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Sustainable Development: Asia-Pacific Perspectives

  • Discusses global change not only in terms of climate change, loss of biodiversity and land degradation, but also social, cultural and economic factors
  • 44 chapters by leading international experts provide an array of detailed studies combining to create an authoritative overview of the Asia-Pacific region
  • Enables readers to understand how these changes interrelate in a globalized world and their significant implications for sustainable development and poverty reduction
  • Includes a chapter by Nobel Prize winner Professor Amartya Sen on the impacts of Asian culture and civilization

By: Pak Sum Low(Editor)

500 pages, 200 b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Hardback | Aug 2016 | #199713 | ISBN-13: 9780521897174
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The Asia-Pacific region is experiencing especially rapid development and population increase, and issues of global change and sustainable development are likely to be of particular importance in the coming decades. This book presents chapters by leading international experts on the major issues relating to global change and sustainable development from the perspectives of Asia and the Pacific. It also highlights the challenges and opportunities of sustainable development and poverty reduction within the changing ecological, social, cultural and economic environment in this region. The volume is an invaluable reference for all researchers and policy makers with an interest in global change and sustainable development in Asia and the Pacific.


Part I. Global Change
Part II. Sustainable Development

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Dr Pak Sum Low is Adjunct Professor at the School of Sustainable Development, Bond University, Queensland, Australia, and at the Faculty of Science and Technology, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He is also International Adviser for the Climate Change and Adaptation Initiative of the Mekong River Commission. He was International Expert for UNDP-Vietnam, based in the Natural Disaster Mitigation Partnership Secretariat, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (2008–2009); Senior Economic Affairs Officer, Energy Resource Section (2008) and Regional Adviser on Environment and Sustainable Development (2001–2007) at the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP). Dr Low has also worked at the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP, 1991–1999) in Nairobi; the Climatic Research Unit, University of East Anglia, UK (1988–1991); the Institute of Applied Physical Chemistry (1987–1988) and the Institute for Atmospheric Chemistry (1986–1987) at the Nuclear Research Centre, Jülich, Germany. He was a consultant for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) Secretariat (1999 and 2000) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) Secretariat (2000, 2008 and 2009). Since 2008, he has also been a regular consultant for UNDP and UNEP. Dr Low is a member of the Expert Group on Technology Transfer (EGTT) of the UNFCCC; a Fellow of the Asian Disaster Preparedness Centre (ADPC) in Thailand (since 2002); and a member of the International Advisory Panel of the International Programme on Climate Variability Risk jointly developed by the Pacific Disaster Center, Hawaii, and the Centre for Environment Research, Education and Development, Vietnam (since 2009). He was Chair of the UNEP Global 500 Roll of Honour Policy Sub-Committee (1996), and a member of the UNEP Global 500 Roll of Honour Selection Committee (1996–1999).

- Pak Sum Low
- Mostafa K. Tolba
- Toke Talagi
- Qin Dahe
- Salvano Briceño
- Marcia V. J. Kran
- Linda Anne Stevenson
- Amartya Sen
- Jan C. van der Leun
- Mohd Talib Latif
- Yousef Al-Otaibi
- Peter Brimblecombe
- Jariya Boonjawat
- Fredolin Tangang
- Liew Juneng
- Jeongim Park
- Lu Qi
- Wang Guoqian
- Yang Youlin
- Wang Sen
- Su Zhizhu
- Jiao Meiyan
- Wu Bo
- Wang Xuequan
- Sun Honglie
- Liu Jian
- Thanakvaro T. De Lopez
- Ponlok Tin
- Nguyen Huu Ninh
- Luong Quang Huy
- Philip Michael Kelly
- George Manful
- Vute Wangwacharakul
- Kwi-Gon Kim
- Anne-Isabella Degryse-Blatau
- Jun-Young Choi
- Hee Sun Choi
- Rizaldi Boer
- Gernot Brodnig
- Yanqing Wang
- Ademola K. Braimoh
- Dietrich Schmidt-Vogt
- Andrew N. Gillison
- Mani M. Babu
- Amirtharaj C. Williams
- Tariq Aziz
- Gopola Areendran
- Altamas Baig
- Sujit Bairagi
- Hiten K. R. Baishya
- Pranab J. Bora
- Pankaj K. Sharma
- Pijush K. Dutta
- Chukhu Loma
- Rajeev Semwal
- Amit Sharma
- Pankaj Sharma
- Ilan Kelman
- Cody L. Knutson
- Donald A. Wilhite
- John Peet
- Rene Van Berkel
- Anthony S. F. Chiu
- Alvin B. Culaba
- Raymond R. Tan
- Ruby Pineda-Henson
- Emil Salim
- Anoja Wickramasinghe
- Shashi Kant
- Ros Taplin
- Sk Noim Uddin
- Kanokwan Pibalsook
- Jamba Gyeltshen
- Peter Noel King
- Sergio Feld
- Bryant J. Allen
- R. Mike Bourke
- Keith Openshaw
- Ying Chen
- S. C. Bhattacharya
- Binoy K. Choudhury
- Mohd Nor Salleh
- Michael V. Galante
- Euiso Choi
- Saburo Matsui
- Penehuro F. Lefale
- Bernarditas de Castro-Muller
- Alexandre Timoshenko
- Karen Hulme
- David M. Ong

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