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

Edited by Zafar Adeel

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EEast 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.

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