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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
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
Annual Reports
Asian Development Bank Sustainability Report 2009
Asian Development Bank

The second Sustainability Report of the Asian Development Bank (ADB) makes information readily available on its continued work on promoting environmentally sustainable and socially inclusive growth, and minimizing our corporate environment footprint. This update of ADB's first Sustainability Report, published in 2007, provides information about and data on our operations and Strategy 2020, ADB's new long-term strategic framework. It focuses on our work to improve environmental management, including climate change, social development, and governance


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2009
Reports and Books
Special Ecorea
Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment

Ecorea is a compound of the prefix “Eco”, which suggests an ecologically sound and comfortable environment, and the name of the nation, “Korea”. This special edition of ECOREA 2009 introduces the country’s main goals and ten policy priorities for a new national vision of Green Korea, which pursues the harmony of the environment, economy and society. ECOREA 2009 does also present some environmental policies in the following areas: the Four Major Rivers Restoration Project, Comprehensive Measures for Asbestos Management, Implementation of Mandatory Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL) for the Han River Water System and Waste Material Import and Export Declaration System.


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2009
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
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
Serials
Korea Environmental Policy Bulletin - Establishment of the National Institute of Biological Resources (NIBR)
Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment

Ministry of Environment (MOE) opened the National Institute of Biological Resources (NIBR) to support the sound management and conservation of biological resources and to train new taxonomists. The institute currently houses approximately 1.35 million collections and can store up to 11 million in total. About 60 taxonomists are conducting research projects, including the compilation of lists of Korean species, flora and fauna, as well as molecular phylogenetic analyses, development of climate change adaptation solutions, and so on. In addition, the institute is publicizing the importance of biodiversity conservation and its use through various exhibitions and education programs for visitors. The institute aims to grow into a leading Northeast Asian institution through biodiversity research and international cooperation.


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2008
Serials
Korea Environmental Policy Bulletin - Emission Reduction Program for In-Use Diesel Vehicles
Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment

Air pollution in the Seoul metropolitan area (SMA) is 1.3-1.4 times higher than non-SMA regions in terms of nitrogen dioxide (NO2) and particulate matter (PM10). Vehicles are responsible for more than 65% of total PM10 emissions that cause adverse impacts on health and amenity. In order to improve the air quality of the SMA and bring it up to the standards of cities in the developed world within 10 years, the Korean government has promoted a “Master Plan for the Metropolitan Air Quality Management” based on the “Special Measures for Metropolitan Air Quality Improvement” and “Special Act on Metropolitan Air Quality Improvement”. As a part of the Master Plan, an emission reduction program for in-use diesel vehicles on road through enforcement of stricter emission standards to specific diesel vehicles running in the SMA has been implemened since 2005.


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2008
Serials
Korea Environmental Policy Bulletin - Allbaro (Online Waste Disposal Verification System)
Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment

In 1999, the Korean Ministry of Environment (MOE) introduced a waste disposal verification system to prevent illegal waste disposal. When the system was first introduced, paper vouchers were used. The system allowed establishing the basis of pursuing legal action against illegal waste management businesses by tracking the disposal process and methods using paper vouchers. However, there were many problems shown in the process. It was inconvenient for waste generators, transporters, and disposers to process them at the site and ended up being overly time consuming because the vouchers were written by hand and mailed. In addition, there were limitations for administrative bodies to prevent illegal treatment, since they were not able to track them during the entire process, and it was also difficult to confirm the 26 million vouchers issued every year. In response to the above mentioned problems, MOE began devising new techniques and systems to solve the problems and keep track of the waste disposal process in real time. As a result, Allbaro, an online waste disposal verification system was developed.


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2008
Report of 7th NOWPAP DINRAC Focal Points Meeting
Data and Information Network Regional Activity Centre (DINRAC), United Nations Environment Programme
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2008