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Efforts in Various Areas

Air / Transportation

Ministry of the Environment seeks to help protect the living environment of people in developing regions by extending cooperation directed toward solutions to the problems of air pollution caused by substances contained in factory emissions and automobile exhausts, noise, vibration, bad odor and other environmental problems.
The table below presents some major examples of such cooperation projects.

Name of Measures (Budgets) Regional EST Forum in Asia
Outline The objectives of the Regional EST Forum in Asia are as follows:
  • Facilitate policy dialogues and provide a strategy for sharing best practices, policy instruments, tools, technologies, in relations to various aspects of EST among Asian countries
  • In consultation with the subsidiary expert groups, facilitate and provide necessary advisory support for the formulation of national EST strategies and action plans on EST for selected countries
  • Support the implementation of the action plans into practice through the participation of international organizations and international development and donor agencies
  • Help establish linkages with other ongoing regional and international activities/initiatives in promoting EST
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Asia and other regions
Progress and achievements The Regional EST Forum in Asia has been held nine times, since the first forum held in Nagoya, Japan, in August 2005. As major outcomes of the past Forums, the Aichi Statement (2005), the Seoul Statement (2009), the Bangkok Statement (2010), the Bali Statement (2013) and the Colombo Statement (2014) have been adopted for the promotion of EST in Asia. In 2007, the Kyoto Statement was adopted by city mayors, declaring intent on actions at the city level. At the Ninth Regional EST Forum in Asia, recently held in Katmandu, Nepal from 18 to 20 November 2015, participants including senior government officials (mostly from Environment Ministries and agencies in charge of transport management) from 26 Asian countries, transport experts and representatives from international organizations were in attendance. The major achievements of the Forum are as follows:
  • Representatives from 26 Asian countries were in attendance, sharing policies and progressive examples on EST through discussions focusing on transportation resilient to disasters and adaptation to climate change based on COP21.
  • On the road to the targets shown in the Bangkok Statement 2020 which was adopted at the Fifth Forum in 2010, efforts of the countries were presented and interim summary of the efforts was provided. Participants committed to making further progress with EST towards the achievement of the target.
  • With the presentation of national EST strategies (2015-2040) that the government of Nepal has been developing, participants discussed how to secure resilient and sustainable transportation in Nepal.
  • It was agreed to hold workshops for South Asia and Southeast Asia as a new initiative for promoting EST. It was also agreed to hold the next Forum in Lao PDR.
Division in charge Environmental Transport Policy Division, Environmental Management Bureau
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Last updated November, 2015