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.
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.
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.
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.
2.Information sharing and technology;
3.Networking, scientific cooperation and resource mobilization;
4.Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA).
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.