The Ministry of Education and Chinese Society of Environmental Education (CSEE) in Taiwan both joined the Taiwan-US Environmental Education Task Force in 2019. The first meeting of the task force was held on 29 July. The meeting was attended by the USEPA, Japan’s Ministry of the Environment, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Education, and NGOs.
It’s been 25 years since Taiwan and the US signed the Environmental Protection Technology Cooperation Agreement in 1993. Over the years Taiwan has evolved from a learner and created its own path step by step. Since 2014, both countries have jointly promoted the Global Environmental Education Partnership (GEEP) and the Taiwan-US Eco Campus Partnership program. Years of endeavor have gradually shaped Taiwan into a leader in environmental education both in the Asia-Pacific region and the world.
The meeting was attended by the USEPA, Japan’s Ministry of the Environment, Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Education, North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE), National Wildlife Federation (NWF), Fairfax County Public Schools in the US State of Virginia, and CSEE. Not only were the achievements of the Environmental Education Task Force displayed, but the participants also discussed all possibilities of continuing collaboration between the US and Taiwan.
In the future, GEEP will first build a more tightknit environmental education network in the Asia-Pacific region. Aligned with this goal, the Taiwan EPA brought up in the meeting its mission of soon working with Taichung City Hall to set up GEEP’s Asian center in Taichung. The center’s purpose is to plan environmental education promotion in the Asia-Pacific region and communicate and coordinate promotion of international environmental education. As mentioned in GEEP’s mission statement, a goal has to be large enough in order to be seen at all times, so Taiwan will always endeavor to work hard on the path to sustainable development.
Not only so, Japan’s Ministry of the Environment came to the meeting as an observer to learn more about Taiwan-US joint collaboration to create opportunities for future multilateral collaboration and exchanges among Japan, the US, and Taiwan. And the American Institute in Taiwan also acknowledged the agreement as the most significant part of the bilateral collaboration between the US and Taiwan. Meanwhile, Taiwan will continue to look for opportunities to interact with the world. The Taiwan EPA aims to let environmental education take deeper root in Taiwan and keep up with developments in the international community, making Taiwan a key figure in the sustainable development of global environmental education.
Excerpt from Environmental Policy Monthly, 22 (8)
- Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)