Green Growth Resources and Resilience : Environment Sustainability in the Asia and the Pacific

In the last two decades, the growth rates of Asian
and Pacific economies were among the highest in
the world. The strong economic growth has lifted
more than half a billion of its people out of poverty
and has raised living standards. At the same time,
socio-economic progress was achieved at great
environmental cost due to unsustainable and
often inequitable economic growth patterns.
Rapid urbanization and industrialization involving
intensive use of resources has accelerated the
degradation of natural capital and the production
of waste and emissions. Resource depletion
and pollution resulting from such activities as
energy use and land-use change, have become
global issues, evidenced by increased worldwide
attention to climate change and biodiversity loss.
 

The concept of green growth has emerged
amid concerns over increasingly evident
resource constraints and growing economic
and environmental risk and uncertainty that
threaten the continued stability and prosperity
of the region. This report has been produced to
support policymakers and stakeholders in this
changing development context. It provides a
closer look at resource use trends and at green
growth strategies in response to the mounting
challenges to sustainable development and in
support of a transition towards green economies
in the region.
 

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