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Ethics and Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific (ECCAP) project

Please join some of the active working groups of the Ethics and Climate Change in Asia and the Pacific (ECCAP) project.

We request contributions and you can review these reports below also.

An earlier call for specific feedback and comments was made on 26 June 2009. Follow the links for more information about each separate working group (list of members, meetings and recent updates). The draft reports on this site are regularly updated and we seek review comments from a wide audience.

Draft report on Ethical Frameworks for Ethics and Climate Change [09.01.2010], comments and contributions are welcome.

The formal launch to this project as the Conference on Ethics of Energy Technologies in Asia and the Pacific held in Bangkok 26-28 September, 2007 [abstracts, pdf file (232kb); meeting report, pdf file(347kb)]. After an intense and stimulating three days of presentations and group activity, we emerged with 14 cross-cultural and multidisciplinary working groups to take the project forward [invite to groups, MSWord file (2.8MB)]. The earlier description is available in several languages, including: [ENGLISHINDONESIANCHINESEJAPANESEKHMERTHAIURDUVIETNAMESE]. Project update of 5 June 2009 in English and French.

There was discussion of a number of the reports, and a chance to meet working group chairs (WG1,2,4,5,7,9,10,11,12,13,14), during the Sixth Ordinary Session of COMEST, 15-19 June, 2009, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. A list of meetings associated with the ECCAP project is here, and further background of each working group here.

The project calls for developing dialogues within each participating country and between countries on the results of research, future research needs, policy lessons and policy recommendations in regard to the ethical issues of energy-related technologies, and related environmental and human security issues. How should each country make decisions on the energy technologies that they develop and which strategies to follow, given the environmental crisis and the variety of proposed benefits and potential risks of different technologies? As countries in the Asia-Pacific region face mounting external pressures to decide on their energy policy, what are the values and questions that exist inside the region for ethical deliberation over the choices for energy?

Membership is open to all interested parties with experience in energy issues and environmental ethics, from fields including but not limited to engineering, philosophy, government, institutional advisory bodies, civil society organizations, energy-related industries, education, and academia. More information on the strategy of the project and the general terms of reference for the working groups can be found here.

See the Program Document for the Expert Consultation on the Project held on 25 August 2009 with AASREC, and the report of the meeting). 

As a useful research tool, a comprehensive list of relevant environmental treaties can be found here.

To facilitate discussion and information sharing between project participants
a Yahoo Group has been established at

Those individuals, institutions and others interested in joining this project should write to Darryl Macer, for more information. 

Page last updated: 24 August 2012