Japan will continue actively to extend environmental cooperation,
mainly through its ODA, in order to support sustainable
development in the world. In 2002, for this purpose, Japan
issued its Environmental Conservation Initiative for Sustainable
Development (EcoISD), replacing the ISD (1997), so as to
carry out more effective and efficient environmental cooperation.
Based on the principle of Capacity Development in Environment
and Application of Japanese Experience and Scientific Knowledge,
etc., Japan will promote action plans in four areas of priority:
Efforts to Address Global Warming, Pollution Control, Fresh
Water Issues and Conservation of Natural Environment.
At the 3rd session of the Conference of the Parties to
the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change held in Kyoto
in 1997, Japan, the Japanese government announced the Kyoto
Initiative and declared its intention to provide active
support to global warming abatement projects of developing
The Direction of International Environmental Cooperation [PDF]
In November 2004, the Minister of the Environment requested the Central Environment Council to consider the shape of future international environmental cooperation corresponding to changes in and outside the country concerning environmental conservation in recent
years. The Council established an International Environmental Cooperation Technical Committee under the Councilfs Global Environment Committee.
From December 2004, the Technical Committee thoroughly discussed Japan's strategy for moving international environmental cooperation forward.
In June 2005, the Technical Committee made a draft report to the Global Environmental Committee. And in July of the same year, after the Committeefs discussion on the draft, this final report was submitted to the Minister of the Environment by the Central Environment