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
Our Planet
Our Planet: kick the habit, towards a low carbon economy
United Nations Environment Programme

The United Nations Environment Programme's flagship magazine.


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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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