Taiwan and U.S. Cooperate to Develop Asia-Pacific Mercury Monitoring Network


Participants came from Australia, Canada, Fiji, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, the Philippines, Samoa, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Thailand, the U.S. and Vietnam. The Taiwan EPA noted that this year's meeting was the first to have Japan hold training workshops, which were beneficial for the expansion of the monitoring network, facilitating the exchange of experiences and strengthening monitoring performance. Last year, Taiwan provided mercury wet deposition samplers and assisted the Philippines with setting up operations for their own mercury wet deposition monitoring network. This year, the Philippines offered tours of newly installed monitoring facilities for mercury, showing the initial results of their system.

During the annual meeting, Taiwan's representatives noted the results of mercury monitoring in Taiwan and shared their experiences of establishing the Center for Environmental Monitoring and Technology, as well as the usage of mercury monitoring technology. Taiwan worked in tandem with the U.S. EPA's plan to establish a mercury wet deposition monitoring network for the Asia-Oceania region in order to enhance the cooperative efforts of Taiwan and East Asian countries in monitoring mercury wet deposition. Taiwan aspires to transit from a nation importing environmental technology to one that exports it. To do so, Taiwan upgrades participant nations' mercury wet deposition samplers and analytical technology as well as gathers suggestions from international partners for future development of environmental technology and cooperation opportunities.

Environmental Protection Administration, R.O.C.(Taiwan)
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