Climate Change in Asia: Perspectives on the Future Climate Regime

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  • Edited Yasuko Kameyama, Agus P. Sari, Moekti H. Soejachmoen and Norichika Kanie

    ISBN-10: 92-808-1152-5,
    ISBN-13: 978-92-808-1152-0
    United Nations University Press
    June 2008

    Looking beyond the Kyoto Protocol’s first containment period, an intense and growing international debate over the future climate change regime has emerged. Countries in Asia have particularly high stakes in this regime given the region’s high population, growing greenhouse gas emissions, burgeoning economies and vulnerabilities to the impact of climate change. Limited capacity, however, has hampered the participation of many Asian countries in the international debate.

    This book is the result of a two-year study of domestic institutional processes in Asia to address climate change issues, national circumstances that impede countries from fully participating in the international debate and elements of a plausible climate regime from an Asian perspective. It serves to identify the institutional dimensions of climate change and, importantly, identifies linkages between climate change and sustainable development.

    Yasuko Kameyama is Senior Researcher at the National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES), Japan. Agus P. Sari is Country Director for Indonesia and Regional Director for Southeast Asia at Ecosecurities. Moekti H. Soejachmoen is Executive Director of Yayasan Pelangi, Indonesia. Norichika Kanie is Associate Professor in the Department of Value and Decision Science at the Graduate School of Decision Science and Technology, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan.

    Table of contents

    • Introduction: Climate change and sustainable development in Asia, Agus P. Sari

    Part I: The imperative of “Beyond 2012”

    • Evolution of debates over the “Beyond 2012” climate regime, Yasuko Kameyama
    • Long-term challenge of climate change: Possible allocation for Japan and Asian countries in 2050, Norichika Kanie

    Part II: Country studies on processes for “Beyond 2012”

    • Development and climate change policy-making process in Bangladesh, Mozaharul Alam and Atiq Rahman
    • China: Policy-making process on climate change, Pan Jun and Zou Ji
    • India: Sustainable development and climate change policy contexts, Preety Bhandari
    • Climate change policy-making process in Indonesia, Chrisandini
    • Debates on “Beyond 2012” in Japan, Yasuko Kameyama
    • The Republic of Korea: Growing awareness at the domestic level, Na Sungin
    • Capacity building for the post–2012 climate regime in Thailand, Sitanon Jesdapipat

    Part III: Thematic studies—Components of “Beyond 2012”

    • Architectures of Post-Kyoto options, Sitanon Jesdapipat
    • Technology transfer under the UNFCCC framework, Zou Ji, Pang Jun and Wang Haiqin
    • Adaptation to climate change: Beyond 2012, Mozaharul Alam and Atiq Rahman
    • CDM and flexibility mechanisms, Moekti H. Soejachmoen Climate and trade, Sitanon Jesdapipat
    • Climate change, poverty and sustainable development, Mozaharul Alam, Atiq Rahman and Dwijen Mallick

    Part IV: Synthesis of studies and conclusion

    • Synthesis, Yasuko Kameyama and Norichika Kanie