ASEAN, Japan discuss on environmental cooperation
(KPL) The 8th ASEAN-Japan Dialogue on Environmental Cooperation was held in Vientiane Capital on 28 August to review the implementation of action plan 2011-15.
The Joint Declaration for Enhancing ASEAN-Japan Strategic Partnership for Prospering Together (Bali Declaration) and the ASEAN-Japan Plan of Action 2011-2015 has been adopted by the 14th ASEAN-Japan Summit on 18 November 2011 in Bali, Indonesia.
The success of the 40th anniversary of ASEAN-Japan relation held in 2013 and exchange projects in a wide range of fields, including political dialogue, economy, culture youth and tourism were briefed at the meeting.
Under the framework of the ASEAN-Japan Dialogue on Environmental Cooperation, a number of activities on environment have been implemented with financial assistance from the Japan-ASEAN Integration Fund as the result of completed projects including ASEAN Youth Environment Forum 2010:
Creating a Climate for Change, promotion of Environmentally Sustainable Cities (ESC) in ASEAN in ASEAN and East Asian Countries,
ASEAN Eco Model Cities Programme, ASEAN Eco-schools Award 2012, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and Expanded Taxonomic Capacity Building and Governance for conversation and Sustainable Use of Biodiversity.
The participants have discussed on the ongoing projects including ASEAN Environmentally Sustainable Cities Model Cities Programme and further support for ESC, Extended Taxonomic Capacity Building for Sustainable Use of Biodiversity Bryophytes, Pteridophytes, and Economically-Important Insects.
However, there is some pending project including ASEAN Heritage Parks Development through Capacity Enhancement and Information Development (pending funding approval from Japan).
The 7th ASEAN-Japan Dialogue on Environmental Cooperation was held on August 2013 in Jakarta, Indonesia to review the completed and ongoing activities and explore future possible cooperation.
ASEAN and Japan first established informal dialogue relations in 1973, which was later formalized in March 1977 with the convening of the ASEAN-Japan Forum. Since then, significant progress has been made in ASEAN-Japan relations.
Cooperation has broadened and deepened, covering political and security, economic and financial, and social and cultural area.