The Asia-Pacific region is experiencing the fastest economic growth among the regions of the world. Yet, economic growth in its current form is placing enormous pressure on the environmental carrying capacity of the region. Unless economic growth is properly checked, the environmental capacity for future generations will be severely compromised. In spite of the increasing environmental pressure arising from economic growth, it is only through economic growth that the nations of the region can reduce poverty and improve environmental management. Therefore, the challenge is not to limit economic growth but to convert it into an environmentally sustainable form. In other words, the region has to turn away from the conventional 'Grow first, clean up later' paradigm and move towards the Green Growth paradigm which harmonises 'economic growth' with 'environmental sustainability'. This collection of articles discusses the challenging Issues of environmental sustainability in Asia and the Pacific, as well as outlines a new paradigm for Green Growth in the region.
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