20. Environmental crisis in Asia-Pacific.
Publ. by SAHABAT ALAM Malaysia 37, Lorong Birch Penang, Malaysia, 1984, 52 pp.
This booklet summarizes the declaration and resolutions of a seminar on "Problems of Development, Environment and the Natural Resource Crisis in Asia-Pacific".
Countries all over Asia and the Pacific are beginning to be affected by the impact of development and environmental crisis in the region. The range of problems are similiar throughout.
In the Asian-Pacific Environment, a few major issues can be identified for special attention, taking into account the reality behind many of the problems that are affecting people in the rural and urban areas.
- Food and agriculture
In Asia and the Pacific, as in Africa and Latin America, the best resources are being used for the benefit of the rich countries - exporting to them the energy, the fish, the raw materials and using labour resources to extract and export these materials and all at low prices and poor terms of trade.
The rich countries with 20 percent of the world's population are consuming and using up 80 percent of the world's resources.
Given this situation, one should not divorce environmental and development issues and priorities in this analysis, deliberations and suggestions. Development and the environment are inter-twined issues.
Unjust economic relations lead to ecological disturbance, resource depletion and environmental degradation. These environmental crises in turn have a disastrous effect on the development efforts of the developing countries.
In this context many individuals and groups have got together in the Asia-Pacific region representing grass-roots action organisations, media institutions, United Nations agencies, and scientists and academics, to deliberate on the environmental crisis in the region.
The seminar was attended by participants from India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Japan, Australia and the Pacific.
The participants had opportunity to identify the various common issues related to problems of development and the environment and the depletion of natural resources in the Asia-Pacific region.
Participants reviewed the role of regional environmental agencies, government agencies, research and education institutions, media and information agencies and non-governmental organisations in their efforts to fight environmental problems.
Specific recommendations and measures for action plans were formulated on environmental pollution and natural resource depletion problems, to cooperate with and among individuals, organisations and agencies in the region and plans to make representations on behalf of the people whenever and wherever needed on problems regarding the environment.
Participants also examined the need for an effective follow-up Coordination Programme of Links, Documentation and Action Network among the non-governmental organisations, research and educational institutions, the environmental agencies and the media in the region.
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