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Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2015

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The Statistical Yearbook for Asia and the Pacific 2015 presents data for the 58 ESCAP member countries, as well as world, regional, sub-regional and economic aggregates for comparison. For the first time the Yearbook is aligned with the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It offers current trends and emerging topics in the Asia-Pacific region, grouped around the themes of people, the environment, the economy and connectivity. It provides the international and regional community with key indicators, objective analyses of the current trends and emerging issues, along with data and charts. In order to maximize the comparability, the data is sourced exclusively from international agencies that adhere to the official global statistical standards.

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Conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources for sustainable development

Increased recognition of the role of oceans and seas is vital for the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 14. Marine ecosystems and the resources they contain provide a broad range of inputs essential for the livelihood of communities across the region. These inputs include various types of ecosystem services that are not easily quantified or measurable in economic terms, such as natural protection against extreme natural events, habitats for marine animals, and natural attractions benefiting tourism and recreational activities.

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