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Publish Date: 14 December 2017 - 14:30
A statement by the president of ECO-IEST at the 28th ECO Regional Planning Council meeting in Islamabad, Pakistan.
ECO-IEST: During the 28th ECO Regional Planning Council meeting, on 11-14 December 2017, in Islamabad, Dr. Asghar Mohammadi Fazel, president of the ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ECO-IEST) was invited to deliver a statement the background and current status of ongoing activities of the Institute, along with the recommendations and proposals for future work, the full text of this statement is as follows: 

In the Name of God

Thank you Mr. Chairman for giving me the floor;
Your Excellency Mr. Sertaj Aziz,
Your Excellency Khalil Ibrahim Akcha,
Esteemed delegations of Member States, 
Ladies and gentlemen,

It is a great pleasure and honor for me, as the President of the ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology to address the 28th Regional Planning Council on the background, status and prospect of the Institute.

First of all let me thank people and the governmental of  I. R. Pakistan for their hospitality and also the government of the I. R. Iran not only for providing office, human resources and the majority of the budget of the Institute, while the rest has been provided through international donors. 
As you are well informed, the ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology was created in 2006 with the rationale of:
  • generating knowledge;
  • strengthening human resources;
  • promoting scientific and technical cooperation;
  • creating a network of experts in the region; 
  • strengthening bilateral and multilateral co-operation; and 
  • to mobilize international assistance for environmental conservation.

While the overall goal of the ECO-IEST has been 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; we have set 
  • Professional Training;
  • Information Sharing and Technology;
  • Networking;
  • Scientific cooperation; 
  • Resource mobilization;
  • Communication, Education and Public Awareness (CEPA)

Ladies and Gentlemen,;

I'm really proud to inform the meeting some of the highlighted activities of ECO-IEST in 2017 with full support of the ECO Secretariat:

Agreement with the Griffith University of Australia on possible fields of environmental professional training and research collaboration in particular on the Climate Change Adaptation and Sand and Dust Storms;

Follow-up the MOU with the ISPERA of Italy for capacity building and technology transfer projects on Green Technologies in the ECO region; succeeded to receive initial agreements for the Smart City project to be conducted at the University College of Environment where the IEST office is located through an special fund provided by the Government of Italy.   

Finalization of the Project Development Phase of "Combating desertification with a special emphasis on dust haze and sand storm in the ECO region" after organizing a Consultation Workshop held in July 2017 at the ECO Secretariat, where it was agreed to submit the concept of  the ECO LandCare Initiative for a long-term programme. The Draft has already been submitted to the Member States on 18 September 2017 for their final views and comments.  


Considering the capacity which has been built in the Institute and experience gained during past decade, we are honored to closely cooperate with all Member States, the Secretariat and other Specialized Agencies and Affiliated bodies in pursuing the ECO environmental agenda and so, the ECO-IEST will remain available to serve the Economic Corporation Organization.
Thank you Mr. Chairman;

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