About OECC

Strategic Development of OECC Activities

Toward a sustainable future

The Overseas Environmental Cooperation Center, Japan (OECC) is committed towards the realization of a global sustainable society, by implementing research studies and capacity building in the field of environment and development cooperation in developing countries.

Enjoying cooperative relations with Japanese governmental bodies such as MoEJ, JICA, and international organizations such as ADB, GEF, UNU, UNFCCC etc., OECC has established a strong position as a group of professionals providing expert solutions to a variety of challenges, through many projects implemented in collaboration with our partner countries, such as activities focused on intercity cooperation in Asia.

OECC will strategically develop its activities focusing on (a) Climate change and global environment, (b) Air and water quality, (c) Chemicals, resource efficiency and waste.

Climate Change, Global Environment
Climate Change and Global Environment

In the area of mitigation of climate change, OECC will continue supporting preparation for implementation of “Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC)” based on the “Paris Agreement”, in light of our past experience assisting development and implementation of “Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMA)” and implementing activities related to the Joint Crediting Mechanism (JCM).

As for adaptation, each country is required to develop “National Adaptation Plans(NAP)” based on the “Paris Agreement” and report them to the UNFCCC Secretariat. OECC considers efforts for assisting development and implementation of National Adaptation Plans in each country.

As for the JCM, OECC seeks to formulate specific projects in each partner country and continue to promote our project assistance through the “JCM Model Project” of the Ministry of the Environment, while making efforts to provide and disseminate information through the “Carbon Markets Express”(formerly known as the New Market Mechanisms Platform).

As for the Co-Benefit Approach by simultaneously realizing the measures for mitigation of climate change and measures against regional environmental pollution, OECC will continue to formulate and implement demonstration projects, while providing assistance for policy dialogues in countries such as China and Mongolia.

OECC will contribute in the global efforts to protect the stratospheric ozone layer and the promotion of assistance for developing countries in the measures to mitigate the effects of climate change, observing the policy on assistance for measures against chlorofluorocarbon in response to the “Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol” (October 2016) in “Japan’s Assistance Initiatives to Address Climate Change” (November 2016).

Air, Water Quality
Air and Water Quality

OECC continues to provide assistance for cooperation of policy makers and researchers through activities of working groups for air pollution and Dust and Sandstorm (DSS) which have been developed under the framework of the Tripartite Environment Ministers Meeting among China, Japan and Korea (TEMM).

OECC also promotes activities as mentioned above concerning promotion of the Co-Benefits Approach to simultaneously realize measures to mitigate the effects of climate change and measures against regional environmental pollution.

OECC will make efforts to collect and provide relevant information including domestic and overseas knowledge with a view to expansion not only in Asia but also in Africa concerning assistance for implementation of measures for water and soil pollution problems in developing countries.

Chemicals, Material Circular, Waste
Chemicals, Resources Efficiency and Waste Management

The OECC will promote measures to handle chemical substances by assisting networks of business operators such as manufacturers; and by considering that needs for measures against mercury have been increasing in developing countries with the entry into force of the “Minamata Convention on Mercury”, OECC will consider the possibility to introduce the most suitable technology.

With regard to resource efficiency, 3Rs (Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle) and waste management, the situation related to waste disposal sites in metropolitan areas in the Asian region has been remarkably strained, and issues such as reduction in the final disposal amount have been urgent. OECC is making efforts to grasp local issues and needs while considering this background.

Following the establishment of the “African Clean Cities Platform” by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) in April 2017, OECC will not only contribute to efforts that facilitate initiatives of this platform, but also cooperate with relevant organizations. With the development of the “Basic Strategy for Overseas Development of Environmental Infrastructure” by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (press release in July 2017), The OECC will examine how it can contribute to solve various issues through activities such as holding workshops on technologies of Waste to Energy, and septic tanks that will reduce water pollution, development of guidelines on waste management, and formulation of business models for the waste management industry/technology, etc.