As a side event to the International Forum for Sustainable Asia and the Pacific: ISAP 2010, on July 12-13, 2010, the Ministry of Environment, Government of Japan hosted a regional workshop in collaboration with AECEN. The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and Environmental Cooperation-Asia (ECO-Asia), a regional program of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), provided coordination and funding support in organizing the event.
The objectives of this three-day event were to:
- Share best practices, policies and innovative approaches and lessons learned from Asian countries on land contamination with a focus on challenges and solutions for effective soil contamination prevention and management including remediation methodologies, liability regimes and standards;
- Present an assessment of soil contamination management status and initiatives to tackle land contamination management in Asia;
- Conduct a focused workshop to develop a regional replication roadmap for Asian countries on regulatory control of land contamination; and
- Identify opportunities for AECEN member-to-member “twinning” initiatives.
The regional workshop included expert presentations, panel discussions and interactive workshop sessions aimed at developing a replication roadmap for regulated control of soil contamination in Asian countries, as well as an instructive field visit. Over 30 selected environmental officials, policy makers and environmental experts from India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam joined the meeting.
During the workshop, participants identified short- and medium-term priority areas for cooperation and assistance, which include standard setting, site identification, remediation technologies, liability regimes and risk assessment. Priority tools to enable effective replication of best practices included development of a comprehensive toolkit on best practices, targeted training and networking initiatives and twinning partnerships.
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