On 25 and 26 July 2019, the Taiwan EPA and the USEPA jointly held the 2019 Global Environmental Education Partnership (GEEP) Advisory Group Meeting in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Thirty-one people, including government officials and environmental education experts of NGOs, from ten countries were invited to attend the meeting. The discussion focused on how to connect resources in Asia-Pacific to expand environmental education capacity in the region. The event also served as a warm-up for the Asia-Pacific Environmental Education Symposium in 2020.
The meeting was organized jointly by the Taiwan EPA and USEPA with attending consultants coming from ten countries, including Russia, Botswana, Japan, Korea, Cambodia, Malaysia, India, Canada, the US, and Taiwan. There were two environmental education experts in the Taiwan delegation, which was led by Tsung-Yung Liu, Director-General of the EPA’s Department of Comprehensive Planning.
In his opening remarks, Director-General Liu stated that, through its long-term environmental collaboration with the US, Taiwan has moved from introducing technology to Taiwan in the early years to exchanging and learning from the US in recent years. Taiwan is truly a perfect example of showing the importance of international collaboration on a country’s development. Environmental education covers different fields and also different issues beyond national borders and regions, so everyone should strive to increase one’s own influence via exchanges. This is why global environmental education partnerships are important. Besides putting the participants’ know-how and knowledge to use, the Taiwan EPA aimed to share Taiwan’s experiences in environmental education during the meeting and strengthen and expand the influence of environmental education.
The GEEP program is expected to hold its first regional symposium in 2020, having the Asia-Pacific region spearhead the establishment of its regional network. The Taiwan EPA hopes to enhance all countries’ environmental education quality by learning from other nations’ strengths and sharing Taiwan’s experiences in regional exchanges, fostering greater awareness of sustainability through environmental education.
Excerpt from Environmental Policy Monthly, 22 (8)
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)