This report presents the results of a survey of national responses to selected environment-related Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and targets in 15 Asian Development Bank (ADB) developing member countries (DMCs) from across Asia and the Pacific. The stocktake was completed under the first phase of an ADB technical assistance (TA) project on Supporting Implementation of Environment-Related Sustainable Development Goals in Asia and the Pacific. The TA project aims to help DMCs in the region strengthen their responses to the environmental dimensions of the SDGs, notably SDGs 12, 14, and 15, and selected environment-related targets determined as having a direct relationship with responsible consumption and production, and sustainable marine and terrestrial ecosystems management. It seeks to ensure the environmental dimensions of the SDGs are not left behind in Asia and the Pacific.
The main objectives of this report are (i) to take stock of progress on and identify challenges in implementing the environmental dimensions of the SDGs in Asia and the Pacific; and (ii) to make pragmatic recommendations on how DMCs in the region can enhance their capacities to overcome recurring barriers to integrating the environmental dimensions into their national policies, plans, and programs.