The United Nations says increased urban migration flows will heavily impact the region’s cities in coming decades. These trends could exacerbate environmental and economic problems, but they also bring the prospect of renewal.
The Laotian government lifted its ban on banana plantations last year but health and environmental problems caused by agricultural chemicals persist.
ASEAN governments know they have a plastic problem. At this week’s ASEAN summit, environmental groups are calling for a commitment to stop importing plastic waste and limit production of single-use plastics.
Around 1.2 billion more people will migrate to urban areas in Asia over the next three to four decades. If the Paris climate agreement is to be a success, it is cities that must drive green solutions.