The Ministry of the Environment is involved in various activities to build the foundation for boosting environmental cooperation.
The Ministry of the Environment prepares and
provides textbooks, manuals, videos, and technology databases
in English and local languages, for sharing Japanese pollution
experiences, transfer of environmental conservation technology,
and environmental education.
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In order to boost access to various information
developed by Japan and environmental information
held by developing countries and to invigorate international
information exchanges, information networks are
being developed, including ECO ASIA NET and AP-NET.
ECO ASIA Website
The Ministry of the Environment and National Institute for Environmental Studies (NIES) conduct studies on environmental conservation technologies corresponding to the conditions of nature and society in developing countries and provide support for research on global environmental conservation, including fellowships for young researchers, though the Environment Research Fund. Moreover, the Ministry conducts studies on various countries and regions for assessing conditions in developing countries, etc. and analyzing their environmental cooperation needs, and further studies on the directions of environmental cooperation.
Global environmental conservation requires the accumulation
of scientific knowledge and planning of actions based
on it. Based on the Comprehensive Promotion Program for
Global Environmental Research, Monitoring and Technology
Development, the Japanese government has been conducting
research on these issues by participating in and collaborating
with international research programs such as the International
Geosphere-Biosphere Program (IGBP), World
Climate Research Program (WCRP), and International
Human Dimensions Programme on Global Environmental Change
Scientific Capacity Building/Enhancement for Sustainable
Development (CAPaBLE) has been promoted under the framework
of the Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research
(APN) in order to develop and enhance scientific capacity
in developing countries. The Ministry of the Environment
also positively supports the activities of the Institute
for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) which conducts
policy research and provides policy recommendations aiming
to realize a sustainable society in the Asia-Pacific region.
Studies on ecosystem management
in tropical landscapes,
funded by Global Environment Research Fund
Asia-Pacific Network for Global Change Research (APN)
The APN is an inter-governmental network whose mission
is to foster global change research in the Asia-Pacific
region, increase developing countriesf participation in
that research, and strengthen interactions between the
scientific community and policy makers. Support for global
change research is provided through funding of research
projects, co-organizing of scoping workshops and co-sponsoring
of international experts meetings.
As of March 2005, 21 countries including China, India,
Japan, and the United States are members of the APN. In
order to intensify its work, the APN Center was established
in Kobe City, Japan as the secretariat for APN in August
1999. Furthermore, to strengthen the foundation of the
APN the secretariat has been operating under the administrative
umbrella of IGES since April 2004.
APN Training Workshop on the Effects
of Global Warming
in the Himalayan Mountains (2003, Nepal)
for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), established in 1998, is an international research institute that conducts pragmatic and innovative strategic policy research to support sustainable development in the Asia-Pacific region, which is experiencing rapid population growth and expanding economic activity. At present, IGES is conducting six research projects and one programme: Climate Policy Project, Forest Conservation Project, Urban Environmental Management Project, Freshwater Resources Management Project, Business for Sustainable Society Project, Long-term Perspective and Policy Integration Project and Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) Programme.
IGES collaborates with a broad range of stakeholders,
such as international organizations, national and local
governments, non-governmental organizations, businesses
and citizensf groups, to carry out research and conduct
outreach activities, aiming to ensure that the results
are reflected both in the policy-making process and in
the activities of businesses and citizens.