Report of the First Phase Strategic Research
General Activities Report of the IGES Kitakyushu Office

Business Report

The IGES Kitakyushu Office conducted studies on advanced policies in urban environmental management and carried out the following activities targeting intercity cooperation that use the experiences of local governments.
・ Study on Methods for Improving Urban Environmental Infrastructure
・ Case Studies on Urban Environmental Management (Kitakyushu City, Ube City)
・ Support for the UN/ESCAP Ministerial Conference
Through the use of private funding and know-how, studies were conducted on promoting improvements to urban environmental infrastructure, in addition to the necessary methods for effective implementation. Using build-operate-transfer project field studies in the Philippines and Bangkok and the brainstorming of experts, studies were conducted on the necessary requirements to introduce private sector participation and role sharing of public and private sectors.
Forming a part of the IGES Urban Environmental Management Project, case studies were conducted by Kitakyushu City and Ube City, with results compiled in the project reports. Reports of independent studies on “Environmental Management Policies Using Information Technology” and “International Cooperation Policies Among Asian Cities” outline current and future environmental policies of Kitakyushu City.
The Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific 2000 (MCED 2000), hosted by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UN/ESCAP), was held in Kitakyushu City in September 2000. In order to provide support for this conference, the IGES Kitakyushu Office held six symposiums to increase awareness and understanding of environmental problems in Asia. The IGES Kitakyushu Office is involved in the creation and implementation of the Kitakyushu Initiative for a Clean Environment, which was endorsed at this conference.