|The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is proud
and pleased to present the Asia-Pacific Environment Outlook. Initially
this report was prepared as an overall regional input during the preparation
of UNEPís Global Environment Outlook-1 report. The report had undergone
regional consultation processes to seek critical inputs, suggestions, and
advice from the countries in the region.
This report presents information on the state of the regional
environment. It shows us that significant actions have been taken in confronting
environmental challenges at the local, national, and regional level. .
This report places high priority on reflecting national and sub-regional
perceptions and realities, while at the same time reporting on the status
of the regional environment.
The report is designed to build consensus on critical
environmental issues, setting priorities among the plethora of environmental
concerns, and identifying issues that the international community needs
to address. The report also addresses regional policy responses and directions.
In a single volume, and with a time of slightly more than one year, not
every environmental issue in the region can be covered in great detail.
Thus the aim of the report is to give the reader-whether a policy maker,
a corporate leader, a student, an activist, or an interested citizen-a
'feel' for the priority environmental concerns in the Asia-Pacific region.
UNEP hopes that Asia-Pacific Environment Outlook will
give a new impetus to international action on the protection and conservation
of the environment, while at the same time promoting and caring for the
development aspirations of nations in the region. We hope that this assessment
process initiated as an input to the Global Environment Outlook series
will find the necessary policy and scientific support to be continued in
the future, provide an effective means to link sectoral and regional assessments,
and provide an overarching framework for ongoing international assessment