US of­fi­cial praises ROC en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tive

The China Post - - LOCAL -

Wei Kuo-yen ( ), vis­it­ing head of Tai­wan's En­vi­ron­men­tal Pro­tec­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion, vis­ited his U.S. coun­ter­part Gina McCarthy Tues­day, who lauded a Tai­wan­launched en­vi­ron­men­tal ini­tia­tive dur­ing their meet­ing.

McCarthy praised the re­sults of the In­ter­na­tional En­vi­ron­men­tal Part­ner­ship (IEP), a pro­gram launched last year with the aim of shar­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and tech­nol­ogy in en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion, cit­ing the ex­am­ples of mer­cury mon­i­tor­ing, elec­tronic waste man­age­ment, city air qual­ity and soil pol­lu­tion man­age­ment.

She noted that Tai­wan's con­tri­bu­tion to en­vi­ron­men­tal pro­tec­tion has not only ben­e­fited Asian and North Amer­i­can coun­tries, but has also ben­e­fited Latin Amer­ica and Africa.

Wei for his part ex­pressed ap­pre­ci­a­tion to the United States for con­tin­u­ing to play the role of a solid part­ner, not­ing that since the launch of the IEP, nearly 30 coun­tries have taken part in about 30 sem­i­nars, work­shops and train­ing camps.

Wei took part in the first con­fer­ence of the IEP pro­gram in Washington Aug. 10.

The launch of the IEP ini­tia­tive was wit­nessed by Pres­i­dent Ma Ying-jeou ( ) and McCarthy, when the lat­ter vis­ited Tai­wan in April 2014.

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