Taiwan to export experience under U.S.-backed environmental drive
Central News Agency
2014-04-14 07:28 PM
Taipei, April 14 (CNA) A Taiwan-launched environmental initiative, with the United States as a founding partner, will enable Taiwan to export its environmental protection experiences and technology to the world and learn from other countries, Taiwanese officials said Monday. The International Environmental Partnership was inaugurated in Taipei Monday by Wei Kuo-yen, the head of Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), and witnessed by President Ma Ying-jeou and visiting U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy. Wei said the partnership has "opened up a new page" in Taiwan-U.S. cooperation on environmental protection and will allow Taiwan and the United States to jointly promote environmental projects in other countries. Taiwan and the United States have cooperated on environmental protection for two decades and the efforts have helped Taiwan transform itself into an exporter of environmental protection experiences and technology, Wei said. Liu Tsung-yung, an official with the EPA's Office of Sustainable Development, said the new partnership seeks to facilitate more environmental exchanges between Taiwan and the international community and help Taiwan learn about advanced technologies from other countries. Taiwan faces several urgent environmental problems and can benefit by learning from other countries in areas such as soil and groundwater pollution remediation, electronic waste recycling management, data management and mercury monitoring, Liu said. In addition to learning from others, Taiwan could also export its own experiences under the partnership, he said. For example, New Taipei's Jian-An Elementary School -- known for its low carbon classroom and ecological pond -- is a model worthy of sharing with the world, he said. McCarthy paid a visit to the elementary school earlier Monday. Meanwhile, President Ma Ying-jeou called the partnership "another important milestone" in Taiwan-U.S. relations, saying it shows Taiwan's willingness to make contributions to the international community. (By Chen Chih-chung, Liu Li-rong and Christie Chen)
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