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Japan-Thailand Environmental Policy Dialogue

The Ministry of the Environment, Japan and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand have been promoting collaboration in many fields of the environment including dispatching JICA experts. Since 2015, both countries have been collaborating to mitigate climate change by implementing JCM (Joint Crediting Mechanism). Upon the request of Thailand to formalize collaboration between the two countries in a comprehensive way, the ministers signed a Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) in 2018 to strengthen, facilitate and develop mutual cooperation in the field of environment. After the signing ceremony, the first policy dialogue on environmental issues was held.

Year Venue Outline
1st Dialogue
Tokyo Both countries welcomed the Memorandum of Cooperation (MOC) signed between MOEJ and MONRE and confirmed that both countries would strengthen, facilitate and develop mutual cooperation in the field of the environment in comprehensive manner. The policy dialogue discussed the importance of an information platform on climate adaptation, and confirmed that both countries would collaborate in development of T-PLAT, the Thailand Platform on Adaptation Technologies. Issues on solid waste management including recycling of E-wastes were also discussed in the dialogue, and both countries confirmed to strengthen closer collaboration for the 9th Regional 3R Forum to be held in Thailand in 2018.
2nd Dialogue
Bangkok Thailand and Japan held the second policy dialogue to confirm the current state, share information, and agreed on collaboration and cooperation in several areas including, but not limited to: (1) continuation of the Japan-Thailand Clean Air Partnership (JTCAP) and dissemination/promotion of the outcomes of Japan-Thai bilateral cooporation to ASEAN countries through multilateral framework such as Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET); (2) further cooporation towards establishment of Thailand Adaptation Information Platform (T-PLAT); (3) implementing capacity development and technical cooperation towards establishment and harmonization of methodologies for monitoring marine plastic litter, while co-leading actions on marine plastic litter in ASEAN region. Moreover, the direction of environmental cooperation was also agreed by both sides on: water quality management, waste management, climate change (including the attainment of the NDC), protected area management, environmental governance, and water resource management.
3rd Dialogue
(Dec. 2021)
Online The Dialogue shared the results of the major initiatives taken to date under the MOC, including air quality, marine plastic debris and waste management, and water quality management. The Dialogue also confirmed the direction of future cooperation, including cooperation toward the realization of carbon neutrality in Thailand.