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U.S. officials in Taiwan to mark anniversary of environmental program

U.S. officials in Taiwan to mark anniversary of environmental program

Taipei, April 21 (CNA) U.S. Environmental Protection Agency officials are visiting Taiwan to celebrate the first anniversary of the International Environmental Partnership (IEP) program with Taiwan and highlight bilateral environmental cooperation. On Wednesday, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Acting Assistant Administrator for International and Tribal Affairs Jane Nishida and Jared Blumenfeld, administrator for the agency's Pacific Southwest Region, will join Taiwan's Environmental Protection Administration (EPA) head Wei Kuo-yen (???) at a ceremony in Taipei to commemorate the first anniversary of the IEP, said the American Institute in Taiwan (AIT). During the ceremony, the officials will share the results of bilateral environmental cooperation under the program, the EPA said. The IEP was launched during an April 2014 visit to Taiwan by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, the highest-level U.S. Cabinet official to visit Taiwan in about 14 years. The program is aimed at allowing the U.S. and Taiwan to share environmental expertise with partners in the Asia-Pacific region and other regions of the globe. During their five-day visit, the U.S. officials are scheduled to meet with Taiwanese senior environmental authorities, said the AIT, which represents U.S. interests in Taiwan in the absence of bilateral diplomatic ties. They will also participate in discussions with local government officials in the eastern county of Taitung and meet indigenous community leaders to discuss environmental education and other areas of potential environmental cooperation, the AIT said. The officials are also scheduled to meet with Taichung officials to advance the Cities Clean Air Partnership initiative in an effort to advance cooperation in air quality protection, the AIT said. (By Elaine Hou)


Updated : 2021-09-19 11:41 GMT+08:00