Asian countries are among the largest contributors to climate change. China, India, Japan and South Korea are among the top ten largest carbon emitters in the world, with South Korea, Japan and Taiwan also some of the largest on a per capita basis. At the same time, many Asian countries, notably India, Taiwan, Japan, the Philippines and Thailand are among those most affected by climate change, in terms of economic losses attributed to climate-related disasters.

Asia is an extremely diverse region, in terms of the political regimes of its constituent countries, and of their level of development and the nature of their civil societies. As such, its countries are producing a wide range of governance approaches to climate change. Covering the diversity of climate change governance in Asia, this book presents cosmopolitan governance from the perspective of urban and rural communities, local and central governments, state-society relations and international relations. In doing so it offers both a valuable overview of individual Asian countries’ approaches to climate change governance, and a series of case studies for finding solutions to climate change challenges.

chapter 1|6 pages


ByKuei-Tien Chou, Dowan Ku

part Part I|78 pages

Framework of climate change governance in Asian countries

chapter 2|18 pages

Climate change governance in Japan

Critical review on Japan’s INDC and its energy policy
ByKoichi Hasegawa

chapter 3|30 pages

Climate change governance in Taiwan

The transitional gridlock by a high-carbon regime
ByKuei-Tien Chou, Hwa-Meei Liou

chapter 4|28 pages

Climate change governance in Korea

Focusing on the process of the establishment of its NDC
BySun-Jin Yun

part Part II|98 pages

Risks and transition

chapter 5|21 pages

Climate change governance in China

The role of international organisations in the Guangdong emission trading scheme
ByKang Chen, Alex Y. Lo

chapter 6|24 pages

Governing climate knowledge

What can Thailand Climate Change Master Plan and climate project managers learn from lay northern Thai villagers?
ByChaya Vaddhanaphuti

chapter 8|22 pages

Governing the climate-driven systemic risk in Taiwan – challenges and perspectives

ByChia-Wei Chao, Kuei-Tien Chou

chapter 9|15 pages

Ecological modernization, new technologies and framing in the environmental movement

A climate change mitigation technology (CO2 capture and storage) and its environmental risk
ByHajime Kimura

part Part III|99 pages

Local governance on climate change adaptation

chapter 10|22 pages

Tracing sustainability transitions in Seoul governance

Enabling and scaling grassroots innovations*
BySo-Young Lee, Eric Zusman, Seejae Lee

chapter 12|24 pages

Disaster risk governance in northern Philippine communities

Issues and prospects in climate change talks
ByLeah Abayao

chapter 13|26 pages

Assessing climate governance of Tainan City through stakeholder networks and text mining

ByRoger S. Chen, Ho-Ching Lee