The following document was shared by Ahmad Mahdavi.
Asia and the Pacific is the most rapidly urbanizing and industrializing region in the world. The unprecedented scale and speed of the urban industrial transformation coupled with increased production and consumption has lifted millions of people out of poverty. However, this presents challenges for Asia-Pacific countries in the sustainable
environmental management of their natural and ecological resources. At the same time, the growing volume and diversification of various waste streams has compounded these challenges. Waste management in many Asia-Pacific countries has to deal with increasingly complex waste streams including industrial waste, electronic waste, plastics in coastal and marine environment, construction and demolition waste, and chemicals that add a critical dimensions to the region’s sustainability. The sustainability and resilience of the region’s cities, rural communities, the natural environment and ecological assets has become a top priority of many policy. Future economic growth and human wellbeing need to be more resilient and regenerative, to phase out negative environmental, economic and social externalities towards natural resource shortages, increasing waste problems, pollution, natural disasters and the increasing frequency and magnitude of climate change impacts such as typhoons, cyclones, wild fires, heat waves,
floods, landslides, and droughts, flash flood in mountainous and hilly region, Glacier Lake Outburst Flood (GLOF), Natural firing due to thunderstorm lightening etc.
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