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Conclusion and Key Messages

It is clear that the Asian countries will be an important region in the world in the future in terms of economic development and use of fossil fuels. While economic growth is projected to sharply increase by 38 % by 2030, the growth of the population is constant. Therefore, increased capacity of this region to cope with climate change is important, particularly given that the same population will drive global GDP growth for almost one third of the world. There are a number of activities currently that have shown their success and can be shared among countries. Capacity building can be done at the levels of communities, researchers, practitioners and policy makers in order to unlock from energy intensity and to leapfrog to a low-carbon society.

Capacity Development Is the Basis for Asia's Leapfrog

Most major development paths of Asian countries are moving toward green growth. Under the constraints of the energy crisis and climate change impact, future Asian growth, while appearing to be the most significant in comparison with other regions, needs a good knowledge-based pathway to light up and pave the road to a low-carbon society.

Capacity development is the basic need and an urgent issue to be explored in Asia. It is one of the effective tools for Asia to leapfrog to a low-carbon society with the concern of unlocked carbon intensity development.

A Bullet Train Model

Development needs to be done on several levels from communities to the subnational and national levels. To leapfrog from the current situation, capacities need to be built at many levels through various mechanisms of networking, research forums, initiatives, training, etc., in order to bridge, transfer and transform the results from research to policy and to implementation. Policy makers with good understanding, as the head of the bullet train, will lead society in the right direction, while scientists and researchers are the engines to back up and accelerate this movement. Finally, practitioners in communities play key roles as the fuel, enhancing the movement toward green growth through their activities. It is, therefore, essential to have these three components for a compatible basis of knowledge and comprehension through capacity development.

Asian Countries Need Collaboration


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