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One Lifeboat: China and The World’s Environment and Development
» Arthur J. Hanson, Claude Martin, IISD, 2006.
Livre, 61 pages, tous droits réservés: IISD, ISBN 1-895536-96-0
With a massive population, substantial resource base and unprecedented economic growth, China's environment and development impacts can be felt around the world. By 2020, China expects to quadruple its GDP over the year 2000, while becoming an "environmentally friendly, resource-efficient society." These goals present an enormous challenge, with outcomes of growing significance for all nations.
China has demonstrated its commitment to environmental stewardship by participating in major international agreements and by investing in improved environmental performance domestically. It's projected that between 2006 and 2010 alone, China will spend US$243 billion on environmental protection and management. Yet economic growth outpaces environmental efforts, and a weak international environmental governance system hinders progress.
This report looks at the international environmental implications of China's growth, and the role played by China in international environmental cooperation, including its regional and global efforts and its growing role in development assistance.
Table of Contents
- China’s Growth and Consequences
- Comparative Situation
- Ecological Footprint
- Trade, Investment and Expenditures Abroad
- International Cooperation Roles
- Environment and Security Matters
- CASE STUDIES
- Case Study 1 – International Market Supply Chains
- Case Study 2 – Trade in Illegally Produced, Harvested or Transported Materials
- Case Study 3 – Biosecurity and Biodiversity Protection
- Case Study 4 – Regional Environmental Impacts – River and Marine Water Issues
- Case Study 5 – Learning From and Sharing Environmental Experience
- TEN ISSUES
- Issue 1 – Enhancing Domestic Performance on Environmental Regulation and Enforcement, Pricing, and Environmental Planning and Management within China
- Issue 2 – Reducing the Impact of China’s Activities on Global Resource and Environmental Conditions
- Issue 3 – Avoiding Pathways Taken by High-consuming Nations
- Issue 4 – Improving Market Access and Promoting Sustainable Trade
- Issue 5 – Aligning Production and Manufacturing with International Environment, Health and Safety Approaches, Standards and Performance
- Issue 6 – Alignment with International SHE Standards
- Issue 7 – Dealing with New Types of Environmental Problems
- Issue 8 – Fast-track of Innovations for Sustainable Development
- Issue 9 – Information Quality
- Issue 10 – Capacity to Share China’s Environment and Development Solutions Globally