In the 21st century, the trend of globalization not only strengthens the interdependence of economic and cultural activities among nations, but also increases the likelihood of transboundary pollution. For instance, spillover effect of air pollution and mercury, cross-boundary groundwater pollution caused by contaminated soil, illegal transboundary movement of e-waste and climate change. International cooperation, undoubtedly, are key elements to tackle the aforementioned environmental challenges more effectively.
The International Environmental Partnership (IEP) was launched in April 2014 in Taipei, Taiwan. It aims to build a strong connection between countries on key environmental issues such as children’s health, mercury monitoring, environmental enforcement and compliance, remediation of contaminated sites, recycling of electronic devices, and climate change adaptation and mitigation. The IEP provides a platform to promote partnership and develop a network of international experts where best practices in environmental management can be exchanged.