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Greater Mekong Subregion Atlas of the Environment. 2nd edition

Greater Mekong Subregion Atlas of the Environment. 2nd edition
  • Asian Development Bank (ADB). December 2012
  • In 1992, Cambodia, the People"s Republic of China, the Lao People"s Democratic Republic, Myanmar, Thailand, and Viet Nam established the Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Economic Cooperation Program with the aim of strengthening economic linkages between them and to foster the achievement of common policy goals. This second edition of the atlas illustrates the diversity of the subregion"s natural environment, progress made by the GMS countries over the past decades, and the need to address the increasing risks that they face. The Atlas has six parts: - Part I provides brief geographical, economic, and social profiles of the countries that make up the subregion. - Part II presents the diversity of peoples of the subregion and their cultures, highlights the extent of their dependence on natural resources, and shows why sustaining the environment is important for poverty reduction. - Part III discusses the state of the environment and natural resources-geology, river basins and wetlands, seas and coasts, forests, fauna and flora, and the conservation of biodiversity in protected areas - Part IV outlines development trends in the subregion, from agriculture and fisheries to water availability, energy, urbanization, transport, and tourism, and the pressure that these developments place on the environment and natural resources. - Part V describes the challenges posed by development in the subregion, including the impact of natural disasters and climate change, and the responses to meet these challenges by the countries and various international and regional organizations. - Part VI contains information resources: statistical tables that complement the text of each chapter and references to the literature and other sources used in compiling the atlas.
  • Geographical coverage: Asia, Ayeyarwady River Basin, Chao Phraya River Basin, Mekong River Basin, Pearl River Basin, Red River Basin, Thanlwin River Basin
  • Main themes: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Biodiversity, Climate change, Culture, Disasters, Ecosystems, Energy, Environment, Floods, Food security, Forests, Human resources, Land degradation, Millennium Development Goals (MDG), Poverty, Rivers, Tourism, Transboundary waters, Urbanization, Vulnerability, Water availability, Water cooperation, Water demand, Watersheds, Wetlands
  • Main target audience: Communicators, Conservation experts, Development agencies, Environmental practitioners, General public, Governments, Policy makers, Political leaders
  • Main purpose: Assessment, Mapping
  • Type of resource: Atlas, Facts and figures, Indicators, Maps
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Published in 2014