Establishing a Resource-Circulating Society in Asia

Challenges and Opportunities

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This publication addresses the issues associated with sustainable resource-circulating societies. It focuses on Asia, where both population growth and economic growth are increasingly prominent in the global context. It covers topics related to technological or socioeconomic issues or a combination of both. It provides policymakers, business leaders and experts in the field with comprehensive knowledge concerning future visions, initiatives and practical applications in the promotion of a sustainable resource-circulating society in Asia.



Exploring opportunities for sustainable city-region design

Asia has experienced rapid economic growth and uneven urbanization in the last decades, and these trends will likely continue in the future. This has resulted in the emergence of megacities, particularly in developing countries. Of the 300 cities with a population of over 1 million people, around half are located in Asia, and of the 25 largest cities in the world, i.e. megacities, 14 are in Asia. In order to achieve a sustainable Asia we need to tackle three major megacity problems: urban population explosion, per capita resource consumption increase and higher environmental impact per resource use.


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