Asia-Pacific urged to balance economic growth with environmental protection

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Vietnamese disaster refugees living in their boats at the Government Dockyard in Kowloon, Hong Kong.

Asia-Pacific countries cannot afford to prosper economically without also responding to the challenge of climate change, according to a new report released by the UN Development Programme (UNDP) on Thursday.

UNDP says the region will need to change the way it handles manufacturing, farming, livestock rearing and energy generation, in order to sustain the environment and provide employment for the poor.

Anuradha Rajivan headed the team which prepared the report entitled 'One Planet to Share.'

"Asia-Pacific while it has the imperative to do something to its development differently as compared with what was the situation for industrial countries of the past—they did not have to face these limitations as the environmental costs are becoming steeper—but equally this is an opportunity for Asia-Pacific because it has not yet completed its development and therefore it is much less locked into old ways."

Rajivan said whatever decisions Asia-Pacific countries make will affect the entire world because more than half the global population, or nearly four billion people, lives in the region.

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