Asian Environmental Coalition
As economic development progresses, many Asian countries are struggling with a variety of environmental issues, including air pollution, water pollution, waste management, and deforestation. At the same time, these countries must address additional environmental problems, such as global warming, transboundary air pollution, and depletion of the ozone layer. With the globalization of the world economy, it is likely that environmental issues in Asia will escalate and complex. In response to this situation, Japan is cooperating with the environmental protection initiatives of other Asian nations, making use of the experience and technology used to overcome environmental issues encountered in the course of Japan’s own economic development. OECC has carried out a wide range of activities in line with MOEJ cooperation policy and JICA assistance programme, including a study to grasp the environmental situation in Asia and analyze the potential for environmental cooperation, group trainings, technical cooperation projects and the dispatch of experts, development studies, promotion of environmental policy dialogue, and operational support for the CCICED-China Counsel for International Cooperation on Environment and Development. Recently, OECC has carried out integrated initiatives in Asia such as the Asia-Pacific Seminar on Global Warming; joint research to address yellow sand dust in Japan, China, Korea, and Australia; and an examination of co-benefit projects to simultaneously address multiple regional environmental issues, such as climate change and water pollution. OECC hopes to continue its contribution to the joint resolution of environmental issues in Asia by making full use of its knowledge, technology, experience, and networked resources. It is hoped that these efforts will support the creation of a sustainable, low-carbon, resource-oriented society.
Aligning chemical regulation
Chemical management initiatives
In our present daily life, it is impossible to imagine a life without chemicals. At the same time, chemicals are gaining attention for accidents, health impacts, and ecosystem influences. In response to these issues, OECC is working to foster appropriate chemical management and promote responses to reduce the risks associated with chemicals. At the same time, we are carrying out activities to ensure coordination among international efforts targeting chemicals to enhance their effectiveness. OECC works to disseminate and promote research and development policies that are in line with the Strategic Approach to International Chemicals Management (SAICM) resolution from the 2002 United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and with the target and overall objectives of the World Summit on Sustainable Development (WSSD), which are to ensure that “chemicals are used and produced in ways that lead to the minimization of significant adverse effects on human health and the environment” by the year 2020
Establishing a Low-carbon Society
Since our foundation, OECC keep fostering human resources by accepting individual trainees from abroad through implementing many JICA training course which includes “the Environmental Impact Assessment for ODA Projects” and “measures to combat climate change”. In addition, OECC has also assisted operations of environmental centers in Thailand, Indonesia, China, Mexico, Chile, and Egypt by dispatching environmental experts, accepting trainees, and developing educational materials. As a result of these activities, OECC received the first JICA President’s Award in October 2004 for its success in supporting the work of JICA.
Fostering human resources in developing countries
Kyoto Mechanism’s Information Platform and Japan Carbon Offset Forum(J-COF) are Japan’s information dissemination vehicles to promote stakeholders on Kyoto Mechanisms and carbon offsetting. The OECC provides helpdesk services through email and phone and also face-to-face consultation as required. The purpose of these activities is to support the development of a low carbon society, a goal that is being pursued not only in Japan but in other developed countries as well. The Co-benefits Approach promotes efforts to resolve emerging environmental issues in developing countries, namely, issues such as pollution control and climate change which resolution require worldwide initiatives. The OECC utilizes this approach to promote activities that focus on bilateral cooperation and target the Asia-Pacific region.