The advisory meeting was co-organized by the EPA and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). The participants comprised 5 government officials and 20 experts from nongovernmental groups from a variety of countries, namely: Australia, Botswana, Canada, England, Finland, Ghana, India, Japan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Russia, USA, Vietnam, and Taiwan. In addition, five Taiwanese experts in the environmental education field were also invited to attend and were led by Tsung-yung Liu, Director-General of the EPA’s Department of Comprehensive Planning.
During the opening ceremony, Director-General Liu explained that the main focus of the meeting this year was to launch various action plans and to connect with different environmental education organizations all over the world. The meeting provided the AsiaPacific a chance to cultivate more talent in the field of international environmental education and to gain more experience. Through this meeting, the EPA also aimed to deepen environmental cooperation and build a comprehensive environmental education network across the Asia-Pacific. Lastly, details for the next Asia Pacific Environmental Education Summit were also discussed.
During the past 25 years, with the assistance of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the American Institute in Taiwan, the EPA has established an excellent partnership with the USEPA. The meeting not only advanced Taiwan’s global cooperation in environmental education, but also served to implement the New Southbound Policy, and was an accomplishment in the overall development of global environmental education.
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)