The EANET 20th Anniversary celebration and the EANET Science and Policy Dialogue were organised back-to-back on 26 November 2021. The virtual event gathered over one hundred participants from 30 countries to discuss better air quality for all. The EANET’s 20th Anniversary celebration was organised to commemorate the significant milestones of the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET) in its twenty years of successful inter-regional cooperation and implementation of activities. The EANET was established in 2001 as a regional intergovernmental network to promote cooperation among thirteen Participating Countries, including Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam, to address acid deposition problems. Accumulating the progress of the EANET in the last 20 years, a new publication, 'Summary of The Twentieth Anniversary of The Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET),'' had been developed and was launched during the event. Hosted by the Ministry of the Environment, Japan, the celebration was highlighted with the congratulatory remarks of the EANET national focal points and the presentation of the Summary of the Twentieth Anniversary of the EANET. More details of the 20th anniversary.
The EANET Science and Policy Dialogue online event followed the EANET's 20th Anniversary celebrations and was organised to discuss the EANET's future direction, in partnership with scientists and policymakers. The event was highlighted with the Keynote Speeches entitled “Progress of Improvement, Challenges, and the Way forward on Air pollution Management in East Asia" and “Bringing Science and Policy in Tackling Air Pollution: Lessons Learned from Europe and Asia", and a Panel Discussion on the theme: “Bridging Science and Policy: The perspective of Future Cooperation on Air Pollution in the Region". Key discussion points included the importance of sound science-based information for policymakers, the necessity of improving communication among actors, as part of systemic approaches and in line with available funding strategies. The EANET's strengths, including the Network's longevity and its large number of Participating Countries, were also noted, highlighting its great opportunities for future wider collaborations at regional and international levels. The AIT RRC.AP supported the EANET Secretariat in organising these events. More details of the event.