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The 1990s can be viewed, among other things, as both a time for looking forward to the twenty-first century with anticipation and hope, and for reviewing the achievements and the failures of humankind during the preceding decades. During the last two decades the Asian and Pacific region recorded a much higher growth rate than that of other regions of the world. It has also become increasingly clear, however, that the rapid pace of development in the region has been accompanied by widespread overexploitation of environmental resources and by more frequent and severe instances of acute pollution. In a way, these factors have lowered the quality of life, even though development is providing the resources to enhance it. Governments in the region are moving to address these issues in accordance with their own priorities and international situations. There is a need for an overview, however, which is provided by 5-yearly state of the environment reports such as the present one, to allow progress to be charted, to identify regional trends which may not be apparent on a national basis, and to allow critical issues to be identified and addressed. Identifying these trends and issues assists in promoting opportunities for regional cooperation which has a vital role in ESCAP and ADB’s core mission of providing support to sustain economic development in the region. The mission is carried out through various programmes such as technical and financial assistance, implementing and supporting projects and by undertaking activities which facilitate regional cooperation.

The 1990s can be viewed, among other things, as both a time for looking forward to the twenty-first century with anticipation and hope, and for reviewing the achievements and  the failures of humankind during the preceding decades. During the last two decades the Asian and Pacific region recorded a much higher growth rate than that of other regions of the world. It has also become increasingly clear, however, that the rapid pace of development in the region has been accompanied by widespread overexploitation of environmental resources and by more frequent and severe instances of acute pollution. In a way, these factors have lowered the quality of life, even though development is providing the resources to enhance it. Governments in the region are moving to address these issues in accordance with their own priorities and international situations. There is a need for an overview, however, which is provided by 5-yearly state of the environment reports such as the present one, to allow progress to be charted, to identify regional trends which may not be apparent on a national basis, and to allow critical issues to be identified and addressed. Identifying these trends and issues assists in promoting opportunities for regional cooperation which has a vital role in ESCAP and ADB’s core mission of providing support to sustain economic development in the region. The mission is carried out through various programmes such as technical and financial assistance, implementing and supporting projects and by undertaking activities which facilitate regional cooperation.

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