The economies located in East, South and Southeast Asia have witnessed an interesting growth-sustainability trade-off over the last decades. While growth considerations have paved ways for deepened ties with growing trade-investment waves and increasing population pressure necessitated exploitation of hitherto unutilized natural resources, focus on environmental sustainability has been a recent consideration. The growth impetus still playing a key role in these economies, it becomes imperative that the countries effectively address the key sustainability concerns, e.g. air and water pollution, land degradation, loss of biodiversity, climate change issues like CO2 emissions etc. But how prepared is the governance mechanism of these countries, covering not only the legislative and administrative framework but also involvement of the judiciary, presence of spirited civil society and active engagement of stakeholders in policy-framing dialogues, to rise up to these challenges?
The book seeks an answer to this question through the environmental governance mechanism and natural resource conservation policies in three vibrant regions within Asia. A holistic development dimension of sustainable development path emerges, through discussion of policies adopted by developed (Japan, South Korea), upper-middle (China, Malaysia), developing (India, Indonesia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand) and least developed countries (Bangladesh, Myanmar, Nepal).
Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
Number of pages: 282
Weight: 567 g
Dimensions: 234 x 156 x 23 mm
'Based on the legal, administrative and judicial policies of countries in East Asia, South Asia and South East Asia, this book addresses the challenges in environmental governance in ensuring sustainability from a development perspective. In the context of achieving 18 UN SDGs during 2015- 2030, students, teachers and environmental policy makers will benefit immensely by reading this unique book.' - Ulaganathan Sankar, Honorary Professor, Madras School of Economics
'Written in a concise and accessible manner, this book introduces and examines the major environmental issues, debates, and policies in Asia and provides a critical, evidence-based evaluation of the achievements and shortcomings to date in environmental and sustainability governance. It can serve as a reference for practitioners and researchers as well as a teaching tool for intro-to-medium-level undergraduates of environmental and sustainability studies.' - Dr Nan Jiang, Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Business, Economics and Law, Auckland University of Technology
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