Message from the New President
I am deeply honored to take up the role of President of the Overseas Environmental Cooperation Center, Japan (OECC), having been appointed last June. I would like to take this opportunity to express my sincere thanks to Dr. Hideo Tabata, the former President, for his great work in leading the remarkable development of OECC.
Since its establishment in 1990, OECC has been engaged in various research activities to address local and global environmental issues. The center’s strengths are mainly in environmental management, and it has contributed to international cooperation projects such as the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET), and facilitated environmental policy dialogue between Japan and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. OECC has expanded the scope of its work on climate change through its commitment to the Asia-Pacific Seminar on Climate Change (AP Seminar).
The center has also developed its professional capacity through promotion of a co-benefits approach, support for planning and implementing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) and Intended Nationally Determined Contributions (INDCs) in developing countries, and contribution to a climate change program loan. In addition, OECC has played a catalyzing role in introducing and deploying low-carbon technologies in collaboration with the private sector. For example, the center has been fully involved in feasibility studies and development of Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM) projects, and also in the transfer of mercury abatement technologies with a view to the entry into force of the Minamata Convention on Mercury.
All of these activities have received generous support and strong encouragement from OECC Members from the private sector and local governments, who have extensive expertise and experience in international environmental cooperation. With their leadership, OECC has developed a strong foundation for its environmental management activities. Japan’s deep knowledge and experience in environmental management has been a great asset for OECC, and they can be applied to various situations in order to tackle pressing environmental challenges across the world. OECC wishes to realize this opportunity, by playing an important role in disseminating this knowledge and expertise. In this regard, OECC has dispatched its staff to developing country governments as JICA long-term experts. Through this initiative we are contributing to the projects, and at the same time, we are able to develop our professional capacity.
OECC has built strong partnerships with governmental officials and policy advisors around the world, by participating in international conferences and policy dialogue, such as the AP Seminar and the COP meetings of UNFCCC. This has helped us to develop collaboration with key organizations such as Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), the Japan Bank for Interrogational Cooperation (JBIC), the Asian Development Bank (ADB), and the Global Environmental Facility (GEF).
I am committed to further developing our activities by working with OECC Members, staff and partners to address environmental issues and advance sustainable development, based on the strong expertise, capacity and portfolio of activities that we have developed at the center. I would appreciate your continued support and advice to ensure our successful work in the months and years ahead.
Kazuhiko (Kazu) Takemoto