June 10, 2005
The Asian Network for Prevention of Illegal Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes aims at facilitating exchange and dissemination of information on transboundary movements of hazardous wastes and selected used products among North-East and South-East Asian countries, and assists participating countries in formulating appropriate legislative response to such movements under each country's system taking into consideration of necessary procedures required by the Basel Convention. This network will also provide useful information that can contribute to capacity building for the implementation of the Basel Convention.
A project for the establishment of the Asian Network for Prevention of Illegal Transboundary Movement of Wastes has been proposed by the Government of Japan, and acknowledged by Parties at the First Session of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention (OEWG 1, held in Geneva from 28 April to 2 May 2003). Japan hosted a Workshop on the Prevention of Illegal Transboundary Movement of Wastes on December 7-8, 2004 in Tokyo, and the Terms of Reference about the establishment of the Asian Network for Prevention of Illegal Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes was adopted.
This web site has been developed by the Ministry of the Environment of Japan as part of activities of the Asian Network for Prevention of Illegal Transboundary Movement of Hazardous Wastes
Facilitating the network is also included in the Japan's Action Plan For a World-Wide Sound Material-Cycle Society through the 3R Initiative, Japan's Action Plan to Promote Global Zero-Waste Societies", released on April 28, 2005, which was welcomed by participating countries and international organization in the Ministerial Conference on the 3R initiative held on April 28-30, 2005 in Japan.