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Background and Aim

Rapid commercial and industrial development in Asia has brought economic stability and prosperity to the region but has also negatively impacted the environment and society. For example, with the proliferation of many industries especially in urban centers the Asian environment has become degraded due to the release of industrial and domestic pollutants. In addition the use of agricultural chemicals and fertilizers (although helpful in increasing crop yields) has also contributed to environmental decline. Significant changes in weather patterns due to climate change have also been observed in the region and other parts of the world. Although this phenomenon is a result of many factors, it has been shown that human activities significantly contribute to the levels of greenhouse gas concentrations in the atmosphere leading to climate change. Even with development, economic wealth is not a reality for all, especially in Asia where there is a gross disparity between the rich and the poor. As industries grow and enrich a small fraction of the population, many are left to suffer. Majority of the Asian population live below the poverty level as their access to resources are either limited or non-existent. Although there is apparent public awareness that damages to the environment may have serious consequences for future generations, the economic well-being of the region often takes precedence or priority over protection of natural resources. Many consider that the economic gains which can be derived in the short term far outweigh the benefits that can be derived by preserving the natural environment in the long term. Most Asian countries are home to a wide range of aquatic and terrestrial species as well as historic and cultural sites, making these countries prime tourist destinations. In order to preserve these important natural, social and historical resources while at the same time encourage economic growth, it is vital for all Asian countries to find the appropriate pathway to achieve sustainable development. ICSS-Asia endeavors to be a platform for sharing knowledge on present status and approaches for sustainable development, and for linking academic institutions with international aid agencies for project development. The conference invites representatives of academic networks, academic and research institutions, academic societies, and international aid agencies.