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Publish Date: 17 December 2014 - 14:48
the IEST as the technical arm of ECO with an 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 resources”, is ready to render technical and scientific support to the Member States.
President of ECO-IEST at 5th ECO MiMEECO-IEST: Excelencies,
I would join other colleagues to offer my deep condolences t the people and the government of Pakistan. 
I would like to express my profound appreciation to the people and government of Turkey as well as the ECO Secretariat for their organising efforts and warm hospitality.
With no doubt, this gathering would enhance a dialogue amongst regional stakeholders and key policy-makers in the field of environmental conservation. 
I also would like to highlight the importance of the regional cooperation for prompt response to the environmental challenges and enhancing the synergy between ECO Member States and call on all involved stakeholders in the region to develop and consolidate common efforts to adopt the most coherent, equitable and sustainable cross-sectoral frameworks needed to address environmental challenges to further strengthen synergies with regional and global players. 
Since its establishment, the ECO-IEST made several contributions to ECO, namely through:
  • Postgraduate Courses on Environmental Management (PCEM)
  • Transboundary Movement of Biological Specimens and Species, 
  • Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES),
  • Ecosystem Management of Wetlands,
  • Application of Nanotechnology in Industry, Mining, Agriculture and Medicine, 
  • Environmental Biotechnology,
  • Climate Change and Biodiversity,
  • UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Reserves Network 
  • Financing for Forest conservation;
  • International Forum on Environmental Ethics,

Currently we have some mandates from ECO deceision making bodies on:
  • Framework Plan of Action on Environment Cooperation and Global Warming;
  • Combating desertification;
  • Network on Trans-boundary Protected Areas,
  • Building Development and Finance Planning Frameworks for Effective Management of Ecosystem Services.

Here in Istanbul we have also been mandated to support Member States on SOE and Green Economy. 
 Having said that, the IEST as the technical arm of ECO with an 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 resources”, is ready to render technical and scientific support to the Member States.

Thank you.

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