2021 Taiwan-US Eco-Campus Partnership Program Award Ceremony

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2021 Taiwan-US Eco-Campus Partnership Program Award Ceremony

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

The 2021 Taiwan-US Eco-Campus Partnership Program Award Ceremony was held on Wednesday, December 22, 2021 in Taipei. This event was conducted to celebrate the collaboration between the Taiwan EPA and the MOE (Ministry of Education) on the Eco-Campus Partnership, and to recognize schools that were qualified for the Eco-Campus program. This year 6 schools were awarded the Green flag, 19 schools were awarded the Silver, and 26 schools were awarded the Bronze.

The ceremony invited Ms. Rhiannon Bramer, Economic Officer of the American Institute in Taiwan to deliver remarks. Ms. Elizabeth Soper, Senior Director of the National Wildlife Federation K-12 education responsible for Eco Schools in the United States, was also invited to give video remarks to encourage the awarded schools this year. The Taiwan EPA hopes to see everyone continue to work hard to promote this meaningful project.

Since 2014, the Taiwan EPA has been working together with the US EPA and the National Wildlife Federation to promote this partnership. For more information, please visit http://ecocampus.epa.gov.tw.

GEEP Africa Event at COP 26 in Glasgow

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GEEP Africa Event at COP 26 in Glasgow

November 12, 2021

To further promote the linkage between environmental education and addressing climate change, the GEEP held a side event at the COP 26 summit in Glasgow on November 12. The side event was a joint effort between Taiwan and the US EPA and was attended by Deputy Minister Shen Chih-hsiu of the Taiwan EPA, Assistant Administrator Jane Nishida of the US EPA, and other distinguished guests and EE experts from around the globe.

In the opening remarks, Deputy Minister Shen spoke about how the Taiwan and US EPA have a deep foundation of cooperation and friendship in climate change adaptation and mitigation, and they recognize that in order to find inclusive and sustainable solutions from the perspective of environmental protection, it is necessary to combine the strengths of various governmental agencies, as well as businesses and civil society organizations. Assistant Administrator Jane Nishida expressed gratitude for the long-term support of all the environmental education partners present in person and online. Past achievements show that the GEEP, with the collaboration of public and private partners, not only provides environmental knowledge and inspiration, but also focuses on youth empowerment and motivating young people to take action, successfully driving this most inspiring force of youth for the benefit of the environment.

In 2019, the GEEP Asia Pacific Regional Center (APRC) was established in Taiwan, and is mainly responsible for the promotion of regional environmental education. The APRC continues to construct a communication network in the Asia Pacific region, and not only extends Taiwan’s experience into the region but also to the world. Currently, GEEP has partners from Japan, the Philippines, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam that have joined the network, and today’s event was a great opportunity to reach out to African countries as global environmental education partners. The African delegates shared with others the current state of environmental education in Africa and what is hoped to be achieved, and explained that the GEEP Africa’s vision will play a key role in amplifying the power of environmental education in the region. Finally, a representative of African youth leaders concluded the event by calling on all generations to work together to address the environmental challenges of climate change, and to empower youth to learn, participate and act on climate change.

For more information on GEEP and its activities, please visit https://thegeep.org/.

2021 GEEP event: Let’s Learn from Each Other for a Sustainable World International Online Workshop

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2021 GEEP event: Let's Learn from Each Other for a Sustainable World International Online Workshop

September 3, 2021

The GEEP Asia-Pacific Regional Center (APRC) was established in December 2019 in Taiwan to assist partner countries in the Asian region to strengthen their environmental education (EE) programs. This activity was the first international event held by the GEEP APRC, and the workshop aimed to facilitate cooperation of environmental education in the Asia-Pacific region and amplify the impact and action of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals through environmental education. Experts from Bhutan, Japan, Malaysia, Taiwan, Thailand, the Philippines, and Vietnam were invited to share their EE practices with panelists from Taiwan.

The two-day program was opened by Director-General Liu of the Department of Comprehensive Planning of the Taiwan EPA and Executive Director Judy Braus of the North American Association for Environmental Education, and both emphasized the importance of EE in international collaboration and achieving sustainable development. The workshop focused on four key topics: communication through legislation and policies; community environmental education; environmental education materials, and; development training of EE advocators.

For more information on GEEP and its activities, please visit https://thegeep.org/.

10th Annual Asia-Pacific Mercury Monitoring Network Partners Meeting

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10th Annual Asia-Pacific Mercury Monitoring Network Partners Meeting

Date: October 6, 2021

The 10th annual APMMN partners meeting was held virtually on Oct. 6, 2021 and attended by more than 60 participants from around the globe. The virtual meeting was opened by Deputy Minister Tsai Hung-teh of the Taiwan EPA and Director Mark Kasman of the US EPA. Both congratulated the network on reaching 10 years of successful accomplishment and stressed the important contributions the network has made to the international community. Due to the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, this was the second time APMMN partners had to meet online and share updates on their mercury monitoring progress. Participants from Canada, Fiji, India, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and Vietnam provided the latest status of mercury monitoring in their respective countries. In addition, the event welcomed two new organizations — the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) of Australia and the Southern Continuous Emission Monitoring of Vietnam — to share their mercury monitoring experiences. All the guest speakers expressed hope for the possibility of convening a physical annual meeting in 2022. To learn more about APMMN and the workshop, please visit http://apmmn.org/workshops.

IEMN 2.0: A New Era of Global E-waste Management Online Meeting

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IEMN 2.0: A New Era of Global E-waste Management Online Meeting

Date: September 28, 2021

To mark the 10th anniversary of the IEMN platform, the Taiwan EPA collaborated with Chung-Hua Institution for Economic Research (CIER), China Productivity Center (CPC) and the Australian Office in Taipei to host the 2021 IEMN virtual meeting on Sept. 28, 2021. The virtual event, IEMN 2.0: A New Era of Global E-waste Management, was the first IEMN event held post-Covid-19, as well as the very first online event for IEMN. The virtual event focused on updates of e-waste management in Southeast Asia, and invited representatives from Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand, the US, and Vietnam. The event was also the first to invite a representative from Australia. Mr. Warren Overton of the Australia and New Zealand Recycling Platform gave the keynote address on e-waste recycling in Australia. The half-day online event was attended by over 100 online participants from both Taiwan and abroad.

In the afternoon, the event shifted the focus to the Bilateral Meeting between Australia and Taiwan on plastic recycling and circular economy. The afternoon session invited three experts in the field of plastic recycling and management from Australia and Taiwan who shared key policies and technologies from their respective countries.

The IEMN plans to host more online meetings later this year for other IEMN members to update on their e-waste management status. For more information on IEMN and its activities, please visit https://iemn.net.