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Publish Date: 11 October 2014 - 13:58

About ECO-IEST 

Following the proposal for establishing the ECO College of Environment to the 2nd ECO Ministerial Meeting on the Environment in Istanbul (October 15, 2004), establishing a Task Force consisting of representatives of Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey in collaboration with the ECO Secretariat was recommended in order to carry out a study on this subject and submit its findings and recommendations for consideration of the Working Group on Environment (WGE) and the Ministerial Meeting.
The Task Force Meeting for the establishment of ECO College of Environment was held three times:
1-3 May, 2005 in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran and members visited four institutes.
7-8 December, 2005 in Islamabad, Islamic Republic of Pakistan and members visited two institutes.
17-18 April, 2006 in Ankara, Republic of Turkey and members visited two institutes.

Task Force report was circulated to all ECO member states, and considered by the 4th meeting of the ECO Working Group on the Environment held on 21-22 May, 2006 in Tehran, Iran. This report then was submitted to the 3rd ECO Ministerial Meeting which held in Kazakhstan in June\July 2006, where establishment of the ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology was adopted.

According to the decision of the 3rd ECO Ministerial Meeting on Environment (30 June 2006, Almaty, Kazakhstan), the ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ECO-IEST) was established to generate knowledge through research and studies on environment in ECO region; to strengthen human resources through training and educational programmes, seeking to expand theoretical and practical knowledge; to promote scientific and technical cooperation and exchange of experiences and create a network of experts in the region; and to strengthen bilateral and multilateral co-operation to mobilize international assistance for environmental conservation in the ECO region.

Following the proposal for upgrading the status of the Institute, into an ECO Regional Center (Category B), the 25th and 26th meetings of the Regional Planning Council (RPC), as well as ECO Council of Ministers (extraordinary session, 2 October 2015, Ney York) have reiterated to consider this issue in line with the outcomes of the ongoing reform process within the ECO and the Member States are requested to communicate their final views/comments on the draft charter of the ECO-IEST.

Strategy
1-To generate knowledge through research and studies on environment in ECO region;
2-To strengthen human resources through training and educational programmes, seeking to expand theoretical and practical knowledge;
3-To promote scientific and technical cooperation and exchange of experiences and create a network of experts in the region which is important to support global and regional conservation measures; 
4-To strengthen bilateral and multilateral co-operation to mobilize international assistance for environmental conservation in the ECO region.

Overall Goal
To strengthen the capacity of key actors in environmental conservation in the region, and promote exchange of information and experiences with efficient management of resource.
General Targets
A number of general targets, forming part of an integrated framework, make up the scope of the strategy; they are to be achieved through specific actions at national, regional and local levels.
1.Professional training; 
2.Information sharing and technology;
3.Networking, scientific cooperation and resource mobilization;
4.Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA).

About ECO
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ECO is an intergovernmental regional organisation established in 1985 by Iran, Pakistan and Turkey as the successor of Regional Cooperation for Development (RCD) (1964-1979) for promoting economic, technical and cultural cooperation.

In 1992, ECO was expanded to include seven new members, namely: Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Republic of Uzbekistan. 
The region is full of bright trading prospects. Despite its young age, ECO has developed into a thriving regional organisation with growing international stature.
     
 website: www.ecosecretariat.org   /  Tel:  +9821  22831733-4  &  22292066                                                             


Our Team

Asghar Mohammadi Fazel, President

Dr. Asghar Mohammadi Faezl has been serving as the president of the ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology since its establishment in February 2011. But his role in establishing ECO-IEST goes back to the tasks force which was mandated by the 2nd Ministerial Meeting on Environment , Istanbul (October 6, 2004) to carry out a study the capacities and potential of all the Member States for hosting this institute.
With more than 25 years' experience of working in a range of national, regional and international multilateral environmental agreements, he has chaired the Subsidiary Body on Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), held several scientific and academic positions and has been involved in many research studies in conservation, pollution control, environmental planning and economic valuation, mostly funded by the Global Environment Facility. 
He has been the Vice Head of Iran's Department of Environment and Chancellor of the College of Environment on several occasions. He is also a faculty member of the College of Environment in Iran. Dr. Fazel has a PhD in Environmental Sciences.

Sasan Rabieh, Coordinator 

Faculty Member of the Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran and former faculty member of the College of Environment has been the coordinator of the ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology since early 2012. 
With PhD degree in Environmental Analytical Chemistry from University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany (2007), Dr. Rabieh is an expert in environmental chemistry and toxicology. He has also been a visiting scholar to the Chemistry Department of University of Aberdeen, Scotland (2004), postdoctoral researcher at the Environmental Geochemistry group of the University of Bayreuth, Germany (2009), project leader at the Chemical Research Department in Reykjavík, Iceland (2007-2009) and scientific researcher at Institute of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany (2001-2007).



Ahmad Talebi, Advisor

Current Vice Dean of the College of Environment has a PhD in Environmental Geology from University of Mysore, India.  Dr. Talebi was the Deputy Director General of Provincial Directorate of the Department of Environment in Tehran and Senior Expert of the Bureau of Soil and Water of the Iran's Department of Environment. Expert in geology, geochemistry, hydrogeology, and water pollution, he is a member of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, National Energy Committee, International Solid Waste Association, Iranian Association of Water Resources and ex-member of the Indian Geological Society. Dr. Talebi has been an advisor to ECO-IEST since its inauguration in 2011.


Ozer Cinar, Advisor

More than 10 years of teaching and research experience at different academic institutions in Turkey, Bosnia and Herzegovina and USA. Professor of the Yildiz Technical University, director of the CNR Research Group and former rector of International University of Sarajevo with expertise in environmental engineering and science. Dr. Cinar has a Ph.D in Environmental Engineering and Science from Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA, 2002. Former Professor of the Kahramanmaras Sütçü İmam Üniversity has cooperated with ECO-IEST as a part time advisor, among all, during the Asia-Pacific Regional IPBES Meeting, International Forum on Environmental Ethics, International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, etc. He has also been a member of the tasks force which was mandated by the 2nd Ministerial Meeting on Environment , Istanbul (October 6, 2004) to carry out a study the capacities and potential of all the Member States for hosting this institute and played an active role in establishment of the Institute.


Ehsan Mohammadi, Public Relations Advisor 

Winner of the National Environment Award 2014 and prominent Iranian journalist and environmental activist has been the Public Relations Advisor of ECOIEST since its establishment. Editor in Chief of the Zistboom Environmental News has the Master of Science in Social Communications Science and more than a decade experience of cooperating with several major newspapers such as Etemad, Jame Jam, Shargh, Rouzergar, Jahan-e-Sanat, etc.




Azin Fazeli, former Coordinator

Current PhD research student at Griffith University of Australia was the Coordinator of the Institute until January 2012. Ms. Fazeli played an important role in the establishment and early phases of the Institute including orgnising the 6 week Postgraduate Certificate on Environmental Management (PCEM). 
Before coming to ECO-IEST, she was the Communications Officer of the Ramsar Regional Center- Central and West Asian (RRC-CWA) and the Technical Officer of the Siberian Crane Wetlands Project- UNEP/GEF as well. Among all, she is an expert on environmental policy, sustainable development, environmental awareness, climate change, environmental sciences and environmental management systems.



Amir Tolouei, Assistant Coordinator

With a Master of Science in engineering, Amir Tolouei has been with ECO-IEST since the early days of its inauguration in 2011. In addition to coordination duties, Amir Tolouei is also the administrator of the website of the institute. He also serves as a part time lecturer on general chemistry, environmental chemistry and English in the College of Environment. As a freelance journalist, assistant coordinator of ECO-IEST also writes for a number of newspapers, websites and magazines.


 

Mojtaba Mansourkiaei, Communication Officer

With a Bachelor of Science in Pollution Control Engineering, Mojtaba Mansourkiaei has been with ECO-IEST since late 2015 as the communication officer of the Institute. He is responsible for communications, public relations, and public affairs of ECO-IEST. He is also the co-administrator of our website.



Contact Us

Address: Standard Sq., Karaj, Iran

P.O.Box: 31746-118

Tel/Fax: +98-26- 32822266

Email: info[at]eco-iest.org  

eco.iest@yahoo.com

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