East Asian Experience in Environmental Governance: Response in a Rapidly Developing Region

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  • Edited Zafar Adeel

    ISBN-10: 92-808-1072-3,
    ISBN-13: 978-92-808-1072-1
    United Nations University Press
    September 2003

    The East Asian region has seen considerable growth in its economy, industrial base, and population in the last two decades. Interestingly, all three of these factors are often linked to over-exploitation and degradation of environmental resources. East Asian Experience in Environmental Governance provides a broad-brush overview of the existing governance regime that deals with the environmental challenges in the region. Three sectors are selected for deeper analysis: pesticide management; water quality and resources management; and air pollution management. These sectors are also closely linked to the economic and industrial growth of the region.

    Five countries are selected as representatives of this region: China; Japan; Korea; Malaysia; and Thailand. This selection, therefore, includes representation of highly-industrialized, industrializing, and developing economies. This grouping also provides a mix of political and historical backgrounds that are diverse enough to provide a glimpse of the “typical” East Asian governance mechanisms.

    The findings from this book, and the case studies contained herein, can help in developing a fundamental understanding about environmental governance in terms of what works and what does not in this region. Clearly, only effective and meaningful environmental governance can ensure long-term sustainability of the remarkable industrial and economic growth observed in this region.

    Zafar Adeel is an environmental engineer with post-graduate degrees from Carnegie Mellon University and Iowa State University. He has experience in a variety of environmental issues, including solutions to industrial environmental problems, modeling of environmental systems, water pollution problems, and environmental policy development. Dr. Adeel serves as an Academic Programme Officer in the United Nations University, Tokyo.

    - Introduction to Environmental Governance Concepts in East Asian Context

    Section 1 – Case Studies for Pesticide Management in East Asia
    - The Malaysian Perspective on Management of Pesticides
    - The Chinese Perspective on Pesticides in the Environment
    - Thailand’s Perspective on Pesticide in the Environment

    Section 2 – Case Studies for Water Resources in East Asia
    - Governance Scenario for Water Resources in Malaysia
    - Water – The Lifeline in Thailand

    Section 3 – Case Studies for Air Pollution in East Asia
    - Managing Air Pollution Problems in Korea
    - The Japanese Approach to Governance of Air Pollution Problems

    Section 4 – Prescriptions for Environmental Governance
    - Chemical Governance in East Asia
    - Future of Environmental Governance in East Asia

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