The lush forests of the world’s third largest non-continental island - among the fast-shrinking band of forests functioning as the earth’s lungs - are being conserved to provide sustainable livelihood for local populations and a safe haven for thousands of animal and plant species.
Human and financial losses from natural disasters are rising fast in the Asia and Pacific region. While most Asian countries have disaster handling capabilities, few have adequate provisions for financing post-disaster losses and rehabilitation.
Waste-to-energy (WTE) is the process of creating energy in the form of electricity or heat from the incineration of waste source. WTE is a form of energy recovery, and most processes produce electricity directly through combustion or produce a combustible fuel commodity.
Developing Asia's growth is slowing faster than anticipated in the Asian Development Outlook 2012. Deceleration in the region's two giants - the People's Republic of China and India - and major exporting economies is tempering earlier optimism.
Service sector development will be the central theme of Asia's structural change in the coming years. Rising income levels and rapid expansion of the middle class are driving the demand for services, and some countries are at or approaching the post-industrial stage where services typically assume a bigger role.