About ERNASIA

Over the years, the Environmental Policy Group of Wageningen University has built up a regional network on environmental policy research in Asia with five projects initiated and planned in China, Vietnam, Thailand and Malaysia. The focus of research currently encompasses issues of international trade and environment (WTO/ASEAN), ecological modernization (sociological theories on the institutional changes that safeguard ecologically sustainable economic growth), and industrial ecology (the notion that production is an integrated whole in which the output and discharge of one industry can be recycled or reused to form the input of the other). Another part of the research is devoted to rural and peri-urban society including studies on environmental policy compliance by small-scale rural industries (the China Township and Village Industrial Enterprise or TVIE project), land tenure and soil erosion (project under development on land policy and administration in China), and natural resource management.

In view of the scale of environmental problems in East Asia, the idea was born to set up an independent "Environmental Research Network Asia". The ERNASIA is not only meant to bring together research projects on environmental management and policy in Asia, but also develops a wide range of activities such as the organisation of seminars and the bi-annual International Conference on Asia’s Environment (ICAE), the provision of short-term research fellowships, tendering for consultancies, and the establishment of the ERNASIA Newsletter.

At present the ERNASIA is funded through the North-South Interdisciplinary Research and Education Fund of Wageningen University (INREF). ERNASIA is run by the ERNASIA secretariat that is reponsible for the newsletter and the organisation of the bi-annual International Conference on Asia’s Environment. We aim to make the Environmental Research Network Asia a vibrant and powerful forum for interested scholars and professionals.