Environmental Governance for Sustainable Development: East Asian Perspectives

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  • Edited by Akihisa Mori

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    ISBN-13: 978-92-808-1219-0
    United Nations University Press
    March 2013

    In order to advance sustainable development globally, it is indispensable to change the course and mode of conventional economic growth in the East Asian region, which has enjoyed rapid economic growth but faces environmental challenges.

    This volume gives attention to the evolution of multilevel environmental governance in the East Asian region, including both Northeast and Southeast Asia. It examines how effective emerging environmental governance and policy have been and addresses the underlying causes of local, national, regional and global environmental challenges. Topical chapters include democratization and its effect on decision-making processes, international environmental aid, economic analysis of carbon reduction policy, regional and global environmental regimes and subsequent new financial mechanisms, as well as hybrid systems of environmental governance that emphasize the role of the private sector and civil society in contributing to environmental governance.

    Special attention is also given to the regional economic and environmental regimes. The volume examines the advantages, challenges and solutions in addressing local, national, regional and global environmental challenges, and in changing the course of economic growth. Read more in The World Financial Review.

    About the Editor

    Akihisa Mori is an Associate Professor of Global Environmental Economics at Kyoto University, Japan, and the Director and Secretary General of the East Asian Association of Environmental and Resource Economics.

    Table of Contents:

    Introduction: Sustainable development and environmental governance in the East Asian region, Akihisa Mori

    Part I: Environmental governance for sustainable development in the East Asian region
    Evolution of environmental governance in the East Asian region: A historical perspective, Akihisa Mori

    Part II: Domestic pressures for national environmental governance
    Environmental governance for sustainable development in the Republic of Korea: Origins, drivers and dynamics, Hoi Seong Jeong and Taewook Huh
    Thailand’s snail’s progress towards good environmental governance, Akihisa Mori
    Towards environmentally sustainable transport? The evolution of cost-benefit analysis for road projects in Japan, Shin’ya Koyama
    Carbon-energy tax reform in Japan: A simulation analysis, Yoshihisa Inada and Mitsuru Shimoda

    Part III: International assistance for local environmental governance
    International aid for wildlife conservation and local sustainable livelihood: The case of Caohai wildlife protection area in, Li-Chun Chen
    Environmental aid for the benefit of poor farmers and the environment: GERES’s assistance for improved cooking stoves in Cambodia, Akiko Furuya and Akihisa Mori
    CDM and sustainable development in China’s rural areas: The case of methane fermentation systems, Takasei Kusube and Yoshihisa Inada

    Part IV: Regional approaches to economic integration and environmental governance
    The impact of globalization on economic, energy and environmental relations in the East Asian region, Akihisa Mori
    Environmental and economic impacts of free trade agreements in the East Asian region, Kazuki Taketoshi
    Costs and benefits of regional market-based environmental policy: East Asian carbon, Hikari Ban and Kiyoshi Fujikawa
    Regional environmental governance in the East Asian region: Collapse or arrested development, Akihisa Mori

    Part V: Hybrid systems in environmental governance
    Cross-border diffusion of energy policy in Asia: The case of energy efficiency standards and labeling, Seonghee Kim and Akihisa Mori
    Does green supply-chain management enhance environmental management capacity? A case of the machinery industry in Japan and China, Ying Sun, Akihisa Mori, Tetsuhiko Miyadera and Tsuyoshi
    Non-governmental organizations and environmental policy change in the East Asian region: A case of remedy policy for carbon disulphide poisoning in the rayon industry, Tadashi Hayashi
    Effectiveness of multilevel environmental governance in the East Asian region, Akihisa Mori
    Appendix: Standard GTAP and GTAP-E model, Hikari Ban and Kiyoshi Fujikawa

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  • “East Asia is turning into a key region in the world, in terms of both accelerating environmental problems and innovative environmental reform. This very timely and up-to-date volume contains in-depth analyses of the successes and challenges of contemporary environmental governance in various East Asian countries and on multiple topics.”

    Arthur P. J. Mol, Wageningen University, The Netherlands / Renmin University, China

    “The governance of environmental resources, such as local air quality or global climate change, remains a tough policy problem for all levels of governments. In this valuable new book, the authors present a comparative study of various environmental governance regimes in East Asia. It will be extremely useful especially to scholars with an interest in institutional evolution of environmental governance.”

    Daigee Shaw, Institute of Economics, Academia Sinica, Taipei, Taiwan / President, East Asian Association of Environmental and Resource Economics