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Taiwan launches climate change adaptation initiative at COP21

Taiwan launches climate change adaptation initiative at COP21

Taiwan launched the Pan Pacific Adaptation on Climate Change (PPACC), an initiative to help the region deal with the effects of global warming, in Paris Sunday.

Several countries in the region are facing similar challenges as a result of climate change, and Taiwan has the technology to deal with those issues, said Wei Kuo-yen, minister of the Environmental Protection Administration (EPA), at the launch.

Asia needs the PPACC to help prepare for the impact of climate change, he said

The PPACC will work with the Center for Collective Intelligence (CCI) of Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the United States, according to the EPA.

The EPA's Office of Greenhouse Gases Reduction Management has also signed a letter of intent with the CCI's Climate CoLab on future cooperation, the EPA said.

Thomas W. Malone, director of the CCI, said at the launch that Climate CoLab's partnership with the EPA is its first in the Asia-Pacific region, which is at high risk from the effects of climate change because of its dense population.

The EPA said its office will work with Climate CoLab, which brings people around the world to work on climate change issues, to hold a series of events and contests to solicit ideas from the public.

Wei is in Paris for the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties (COP21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, to which Taiwan is not a party.

He is the first EPA minister from Taiwan to take part in activities around a U.N. climate change summit and is scheduled to hold bilateral talks with environmental protection officials from other countries during his visit. (By Emmanuelle Tzeng and Kay Liu)

Updated : 2021-09-21 20:21 GMT+08:00