2014年，我國環保署與創始夥伴美國環保署，在外交部的支持下，正式啟動國際環境合作夥伴計畫(International Environmental Partnership, IEP)。國際環境合作夥伴計畫透過簡單的夥伴概念與多元的合作方式，在區域及世界各地組成專家平臺網絡，致力於共通性環境挑戰議題，如氣候變遷、環境執法、環境教育等，於學校、社區、國家之應對能力的提升，進而能在區域乃至於國際間，累積共同改善環境的成果。
US and Asian Countries Visit Taiwan to Exchange Enforcement Experiences to Put an End to Water Pollution
The Taiwan EPA will co-host Strategies and Practices for Water Pollution Enforcement Workshop with the USEPA and AECEN in Taipei on November 8-10 with a total of about 70 participants from 15 nations. Officials of the Taiwan EPA, local bureaus of environmental protection, and scholars will attend the workshop as well.
The workshop is one of the activities under the International Environmental Partnership Program (IEP) this year. During the three-day agenda, participants will discuss and exchange experiences in the issues of “Control Strategy of Water Pollution”, “Water Pollution Inspection Practices”, “Technology used in Water Pollution Inspection and Practice”, “Water Pollution Control and Enforcement: Status and Challenges and Success Stories in Asian Countries”, and ”Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network”. Participants will also visit the sewage treatment plant of Hsinchu Science Park to learn about the implementation of sewage treatment and pollution control by the Park Bureau.
The IEP was officially launched in 2014 by the Taiwan EPA and its founding partner, the US EPA, with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Through a simple partnership concept and a diverse approach to cooperation, the IEP Program has formed a network of expert platforms in the region and around the world dedicated to address common environmental challenges such as climate change, environmental law enforcement, and environmental education, and to improve the coping capacity of schools, communities and countries, and accumulate the results of environmental improvement at the regional and international levels.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Taiwan EPA Minister Ying-Yuan Lee, said that our efforts in water pollution enforcement in recent years have spared no effort, and we have established a full range of enforcement strategies and practical experience and are willing to share our experience in environmental protection with other countries. We are looking forward to strengthening cooperation with Southeast Asian countries in environmental law enforcement and assisting these countries in protecting the environment while developing their economies. This workshop is to provide a platform for this purpose. We can establish a good partnership to work together for the protection of the Earth through the exchange of experiences in water pollution enforcement.
Minister Lee also gave a keynote speech “The Strategy and Effectiveness of Environmental Enforcement in Taiwan”. He said that in recent years, the Taiwan EPA has been promoting a number of new environmental enforcement strategies, such as the Water Pollution Control Act and related measures remedied to increase the amount of penalties, launching new programs of Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDL), and using pigs digested liquid and fiber as farmland fertilizer. The most important thing is to strengthen water pollution enforcement, and that the use of technology tools to monitor the environmental quality and control emissions of industrial pollutants will be the trend of environmental law enforcement in the future.
The EPA said that the workshop would help showcase Taiwan's achievements in the area of environmental protection and establish a network of cooperation with Asian countries in environmental enforcement, and effectively promote Taiwan's international visibility through environmental diplomacy.