The Twenty-third Session of the Intergovernmental Meeting on the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (IG23) was convened virtually from 24 to 25 November 2021 to make important decisions on the expansion of the scope of the EANET, among other topics. The event gathered over 70 representatives of the EANET participating countries, namely, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Russia, Thailand and Vietnam, the Secretariat, and Network Center for the EANET.
Following the decision of the previous Intergovernmental Meeting (IG22) in November 2020, the EANET countries have been working relentlessly on the process to expand the scope of the EANET to include other atmospheric environment-related substances. This historical progress required the EANET to develop a text supplementary document to the EANET Instrument, to define the scope of expansion and the target substances to be included in the EANET activities. The IG23 has adopted the text of the Supplementary Document (Annex) to the Instrument for Strengthening the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia. The IG23 has also approved several important documents, including, the EANET Project Fund and Project Guideline, the Work Program and Budget of the EANET in 2022, and the Summary of the Twentieth Anniversary of the EANET publication, a new outreach document detailing the EANET’s past achievements and future opportunities. The AIT RRC.AP had worked closely with the EANET Secretariat at UNEP in organising the IG23 virtual meeting. More details of the IG23 meeting.