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IGES establishes its Beijing Office to strengthen research activities jointly conducted with China


29 June 2006

IGES Beijing Office established.

The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES), Hayama, Japan will establish a Beijing office (the Sino-Japan Cooperation Project Office), on 2 July 2006, as a hub to strengthen research activities jointly conducted with China in recognition of its strategic importance in the environmental policies of the Asia-Pacific region.

The IGES Beijing Office will be located at the Sino-Japan Friendship Center for Environmental Protection*1, an institution affiliated to the State Environmental Protection Administration of China (SEPA) located in Beijing's Chaoyang District. Working closely with the Sino-Japan Friendship Center for Environmental Protection, the Office will aim to serve as a base for developing various research activities conducted bilaterally between China and Japan and multilaterally in conjunction with various international organisations.

1. Location of the Beijing Office (Sino-Japan Cooperation Project Office)
Sino-Japan Friendship Center for Environmental Protection
5F Room No. 505
No. 1 Yuhui Nan-lu, Chaoyang District, Beijing, People's Republic of China

2. Structure of the organisation

(1) The organisation will be composed of an office director, researchers and local employees.
(2) Headquarters will assign researchers to each cooperation project on a part time basis.

3. Research activities scheduled

The Beijing Office will strive to broaden and strengthen its research activities using outside funding from a variety of sources, in addition to the internal funding from IGES.
For the moment, the Office will implement activities in the following areas:
(1) Prevention of air pollution and acid rain
(2) Prevention of water pollution and water resource management
(3) Promotion of the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, and recycle) and a circular economy as well as the treatment of hazardous waste
(4) Improvement of the urban environment
(5) Prevention of global warming
In the area of air pollution prevention, IGES has started a training project for developing action plans on the improvement of the urban air environment. The project is being conducted in cooperation with the Sino-Japan Friendship Center for Environmental Protection, together with support from the State Environmental Protection Administration of China (SEPA) and funding from the World Bank.
Furthermore, in the area of global warming prevention, IGES has already launched a Japan-China CDM (Clean Development Mechanism) capacity building project in collaboration with Tsinghua University, with support from the National Development and Reform Commission of China.
In addition, IGES is now implementing "Research on Innovative and Strategic Policy Options Second Phase (RISPO)II". This project was started last fiscal year and is being jointly conducted with the Sino-Japan Friendship Center for Environmental Protection.

4. Conclusion of an agreement for cooperation between IGES and the Sino-Japan Friendship Center for Environmental Protection

SEPA and IGES signed for the agreement for cooperation
In order to strengthen the foundations and capabilities of the Beijing Office (Sino-Japan Cooperation Project Office), IGES and the Sino-Japan Friendship Center for Environmental Protection will sign an Agreement for Cooperation in the Area of Environmental Protection*2.

The signing ceremony will take place on 2 July 2006 at the Great People's Hall in Beijing with senior government officials from both nations expected to attend the event.


For enquiries about this press release please contact:
Mr. Hideaki KOYANAGI, Director, IGES Beijing Office
The Institute for Global Environmental Strategies(IGES)
Tel: +81-46-855-3867 Fax: +81-46-855-3809
Email: koyanagi@iges.or.jp ; koyanagi@vip.sina.com
(Please send any messages to both of the above email addresses.)


Ms. KIDO
, PR Officer, IGES
Email: iges@iges.or.jp
2108-11 Kamiyamaguchi, Hayama, Kanagawa, 240-0115 Japan
Tel: +81-46-855-3734 Fax: +81-46-855-3709


Note 1: Sino-Japan Friendship Center for Environmental Protection
The Sino-Japan Friendship Center for Environmental Protection is an organisation affiliated to the State Environmental Protection Administration of China (SEPA). The building and basic facilities of the center were built by the grant aid from Japan with around JPY10.5 billion. Since 1992, it has engaged in technical cooperation with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) on numerous projects.
The Center aims to become a contact point, hub, and platform for cooperation between Japan and China in areas relating to the environment. The center has some 250 employees.

Note 2: Summary of the Agreement for Cooperation
Agreement for Cooperation in the Area of Environmental Protection between the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) and the Sino-Japan Friendship Center for Environmental Protection of the State Environmental Protection Administration, China.

1. Both institutions will preserve and promote cooperation in the area of environmental protection based on a principle of mutual and equal benefit.

2. Cooperation activities will be conducted in the following areas:

(a)
Prevention of air pollution and acid rain
(b)
Prevention of water pollution and water resources management
(c)
Promotion of the 3Rs (reduce, reuse, and recycle) and a circular economy as well as the treatment of hazardous waste
(d)
Improvement of urban environment
(e)
Prevention of global warming
(f)
Preservation of ecosystems and biological diversity
(g)
Other areas which both institutions will agree to work on in the future

3. Forms of cooperation activities
(a)
Exchange of information and materials
(b)
Exchange of researchers, technical personnel, and other specialists
(c)
Holding of joint meetings and seminars attended by researchers, technical personnel, and other specialists
(d)
Implementation of cooperation plans (including joint research) agreed upon by both institutions
(e)
Mutual provision of research space which will allow both institutions to smoothly execute the cooperation activities outlined in items (a) - (d).
(f)
Cooperation in other forms which both institutions will agree upon in the future.

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