Every place tells a different story of sustainability. Perhaps not everything can ever be told but through this visual journey, let’s explore some of them.

Singapore

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A city-state, an island-nation, a city in a garden. Singapore is known by many names despite its small size and lack of natural resources. It aims to be a model for sustainable development especially through water sufficiency, low-emission transport and forward-looking city planning. Find out more about the Singapore sustainability story through the latest Sustainable Development Blueprint or follow the story on our blog.

Indonesia

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Located in the rich Coral Triangle and the along the tropical equatorial region, Indonesia have some of the world most precious remaining ecosystems and biodiversity. But it also has a large and diverse population living in both urban and rural setting. Find out more about the challenges and the emerging solutions to sustainability found in Indonesia  as its economy faces a new future.

India

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Rising population and carbon emission, coupled with environmental issues such as pollution, are problems which India must face in its development both in the rural and urban areas. At the same time, the geographic location and climate of this country make it a place rich in biodiversity and resources to be protected. From the heights of Himalayas to the beaches meeting the Bay of Bengal, learn more about the environment in India and its path to sustainable development.

Vietnam

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A young nation rising from the legacy of war, Vietnam is creating an new identity for itself with a distinctive culture and breathtaking nature. Rapid development is taking place in both rural and urban areas. Efforts in rural development are especially aligned with enhancing resilience against the threat of climate change particularly in the low-lying but highly fertile Mekong delta region. Read more to learn from Vietnam’s journey through challenging waters.

Thailand

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As a major rice exporter and leading agricultural country, Thailand focuses on Sufficiency Economy Philosophy to ensure food security that does not undermine long term sustainability and push aside the poorest in the society. But it continues to face challenges in terms of local involvement and awareness of environmental issues as well as urban transformation and overpopulation. Read more about the strategies adopted to tackle these issues.

Taiwan

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With moderate weather conditions, Taiwan is rich in its agricultural resources especially fruits. Despite being known as “Fruit Kingdom” for its abundant fruit biodiversity, it is also diversifying its economy with manufacturing and international enterprises. However, disaster mitigation and adaptation have been a challenge in Taiwan as it is situated in Circum-Pacific Seismic Belt and located in the intersection of five major typhoon paths. Read more about the strategies for sustainable development and climate change responses in this region.

Hong Kong

IMG_3817.JPGLocated on China’s southern coast, Hong Kong is a metropolis with a diverse natural environment. As an international financial hub, this small city is home to over 7 million people and various businesses. To accommodate urban development, skyscrapers are built to earn space from the air and compact urban areas are developed, forming the iconic skyline and image of the city. Although Hong Kong is a highly urbanised city, about 3/4 of its land is countryside and has an impressive range of wildlife. Balancing development in economy and nature conservation as well as social equity have become a major challenge for Hong Kong.