Interim Report of the Second Phase Strategic Research
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) was established in April 1998 to conduct strategic research on global environmental issues focusing on the Asia Pacific region. It aims to make policy proposals to ensure the realisation of sustainable development in the region through its policy studies conducted in each three-year research phase.
In the First Phase Strategic Research (FY1998-FY2000), IGES conducted policy-oriented strategic research under six projects with such themes as Climate Change, Urban Environmental Management, Forest Conservation, Environmental Education, Environmental Governance and New Development. The comprehensive results of the above six projects were highly evaluated by the IGES Research Advisory Committee members as the base of the Second Phase, but they at the same pointed out the lack of appropriate policy analysis and association with policy makers, the need to produce research results integrated between the projects, strategic policy proposals reflecting the needs of the policy makers, and strengthening the research network with research institutes and NGOs in Asia.
From the fiscal year 2001, the Second Phase Strategic Research Programme1 has been implemented for three years, aiming to make better policy proposals for the realisation of sustainable development as well as to develop international research networks with a view to internationalise IGES in the form of an independent international research institute backed by national governments and other entities.
The Second Phase research is being conducted based on three points; (1) effective utilisation of the research results and experience of the First Phase, (2) policy-oriented research based on needs aimed at making practical and problem-solving policy proposals and (3) cross-cutting research with collaboration among the projects. Bearing these points in mind, the themes of the First Phase were continued and developed in such projects as
Climate Policy, Urban Environmental Management, Forest Conservation and Environmental Education. However, the Environmental Governance and the New Development Patterns were integrated into a new project named the Long-term Perspective and Policy Integration Project. Including the Business and the Environment Project which was newly established at the IGES Kansai Research Centre, six projects are now being implemented under the Second Phase Strategic Research Programme. In addition to that, such themes as Information Technology Revolution and Environment, and Environment Industry Development in Selected Asian Countries are being studied as subprojects under the Long-term Perspective and Policy Integration Project (LTP). Also under LTP is a preparatory team for the establishment of the Freshwater Resource Management Project which is to be fully conducted in the Third Phase (table 1).
The fiscal year 2002 is the second year of the Second Phase Strategic Research Programme, and the latter half of the fiscal year is considered as a review period of the Programme which was formulated based on the research results from the First Phase. Each project and programme conducted an interim review based on self-evaluation by the project leaders and members.