1st Edition

Regional Environmental Politics in Northeast Asia Conflict and Cooperation

By Jeongwon Bourdais Park Copyright 2019
    264 Pages
    by Routledge

    264 Pages 4 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    The share of global CO2 emissions from the core Northeast Asian (NEA) countries in 2015 was estimated to be as high as 33.63 percent. Representing 28.21, 3.67, and 1.75 percent of total global emissions, China, Japan, and South Korea were ranked the first, fifth, and seventh largest contributors, respectively. Some parts of China, the Republic of Mongolia, the Russian Far East, and Southeast Asia have long been on serious alert due to accelerated deforestation. With their rapid population growth and economic development, the core countries of Northeast Asia are responsible both directly and indirectly for numerous environmental problems. Urgent individual and collective action is required from the region’s governments.

    Against the backdrop of debate on how to understand Northeast Asia as a "region," Park focuses on the major regional economies of China, Japan, and South Korea, along with Russia, North Korea, and the Republic of Mongolia, due to both their geopolitical proximity and their significance to the region. The author attempts to answer the questions: "How far has regional environmental cooperation progressed in Northeast Asia?"; and "Why are Northeast Asian countries reluctant to cooperate further on urgent transboundary and regional environmental issues?"

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    Chapter 1: Setting the scene

    Chapter 2: Environmental politics and regional cooperation

    Chapter 3: Regional reaction to trans-boundary air pollution and climate change in the North-East Asia

    Chapter 4: North-East Asia’s responses to biodiversity loss and the formation of regional biodiversity governance

    Chapter 5: Regional political dynamics and the marine environment in North-East Asia

    Chapter 6: Greening regional politics 



    JeongWon Bourdais Park is Associate Professor of International Relations at KIMEP University, Republic of Kazakhstan.