Environmental Dispatches

Reflections on Challenges, Innovation and Resilience in Asia-Pacific

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This publication is a compilation of stories and reports by ten journalists from the Asia Pacific region on pressing environmental challenges and innovative actions on a broad spectrum of environmental issues - adaptation and resilience to climate change, access to and use of natural resources, mitigation of land-based pollution, solid waste management and energy efficiency, among others. It provides journalism students and individuals with a birds-eye view of the kind of articles, reports and investigative pieces that can be done to portray the state of the environment in the region, challenges and innovative actions as expressed through the voices of those at the grassroots striving to cope with environmental threats as well as within their communities




Asia-Pacific is a region of sharp contrasts. The region is the engine of the global economy pulling millions out of poverty over the past two decades. At the same time there are signs that the way countries are growing is undermining growth itself, and comes with large social and environmental costs. Air pollution, ecosystem degradation and waste management are some of the most visible signs. Floods, drought and increasingly unpredictable weather linked to climate change are also having a negative impact on food security and livelihoods and costing the region billions every year. However, the region is also producing innovative solutions to these multiple challenges. Local governments and communities have been helping to put Asia-Pacific on a more sustainable pathway, one community at a time. Yet, these micro-actions often fly under the radar of the media and the stories of the people who lead green innovations and those who are affected by the results, largely go untold.


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