PRESS RELEASE: Seminar on Formulating ASEAN-China Environmental Cooperation Action Plan 2016-2020

14-15 June 2016, Kunming, China

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The Seminar on Formulating ASEAN-China Environmental Cooperation Action Plan 2016-2020 was held on 14-15 June 2016 in Kunming, China. The Seminar aimed to formulate ASEAN-China Environmental Cooperation Action Plan (2016-2020) to operationalise the ASEAN-China Strategy on Environmental Cooperation (2016-2020), which was recently endorsed by the ASEAN Senior Officials on Environment (ASOEN) and China. The Seminar was co-chaired by Mr. Peng Bin, Director for China-ASEAN Environment Cooperation Centre, and Ms. Adelina Kamal, Director for Sustainable Development Directorate, ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Department of the ASEAN Secretariat. The Seminar was attended by senior officials from ASEAN Member States and China, and representatives from the ASEAN Centre for Biodiversity, United Nations Environment Programme, and national and local agencies in China. As part of the Seminar, a technical field visit was organised for the participants to witness how the Environmental Protection Bureau of Kunming Municipality utilises a state-of-the-art information and communications technology system to continuously monitor air and water pollution in the municipality, in close cooperation with private and public enterprises.

Among activities to be included in the proposed five-year Action Plan are biennial high-level policy dialogues, joint research, capacity building and technical exchange in the areas of Environmental Data and Information Management, Environmental Impact Assessment, Biodiversity and Ecological Conservation, Environmentally Sustainable Cities, Environmental Industry and Technology for Green Development, and Environmental Education and Public Awareness.  Upcoming activities in 2016 include the China-ASEAN Environmental Cooperation Forum 2016, focusing on Sustainable Urban Transformation for Green Development, to be held on 22-23 September in Nanning, China. The Action Plan will also contribute to the implementation of the post-2015 ASEAN Strategic Plan on Environment, the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community Blueprint 2025, and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The Seminar was organised by China-ASEAN Environment Cooperation Centre in close collaboration with ASOEN and ASEAN Secretariat. The Centre was established in 2010 by the Ministry of Environmental Protection of China, following the endorsement of the ASEAN-China Strategy on Environmental Protection Cooperation (2009-2015) in 2009.

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