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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
Reports and Books
2008 ECOREA: Environmental Review 2008
Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment

During nearly 14 months since its inauguration, the new government of Korea has implemented a number of policy initiatives. In my view, the most remarkable one among them is the new national vision for “Low Carbon, Green Growth” designed to guide the country for the next 60 years.


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2008
Report of 6th NOWPAP DINRAC Focal Points Meeting
Data and Information Network Regional Activity Centre (DINRAC), United Nations Environment Programme
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2007
Annual Reports
Asian Development Bank Sustainability Report 2007: Spotlight on the Environment, Social Development, and Governance
Asian Development Bank

ADB's first Sustainability Report makes easily accessible information on ADB's policies, programs, and practices, as related to promoting the social and environmental sustainability of development in Asia and the Pacific. The report provides background on ADB's mandate and structure, and highlights its activities in the areas of environmental management, social development, and governance||and documents ADB's efforts to minimize its corporate environmental footprint, especially at its Manila headquarters. The content of the report responds to the latest guidelines of the Global Reporting Initiative, while adapting to the particular characteristics of ADB's work and the multiple audiences interested in the information presented.


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2007
Serials
Korea Environmental Policy Bulletin - The Second Framework Plan for Hazardous Chemicals Management(2006~2010)
Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment

In accordance with Article 6 of the Toxic Chemicals Control Act Ministry of Environment established in 2001 a Framework Plan for Hazardous Chemicals Control which was drawn up to be updated every five years. The Framework Plan for Hazardous Chemicals Control intended to create a management plan that deals with toxic chemicals sets up policy directions and collaborates with the government private sector and the general public. The second Framework Plan (2006-2010) intends to focus on integrating the existing medium-specific management of air water and soil with chemicals management and effective collaboration between related governmental entities. In addition the second Framework Plan as a national plan for general chemicals management.


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2007
Serials
Korea Environmental Policy Bulletin - Policies on Conservation of the DMZ District Ecosystem
Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment

The Korean Peninsula has been divided by the 248km-long Military Demarcation Line (MDL) from East to West across the areas of Ggeutseum Ganghwa-gun, and Myeongho-ri Goseong-gun since the end of the Korean War in 1953. Along this line a 2km-wide Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) was set up on both sides of the line. As a historical relic of national division the DMZ is unique because it allowed the conservation of the natural ecosystem as both North and South Korea have strictly restricted access to the area. Along with the Baekdudaegan Mountain Range and Coastal areas the DMZ is one of the three Core Eco-Networks for the conservation of the national natural environment (See Fig.1). To systematically manage the DMZ District thorough analysis of the ecosystem including the natural environment should come first. In line with this there have been a number of studies beginning in 1965 with an investigation of the ecosystem along the northern part of the Civilian Control Line (CCL) conducted by The International Union for Conservation of Nature and Natural Resources. However since the studies place disproportionate emphasis on partial aspects of the ecosystem and maintenance plans an effective plan has yet to be introduced. In particular as environmental conservation plans are not embodied development plans and actions are not controlled so the area that needs conservation is not managed properly.


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2007
Annual Reports
Asian Development Outlook 2007 Update
Asian Development Bank

Developing Asia's prodigious growth continued through the first half of 2007, setting the scene for another bumper year. The region is now expected to expand by 8.3. But this Asian Development Outlook 2007 Update cautions that the prognosis for 2008 is now hazy. Although growth in 2008 is seen slowing gently to 8.2%, the likelihood of a more abrupt deceleration is increasing. Exceptional performance in both the People's Republic of China (PRC) and India is again propelling growth in the region. In the first half of 2007, the PRC grew faster than at any time since 1994 and India, building on its best rate in 18 years in the year to March 2007, registered strong growth in April-June this year. Beyond the gyrations in the global economy, the Update stresses that developing Asia's growth prospects will continue to depend on how well it copes with its own domestic challenges. It is now much better placed to cope with adverse external developments, with its stout financial defenses and some room for policy adjustment. The Update looks at the dynamics of export performance in East Asia. It suggests that supply-side factors-including the quality of infrastructure and the business investment climate-play an important role export performance and that external demand remains an important driver of trade in parts and components. The role of the real exchange rate has changed overtime, as composition of exports has changed.


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2007
Serials
Korea Environmental Policy Bulletin - Policies on Promoting Environmental Industries and International Cooperation
Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment

Due to the seriousness of environmental issues being raised as a result of the effects of rapid industrialization countries all over the world have been making significant investments in developing technologies related to environmental protection. Consequently the environmental industry has become a sector of top priority in many countries. Along with Information Technology (IT) and Biotechnology (BT) Environmental Technology (ET) has also become a promising technology of the 21st century. In fact demands for ET have rapidly increased the implementation of environmental regulations in a number of countries due to the expansion of green production and consumption and a closer relationship between the environment and trade. Recognizing these international trends the Korean government implemented a systematic support policy in order to promote environmental industries as a strategy to improve the domestic environment and bolster economic development.


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2007
Reports and Books
2007 ECOREA: Environmental Review 2007
Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment

The environment has become a key issue in the 21st century. Our ability to achieve 'Environmental Sustainability', a state in which environmental conservation, economic growth and social cohesion are balanced, will determine our national and corporate competitiveness as well as the quality of our individual lives.


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2007
Serials
Environmental Health Plan - 2006-2015
Republic of Korea, Ministry of Environment

It is reportedly known that the quality of life has been improving in recent years, but a public health crisis due to environmental pollution increases as well every year. Since the arrival of new millenium in 2000, environmental pollution becomes more serious as its impact on public health increases year by year. The habitants of industrial complexes and abandoned mines are appealing health damages, and concerns for diseases due to environmental agent such as atopic dermatitis and asthma are spreading seriously. All these are attributable to the increase of the use of chemicals in daily lives, rise of expectation of the people for the quality of environment, as well as diversification of the causes of environmental pollution. The environmental health issue now becomes intense societal concern.


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2006

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