 trillion, and the total economic value would be even higher if all of rare and precious metals discarded amid the continually increasing prices of raw materials and technological advancement are recovered and taken into account. Currently, a total of 10 items such as TV are subject to mandatory recycling under the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) system in the category of electric and electronic products discarded at the end of their useful life.


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2011
Reports and Books
Resource efficiency: economics and outlook for Asia-Pacific
United Nations Environment Programme

This report highlights the recent history of natural resource use in the Asia-Pacific region, covering the period from 1970 to 2005, which has been a time of unprecedented economic development in many countries in the region. The report also provides an overview of resource use patterns in the region, explains why sustainable resource use and resource efficiency will become an economic and social imperative for the region, and makes suggestions on how to achieve sustainable resource use and resource efficiency via well designed policies.


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2011
Serials
Korea Environmental Policy Bulletin - Asbestos Damage Relief System
Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment

Use of asbestos and products containing asbestos is banned in Korea because it was scientifically proven to cause malignant diseases such as cancer. But asbestos-related diseases have been found to occur among ordinary citizens as well as workers, and damage from the exposure to asbestos has become pretty tangible considering the growing number of patients. Ordinary citizens, who haven't worked any asbestos-related job, faced many challenges that hamper their attempts to receive compensation because the diseases do not surface for many years and asbestos exist in various forms throughout the living environment||hence the difficulty in pinpointing the cause. In this situation, government and industries that earned profits from the use of asbestos jointly assumed responsibility based on the principle of shared responsibility and took a step to ensure compensation to ordinary citizens. Against this background, the Ministry of Environment enacted the Act on Asbestos Damage Relief in March 2010 to provide the basis for compensation to those with illness caused by asbestos.


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2011
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