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Activities in Fiscal Year 1999
(November 2000)[Projects Supporting UNEP IETC]
Dispatching Cooperation Staff
GEC dispatched cooperation staff to the UNEP International Environmental Technology Center (IETC) in addition to providing office accommodation and equipment. The cooperation staff undertook the management of some IETC projects under the direction of IETC Director. They played vital roles in planning and organizing the "International Symposium on Efficient Water Use in Urban Areas" and the "Regional Workshop on Application of Environmental Management System Principles to Urban Management".
Collecting and Disseminating Information
a. Development and Release of a Cleaner Production Technology Database
Place visited: <Bangkok, Thailand>
Place visited: Washington D.C., U.S.A.
Development of a Database on Environmental Technologies in Japan
GEC enhanced and updated the GEC Environmental Technology Database,NNETT21: Database on New Environmental Technology Transfer for the 21st Century.
Support in disseminating IETC's Environmental Technology Database "maESTro"
GEC supported activities to disseminate the environmental technology database and its management software for the searchable ESTs directory, "maESTro", which was developed by IETC.
Improvement in the GEC Web Site
GEC refined its Web site in January, 2000, and upgraded its search function which had only been available on the Environmental Technology Database (NETT21). This has enabled users to easily obtain information among the growing number of GEC's projects and publications. In addition, newly added topics are listed on the refined home page, updated information can be easily accessed. As of February 2000, the number of visitors per month exceeded 10,000, and continues to rise.
Case Study for Environmental Conservation Technology Transfer
GEC held the Committee on Environmental Technology, inviting administrators and experts from Thailand and Japan, (co-chaired by Mr. Prapat Poocharoen, Mayor of Lamphun and Dr. Isao Somiya, Professor of Graduate School of Engineering, Kyoto University) in Thailand in December, 1999 and March, 2000. The committee researched domestic wastewater treatment measures and compost-processing of kitchen waste in the city of Lamphun, Thailand, and exchanged opinions on technologies to improve the situation in those areas. GEC also carried out water quality monitoring training, mainly for the staff of the Lamphun Municipal Government in January, 2000.
a. The First Meeting of the Committee of Environment Technology
Venue: Chiang Mai and Lamphun, Thailand
b. The Second Meeting of the Committee of Environment Technology
Venue: Chiang Mai and Lamphun, Thailand
c. Training on Water Quality Monitoring
Major Training Items:
On-Site Practice in Sampling and Flow-rate Measurement at Kuang River,
Practice in BOD Analysis, etc.
Number of Participants: 13 (mainly from the Lamphun Municipal Government)
Project on Environmental Monitoring Technology Transfer
Under the guidance of the Committee for Studying Transfer of Environmental Monitoring Technology (chaired by Prof. Yasuaki Maeda, Faculty of Engineering, Osaka Prefecture University), GEC surveyed the actual conditions and needs for environmental monitoring in developing countries in Asia. GEC also held the Information Exchange Meeting on Environmental Monitoring Technology in Hanoi, Viet Nam in January, 2000 in order to exchange information with governmental organizations of Viet Nam to explore potential technical support.
Collection and Dissemination of Information on On-Site Green Techniques (OGTs)
GEC input information on easy and low-cost on-site green techniques (OGTs), which had been developed at manufacturing plants, etc., into NETT21 and made the information accessible to developing countries via the Internet. GEC promoted the dissemination of this OGTs information, linking it with the project on Cleaner Production Technology Information.
Publication of Japanese Version of "IETC's INSIGHT"
GEC with the International Lake Environment Committee Foundation (ILEC) jointly published a series of Japanese version of "IETC's INSGHIT," the IETC's newsletter to Japanese readers. The Japanese version includes the translations of articles from the original English version and also relevant articles introducing the various activities of its supporting foundations, GEC and ILEC.
Support in the Production of a IETC's PR Video
GEC provided library pictures and financial support in IETC's production of a PR Video which introduces IETC activities.
Seminars and Symposia
Venue: WHO, Centre for Health Development, Kobe, Japan
Co-organizers: Japan Environment Agency, ILEC and GEC
Participants: approx. 150
Support to the "Regional Workshop on Application of Environmental Management System Principles to Urban Management"
The regional workshop was organized by IETC in collaboration with the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) Szentendre, Hungary on July 6-9, 1999. 34 participants from 19 countries, mainly from Europe, participated in the workshop and EMS installation methods and their advantages/disadvantages were presented and discussed, based on actual experiences of local governments in several countries including Japan and the U.K.
Venue: Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC),
GEC, jointly with IETC and ILEC, participated in the exhibitions at the International Cooperation Festival'99 held at Hibiya Park, Tokyo on October 2 and 3, 1999 to commemorate the "International Cooperation Day (October 6)" and for publicity campaign.
Participation in the One World Festival 2000
GEC, jointly with IETC, participated in the exhibitions at the One World Festival 2000 which was held at the International House, Osaka on February 26 and 27, 2000.
[Projects for Capacity Building to Support UNEP and to Promote International Cooperation]
Survey and Research Projects
GEC was accredited as a training body for environmental auditors in the EMS Registration System based on ISO 14001 by the Japan Accreditation Board for Conformity Assessment (JAB) in October, 1997. In addition to the environmental auditor formal training courses and internal environmental auditor training courses, GEC established an environmental auditor refresh course for those who need registration renewal as environmental auditors.
a. Environmental Auditor Formal Training Courses and Internal Environmental Auditor Training Courses
<Environmental Auditor Formal Training Courses>
b. Support for EMS-Related Projects
<Internal Environmental Auditor Training Course for Osaka Municipal Government Staff>
To explore Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) projects and Joint Implementation (JI) projects stipulated in the Kyoto Protocol and to accumulate knowledge base for formulating international domestic rules in these areas, GEC, entrusted by Japan Environment Agency, invited and proposal from local governments and NGOs for forestation and control of methane gas generation in developing countries. Consequently, GEC selected eight proposals, mainly for developing countries in Asia. GEC also joined field studies in Mongolia, the Philippines and Malaysia in order to control the progress of the studies. GEC also evaluated the feasibility of the projects and compiled the findings of the studies.
Environmental Cooperation Project on Energy Use with Chongqing, China
Under the guidance of the Study Group on Energy-related Issues in Developing Countries (Chief: Prof.Yutaka Suzuki, Faculty of Engineering, Setsunan University), GEC facilitate environmental technological cooperation to develop technologies for the advanced utilization of natural gas in Chongqing City, China, where fuel conversion from coal to natural gas was underway. In May and August, 1999, GEC with the Study Group members had fact-finding missions to Chongqing. They visited industrial plants and had discussion with local governmental administrators and company engineers to obtain knowledge of the actual situation and their needs. In November, 1999, based on these discussions, GEC held a regional training course for administrators and engineers in Chongqing.
Place visited: Chongqing, China
Place visited: Chongqing, China
Venue: Chongqing Dadi Garden Hotel, Chongqing, China
Organizers: Association for Overseas Technical Scholarship (AOTS),
Chongqing Science and Technology Committee, and GEC
GEC organized the Research Group on Effective Urban Energy (Chief: Prof. Minoru Mizuno, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University) which conducts surveys and research to promote the effectiveness of new energy systems including solar cell, fuel cell and electric power generated by refuse incineration at UNEP-IETC Osaka facilities. In FY1999, the group compiled the "Report on Energy-Saving Technologies for Business Buildings" from information they collected in two years between FY1998 and FY1999 and launched preparations to develop it into a database in FY2000.
Proof Study on New Energy Systems
Driven by the fact that new energy systems including fuel cell and solar cell are the energy sources with less impact on the environment, GEC continuously assessed the long-term effectiveness of new energy systems while operating and maintaining the facilities.
Public Awareness Activities for Environmental Preservation
In efforts to transfer expertise on environmental awareness activities to developing countries, GEC, as preliminary research, collected information of activities that Japanese local governments, NGOs and NPOs have conducted.
Collecting and Providing, Disseminating Information
GEC has opened its library to the public, where books and publications on global environmental issue, especially UNEP-related publications, are collected. GEC has also made effort in increasing the number of UNEP-related publications and improving its library management system for the enrichment of the library.
GEC published a Japanese version of GEC NEWSLETTER No.17 in September, 1999 with enriched contents, including a special article featuring GEC activities, etc. GEC also published an English version of GEC Newsletter No.8 in April, 1999 to introduce its activities widely in abroad. In addition, GEC published "Global Environmental Centre Foundation Annual Report 1998" (Japanese/English) to explain projects implemented by GEC in 1998, to be distributed to relevant organizations in Japan and abroad.
Production of GEC PR Video
GEC produced a PR video, "Bridging You and the Earth (Japanese/English/Chinese)" in order to widely introduce GEC and its activities.
Commissioned by the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), GEC provided a training course on heavy metal pollution control in cooperation with the Department of Environment, Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries, Osaka Prefectural Government. GEC received six participants to foster experts to develop of preventive measures on heavy metal pollution. The program included lectures, analysis, practical training and facility tours.
Nationality of participants: India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines, Thailand and Mexico
Main course contents:
(b) Air pollution control measures
(c) Water pollution control measures
(d) Soil contamination prevention measures, and so on
(b) Sampling and analysis of river water
(c) Analysis of heavy metals in soil/waste, and so on
(b) Sewage treatment plant/water purification plant, and so on
Commissioned by JICA, GEC provided an environmental management seminar in cooperation with the Environment and Public Health Bureau of Osaka Municipal Government. GEC received nine participants who will play major roles in environmental management. The program included seminar-styled lectures, discussions, and facility tours.
Training period: June 14 - July 16, 1999
Nationality of participants: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, El Salvador, Mexico, Paraguay, Peru, and Suriname
Main course contents:
(b) International initiatives to protect the environment
(c) Joint action by governments, industry and citizens
JICA Training Course on Urban Solid Waste Management
Commissioned by JICA, GEC organized a training course on urban solid waste treatment in cooperation with the Environment Management Bureau of Osaka Municipal Government. GEC received five participants and provided lectures on collection, interim treatment and final disposal of urban solid waste, as well as practical training and facility tours.
Training period: August 16 - November 2, 1999
Nationality of participants: Indonesia, Yemen, Tanzania, Brazil, and Chile
Main course contents:
(b) Outline of waste management
(c) Processing of Domestic/industrial wastes, and so on
(b) Practice in designing a landfill site
(b) Final disposal sites, and so on
JICA Training Course on Air Pollution Control
Commissioned by JICA, GEC provided a training course on air pollution control in cooperation with the Environment and Public Health Bureau of Osaka Municipal Government. GEC received eight participants, the program provided lectures on air pollution prevention, prediction and management technologies, as well as practical training and facility tours.
Training period: September 20 - December 10, 1999
Nationality of participants: Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Egypt, Turkey, Chile, Colombia, and Peru
Main course contents:
(b) Air pollution control technology
(c) Air pollution measurement technology
(d) Air pollution prediction technology
(b) Environmental management technology
(b) Incineration plant, and so on
GEC Networking Project for the Former Training Participants
GEC established network to follow up JICA training courses as well as to facilitate information exchange between GEC and the former JICA training participants. GEC carried out a survey on needs for the network project in Malaysia in November, 1999 and organized One-Day-Seminars in Viet Nam and Malaysia in January, 2000. At the One-Day-Seminars, GEC exchanged opinions with participants about solid waste treatment and water pollution control as these issues were prioritized by the hosting countries. In an effort to strengthen the human network, GEC also issued the network's newsletter, "GEC PLAZA" No. 3 and 4 to promote information exchange between the network participants.
Venue: Ipoh and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Venue: Hanoi Daewoo Hotel, Hanoi, Viet Nam
Number of participants: 23
- Date: January 25, 2000
Venue: JICA Malaysia Office, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Number of participants: 13
Seminars and Symposia
On June 17, 1999, GEC jointly held a symposium, Let's Start Now, Green Purchasing, with the Global Environment Forum-KANSAI. The symposium introduced activities facilitating green purchasing and called for active promotion of purchasing products with less impact on environment.
Date: June 17, 1999
Venue: Dawn Center, Osaka
Organizers: Global Environment Forum- KANSAI and GEC
Supporting Organizations: Japan Environment Agency,
Osaka Municipal Government,
Conference on constructing affluent society
by citizen of Osaka Prefecture,
and Green Purchasing Network
Seminar on the World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought
On June 28, 1999, GEC held a seminar on "The State of Desertification Now and Japan's Role," jointly held with Japan Environment Agency, the Global Environment Forum-KANSAI and Global Environmental Forum, This seminar was held to commemorate the "World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought (June 17)." The seminar held a panel discussion and reported on overseas desertification prevention activities conducted by Japan's NGOs, with the purpose of raising awareness and dissemination of information about desertification.
Date: June 28, 1999
Venue: KKR Hotel, Osaka
Organizers: Japan Environment Agency, Global Environment Forum-KANSAI, Global Environmental Forum and GEC
Co-organizers: Osaka Prefectural Government and Osaka Municipal Government
Cooperating organization: Africa- Japan Forum
Number of participants: approx. 100
Symposium "How to Operate the Clean Development Mechanism"
On July 8, 1999, GEC held a tri-symposium composed of Japan, China and South Korea, jointly with the Global Environment Forum-KANSAI, to discuss future global warming problems centering on the Clean Development Mechanism stipulated in the Kyoto Protocol. In this symposium, researchers and concerned persons from Japan, China and South Korea discussed designing of the Kyoto Mechanism focusing on the Clean Development Mechanism as well as the domestic and international trends in climate change mitigation.
Date: July 8, 1999
Venue: RIHGA Royal Hotel NCB, Osaka
Organizers: Global Environment Forum-KANSAI and GEC
Kansai Association of Corporate Executives,
Osaka Industrial Association,
Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry,
and Kansai Economic Research Center
"NEW EARTH '99: Global Environment Technology Show" and International Symposium
GEC exhibited at the "NEW EARTH '99: Global Environment Technology Show-The Challenge: The Environmental Rebirth of the Earth" which introduced the latest environmental pollution preventive technologies and approaches taken by private sectors and local governments in the area. At the exhibit booth, GEC showed a video and exhibited panels to introduce GEC projects and also disseminated activities by IETC focusing on maESTro. GEC also cooperated in the organization of international symposium as a special cooperative organization.
a. NEW EARTH '99:Global Environment Technology Show
Period: October 20-23, 1999
Venue: INTEX OSAKA
Number of visitors: approx. 37,000
Venue: Conference Hall, Cosmosquare International Education and Training Center
Number of participants: 560 (2 days)
Symposium Commemorating the ISO Certification
Commemorating the Osaka Municipal Government's acquiring of ISO 14001 for its main hall in December, 1999, the "Symposium Commemorating the ISO Certification " was held at International House, Osaka on February 28, 2000 (organized by Osaka City). GEC cooperated to organize the symposium.
As a member of APEC (Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation) Steering Council of Environmental Technology Exchange Promotion, GEC participated in and cooperated with the Working Group to Study Steering Operation which was established in the council to improve the function of the APEC Environmental Technology Exchange Virtual Center.
8th International Environmental Cooperation Forum, West Japan
On March 4, 2000, GEC held the 8th International Environmental Cooperation Forum, West Japan as a secretariat at GEC facilities. 24 people from 11 organizations including IETC participated in the forum and exchanged information amongst its members. On this occasion, GEC produced Forum Note (1999 Version) and distributed copies to the participants.
GEC strove to increase the number of holders of the credit card it jointly developed with JCB Co.,Ltd. Under this credit card system, a portion of the amount paid when using the card in shopping, travelling, and the like is automatically contributed to GEC. Accordingly, card users can support global environmental preservation activities without making special donations.