The Expert Group Meetings are expected to be held annually, with participants from both Asia and the Pacific region and Japan. Representatives from Asia will introduce their environmental issues, challenges and concrete needs of the cities and the current progress of their work. On the other side of the meeting table, local governments from Japan, businesses and NGOs will introduce their technologies, know-how and share their experiences in overcoming issues such as environmental degradation at the municipality levels. Through the discussions, we aim to seek further opportunities for collaboration and partnerships, by matching the needs and technologies available. Pilot projects and follow up workshop information will also be available in this website.
The Fourth Expert Group Meeting on Sustainable Environmental Technology was held under the theme of (1) Water and (2) Sustainable Urban Development. On Day One, unique and innovative yet sustainable water solutions and technologies were introduced by Japanese local governments and private sector companies. For example, Fukuoka City introduced its water conservation know how and expertise, based on its experience of severe drought and scarce water sources.
From the private sector, innovative solutions for water security were introduced; such as small scale decentralized seawater desalination systems, rainwater treatment drinking water systems, rainwater catchment nets, and so on.
On Day Two, innovative urban development initiatives and ideas were shared, starting from Kitakyushu City; a smart city initiative which enables a cogeneration of industrial and residential a zones by utilizing energy generated from the industrial areas. Also introduced were refining architecture technology which enables reinforcement and retrofitting of old existing structures without scrapping the buildings, and more; a total of 12 technologies and experiences were introduced. The presentation materials of each of these technologies are available to download from the following pages.
From Asia and the Pacific Region, representatives from 13 countries and cities shared their current situations and issues related to water and urban development.