Biodiversity / Food / Water

March 15, 2007


Eighth Session of Intergovernmental Meeting on Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia Held

Keywords: Ecosystems / Biodiversity Government 

The Eighth Session of the Intergovernmental Meeting on the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET) was held in Hanoi, Vietnam on November 29 and 30, 2006. The meeting has been held annually by representatives of member countries and related international organizations to make decisions on EANET activities. The attendants of the meeting came from 13 countries: Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Philippines, Russia, Republic of Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and Myanmar.

During the session, the draft of the first periodic report on acid deposition in East Asian countries, compiled from data over four years, was presented and agreed for release. The strategies to be taken by EANET for the five years from 2006 to 2010 were also discussed, including research on transboundary air pollution. The ninth session will be hosted by Laos in the autumn of 2007.

The main activities of EANET include: acid deposition monitoring; compilation, evaluation, storage and provision of data; implementation of technical support and training programs for participating countries; promotion of research and studies related to acid deposition problems; and promotion of public awareness activities.

EANET started its activities on a regular basis from January 2001 in response to rapid increases in airborne pollutants that cause acid deposition and concern over the atmospheric environment induced by the recent economic growth in East Asia. Japan has been playing a key role in providing financial and technological support, and will continue its commitment to strengthening the bases of EANET activities and future development.

Posted: 2007/03/15 02:49:14 PM
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