Gender equality needs to be at the forefront to make environmental policies more effective and to speed the full recovery from COVID-19.
Countries in Asia and the Pacific region depend on natural resources for jobs, livelihood, health and well-being. We need to protect these valuable resources as we emerge from the pandemic.
To ensure that we have an economic recovery that benefits people and the planet, we should scale up investments in businesses that provide environmental benefits.
Lost or discarded fishing gear has become a growing menace in our oceans, killing sea life and contributing to plastic pollution that threatens humans as well.
Solutions that include both urban and rural environments, and the connections between the two, are needed to improve river health in Asia and the Pacific.
During the pandemic, people in cities have seen how valuable green space is for mental and physical health. We should protect and expand green space and make its benefits accessible to all.
Now is the time to take advantage of the clean air being experienced in many cities across Asia. We must not support a “quick and dirty” post-COVID-19 recovery plan that returns pollution to the region’s skies.
Blue credits offer an innovative financing approach for attracting private capital to oceans health improvement projects.
To reduce air pollution, national and city government policy makers, their development partners, academe, and the private sector need to work with young people.
Investments in climate-resilient infrastructure should be the centerpiece of the billions of dollars in economic stimulus being used to rebuild Asia’s economies.