Asia and the Pacific is the home to 65% of the world’s population. It is also one of the fastest growing regions in the world in terms of industrial production and economic development. Yet, we find that 670 million people in the region live on less that US$1 per day. Nearly 2 billion people have no access to improved sanitation and over 650 million are without access to drinking water.

In the Pacific, the island communities face a unique set of problems in terms of energy security, waste management and the conservation of natural resources and marine ecosystems.

Countries on mainland Asia need to deal with dramatic population growth and rapid urbanization.

How the Asia Pacific region responds to the sustainability challenge will affect the future of the global environment.

This semester-based Advanced Seminar on International Environmental Studies is implemented by a network of universities in the Asia Pacific region. The topics covered include:

Coral Reef Management and Marine Biodiversity
Small Island Ecosystems and Sustainable Development
Forest Resource Management
Coastal Zone Management
Air Pollution Control in Asia
Land, Air and Marine Based Chemical Pollution
Solid Waste Management
Sustainable Agriculture
International Environmental Policies
Kyoto Protocol and Climate Change
Innovative Environmental Policy Tools
Earth Observing Technologies

Each partner university integrates the course into their existing teaching programmes and in many instances offers credits to the students taking the course. A certificate is awarded to students who complete all of the course assignments.

The course offers advanced professionals and students interested in environmental studies, planning, and resource conservation and management an opportunity to learn from a diverse faculty from each of the participating institutions as well as distinguished guest lecturers from regional and international organizations.

Design and Technology
The course is implemented real-time over video-conferencing with 15 sessions, each lasting 2.5 hours. Hosted on the Moodle Learning Management System maintained by the University of Hawai’i.

Course Coordinator
Keio University

Copyright License
Copyright is owned the individual lecturers. Some Rights Reserved.

Project Title
Asia Pacific Initiative

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