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TAIEF Project

Completed events

TAIEF offers capacity development through peer-to-peer exchanges between EU Member State experts and their counterparts in partner countries. The aim is to share EU environmental policy experiences with international partners, and thereby promote green growth and greater resource efficiency. The table below summarises the completed TAIEF events. If you are eligible and believe that you could benefit from TAIEF support, kindly send an enquiry or a completed application form to taief@niras.com. Don’t hesitate to contact TAIEF by email for further information or assistance in completing an application form.

TAIEF Annual Activity Reports: 2014, 2015, 2016

Date Title Location Description Partners
2017/09/18-2017/09/22
Review of Vietnam’s draft comprehensive environmental technical regulations for water quality protection Ha Noi, Vietnam Expert mission: to review and comment on the emerging legal framework for water quality protection, drawing on relevant insights from EU experiences, notably concerning environmental quality standards. •Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Viet Nam
•National Institute of Health, Italy
•Authorities ATO № 1 North Lazio – Viterbo, Italy
2017/09/07-2017/09/14
Sustainable production and consumption in the tourism sector: A step closer to a circular economy Santiago de Chile (Metropole Region), Valdivia (Los Ríos Region), Coyhaique, Chile Combined expert mission + workshop: to build capacity and share EU experiences on sustainable development in the tourism, hotel and restaurant business (circular economy, sustainable procurement and consumption). •Ministry of Environment, Chile
•Association of Environmental Companies and Professionals (ΑΕΡΑ)
•Eurochile Business Foundation, Chile
•CTM CENTRE TECNOLOGIC – EURECAT, Spain
•The Sustainable Restaurant Association, United Kingdom
2017/09/04-2017/09/07
Industrial pollution prevention and inspections The Netherlands, Belgium Study visit from Vietnam: to learn about EU policy and best practices from the Netherlands and Belgium. •The International Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement, INECE
•European Network for the Implementation and Enforcement of Environmental Law, IMPEL
•The Netherlands:
• Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate, Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
•Rijnmond Area Environmental Protection Agency (DCMR)
Belgium:
•Bruxelles Environnement-IBGE, Belgium
•Government of Flanders Environment Department, Spatial Development, Environmental Planning and Projects Division, Belgium
•The Flemish Knowledge Centre for Best Available Techniques
2017/09/04-2017/09/08
Gap analysis towards ratification of the Stockholm Convention and to learn from EU experiences Prague and Brno, The Czech Republic Study visit from Malaysia: This event builds on a December 2016 expert mission to Malaysia on the same topic. •Department of Environment Malaysia, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
•Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic
•Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment (RECETOX)
2017/08/22-2017/08/25
XIX Technical Meeting and XXXIII Ordinary Meeting of the Vicuña Convention Cusco, Peru Workshop: EU expert support on conservation of the vicuña, addressing regulatory measures and climate change challenges with key regional stakeholders. •Servicio Nacional Forestal y de Fauna Silvestre (SERFOR)
•Ministry for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition, France
2017/08/28-2017/09/01
Field mission on the management plan for big-leaf mahogany timber (Swietenia macrophylla) Brasilia and Rio Branco (Acre), Brazil Expert mission: review of measures for CITES compliance concerning bigleaf mahogany timber exports to the EU. •Agrocortex - Madeiras do Acre
•IBAMA- Instituto Brasiliero do Meio Ambiente e dos Resursos Naturais Renováveis
•Instituto da Conservacao da Natureza e das Florestas, I. P., Portugal
•CITES Scientific Authority Plants at the Bundesamt fur Naturschuts, Germany
2017/08/21-2017/08/25
Solid Waste Management Belgium, Portugal Study visit from Brazil, for representatives of Sao Paolo’s GreenBlue Municipality Programme (PMVA): Exchange of waste management experiences with representatives from national and local authorities in Belgium and Portugal. •Secretariat for the Environment of the State of Sao Paulo
•Jaguariuna City Hall, Brazil
•Prefeitura Municipal de Pongai, Brazil
•Prefeitura Municipal de Botucatu, Brazil
•Prefeitura Municipal Guzolandia, Brazil
•OVAM - Public Waste Agency of Flanders, Belgium
•IMOG - Intergemeentelijke Maatschappij voor Openbare Gezondheid, Belgium
•The Portuguese Environment Agency (APA), Portugal
•Sociedade Ponto Verde (SPV), Portugal
•Valorsul - Valorização e Tratamento de Resíduos Sólidos das Regiões de Lisboa e do Oeste, Portugal
2017/07/03-2017/07/05
International Conference on Combating Sand and Dust Storms Tehran, Iran Expert mission: Share experience and enhance international and regional co-operation for combatting sand and dust storms, including preventative measures. •UNDP, UNEP, UNDESA, WMO, UNCCD
•Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Iran
•Local municipalities
2017/07/10-2017/07/14
Combined expert mission and workshop on EU regulations and successful good practices in waste management and their potential adaptation to Kazakhstan Astana, Kazakhstan Joint expert mission and workshop: To share EU’s waste management experiences and best practices with partners in Kazakhstan and Central Asia •Ministry of Energy, Waste Management Department, Kazakhstan
•Environment Agency Austria (Umweltbundesamt GmbH)
•Centre for Sustainable Production and Consumption, Almaty, KZ
2017/06/13-2017/06/15
EU-China Workshop on Air Quality: Policy, Science and Technology Ispra, Italy Study visit: To share experiences in addressing air quality challenges. •Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission
•Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES)
2017/06/08-2017/06/09
Participation in a Workshop on identification of CITES timber species (5 study visits) Hamburg, Germany 5 Study visits from PE, GT, SA, TH, ID: To participate in an international workshop on CITES compliance for traded timber and wood products. •Bundesamt für Naturschutz
•Thünen Institute of Wood Research, Hamburg
2017/05/29-2017/06/02
First lnternational ReLASC-NICOLE Seminar - Management of Contaminated Sites Lima, Peru Expert Mission: Capacity building and exchange of experiences with site investigations, remediation techniques and sustainable management of contaminated sites. •Peruvian Ministry of Environment
•Network for lndustrially Co-ordinated Sustainable Land Management in Europe (NICOLE)
2017/05/14-2017/05/19
International trade in brown caimans (CITES) - follow up visit Bogota-Tolu-San Antero-Barranquilla, Colombia Expert mission: To strengthen EU/Colombian CITES collaboration concerning trade in brown caimans. •Autonomous Regional Corporations
•CITES Scientific Authorities
2017/05/14-2017/05/20
Urban River restoration Curitiba Metropolitan Region, Brazil Expert Mission: Capacity building on river basin management, urban river restoration (zoning, bioremediation of contaminated soils). Follow-up to July 2016 study visit to Finland. •Federal University of Parana (UFPR) in Curitiba
•Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
•Lake Vesijarvi Foundation
•University of Oulu
2017/04/23-2017/04/29
Access to Information, Public Participation in Decision-Making and Access to Justice in Environmental Matters Denmark, Sweden Study visit from Malaysia: Share perspectives from Sweden and Denmark in public participation and public access to information for effective environmental management. •European Environment Agency, Denmark
•Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development (SWEDESD)
•The Danish Ministry of Environment and Food
•Court of Appeal Judge, the Land and Environment, Sweden
•Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
•Ministry of the Environment and Energy

2017/04/18-2017/04/29
Effective Contaminated Land Management and Control Strategy Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany Study visit from Malaysia: Scientific understanding, policies, and proven best practices for managing and remediating contaminated land. •Rijkswaterstaat Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Netherlands
•Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany
•OVAM, the Public Waste Agency of Flanders, Belgium
2017/02/27-2017/03/02
China-EU Workshop on Soil: Policy, Science and Technology Beijing, China Expert mission: For EU expert participation in a workshop on contaminated soil management and remediation of contaminated sites. •Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences (CRAES)
•People’s Republic of China’s Ministry of Environment Protection
•European Delegation, Beijing
•University of Nottingham, UK
•Italian National Institute for Environmental Protection and Research, ISPRA
•Archiland A/S, Denamark
•Tauw bv, the Netherlands
•Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment, Finland
•EMGRISA, Spain
•Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the Netherlands
2017/01/09-2017/01/11
Technical support for the Mekong Regional Technical working Group on EIA Yangon, Myanmar Expert mission: the fourth TAIEF event to support capacity building and regional dialogue on EIA among key stakeholders from lower Mekong countries. •Pact/Mekong Partnership for the Environment (MPE)
•Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
•Asia n Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN)
•United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)
•Members of the Regional Technical Working Group on EIA representing the 5 lower Mekong countries (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam)
•Ministry of Environment and Spatial Planning, Slovenia
2016/12/13-2016/12/16
Development of Contaminated Land Management and Control Legislation Putrajaya, Malaysia Expert mission: to review policy and requirements for managing contaminated land in Malaysia. •Malaysia’s Department of Environment, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment
•Public Waste Agency of Flanders (OVAM), Belgium
•Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety, Germany
•Cranfield University and MK Soil Science Ltd
•Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment, the Netherlands
2016/12/05-2016/12/07
EU-China Exchange on approaches to water management Ispra, Italy Study Visit from China: Exchange on integrated water resources management and participation in the EU-China Workshop on “Water: Policy, Science and Technology” •Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences
•Chinese Ministry of Environmental Protection
•Joint Research Centre (JRC), European Commission
2016/11/28-2016/12/02
Gap analysis support for Malaysia’s ratification of the Stockholm Convention Putrajaya, Malaysia Expert Mission: Review Malaysia’s legal and institutional framework for regulating persistent organic pollutants and hazardous materials, to support national ratification of the Stockholm Convention. •Ministry of Natural Resources & Environment
• Ministry of the Environment of the Czech Republic
•Research Centre for Toxic Compounds in the Environment (RECETOX)
•Masaryk University
2016/11/28-2016/12/02
Integrated municipal waste management regulatory framework Brussels, Belgium and Vienna, Austria Study Visit from South Africa: To demonstrate progress towards sustainable waste management solutions from two EU Member States at the vanguard •Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa
•Pikitup Johannesburg (SOC) Ltd
•South African Local Government Association
•Municipal Waste Europe
•OVAM - Public Waste Agency of Flanders, Belgium
•IMOG, Belgium
•Fost Plus, Belgium
•Recupel, Belgium
•Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management, Austria

2016/11/23-2016/11/28
Sharing knowledge on water management in Southeast Asia Southern Shan State, Myanmar (S.E. Asia regional event) Expert mission: Input to the “Fifth International Conference on Integration of Science and Technology for Sustainable Development (ICIST2016)” •Technology Research Center, University of Turku
•Finnish Water Forum
•Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment for Southwest Finland
•International Commission on Irrigation and Drainage (ICID)
•Association of Agricultural Technology in Southeast Asia (AATSEA)
2016/11/07-16
Lessons and best practices from European environmental rulings United Kingdom and Sweden Study Visit from China: 9 senior judges from China’s Supreme People’s Court and Regional High Courts met with peers and legal experts in the UK and Sweden to share experiences on environmental rulings. Organised in close collaboration with ClientEarth. • China Supreme People’s Court
• Chinese High Courts (Hebei, Henan)
• ClientEarth
• UK Supreme Court
• Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs, DEFRA
• Oxford University
• United Kingdom Environmental Law Association, UKELA
• Svea Court of Appeal
• Swedish Environmental Protection Agency
• Fröberg and Lundholm Environmental Law Firm
2016/10/03-07
Sharing policy tools and best practices for sustainable municipal waste management Santiago, Chile Combined Expert Mission and Workshop: Share EU best practices in municipal waste management with key stakeholders in Chile • Asociación Adapt Chile
• Chilean Ministry of Environment
• UK Wrap
• TNO Netherlands
• Urban Ecology Agency of Barcelona
• Autonomous University of Barcelona
• Chilean Ministry of Energy
• Center for Sustainable Urban Development (CEDEUS) of the Catholic University of Chile
• Center for Climate and Resilience Research (CR2) of the University of Chile
• Chilean Network of Municipalities for Climate Action
• Direction of Environmental Management, Municipality of La Pintana, Santiago
2016/09/29-2016/10/03
Sharing EU experiences to illustrate Environmental Protection Planning at national and provincial levels in Vietnam Hanoi, Vietnam Workshop: Capacity development, drawing on EU experiences • Vietnam’s Institute of Strategy and Policy of Natural Resource and Environment (ISPONRE)
• Ministry of Environmentand Spatial Planning, Slovenia
• Health and Safety Executive, UK
2016/09/27-30
Sustainability Week: Business meeting and International Conference Santiago and Temuco, Chile Expert Mission: Stakeholder meetings and seminar • Ministry of Agriculture, Chile
• ProChile (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Chile)
• Ministry of Environment, Chile
• Clean Production Council (Ministry of Economy)
• University of Chile
• The Centre for Sustainable Design, the University for the Creative Arts, UK
• Sall&Sall Advisors, Organic Denmark
2016/09/26-28
Seminar on Marine Plastic Pollution Pretoria, South Africa Workshop: Share experiences and solutions for preventing plastic wastes from entering the marine environment. • Department of Environmental Affairs, South Africa
• Waste Free Waters Foundation, the Netherlands
• Agency for Marine and Water Management, Sweden
• Eunomia Research & Consulting, United Kingdom
2016/09/25-29
Sustainable Public Procurement and Ecolabelling Portugal and United Kingdom Study Visit from the State of São Paulo, Brazil: Exchange of experiences with sustainable procurement • Secretariat for the Environment, State of São Paulo
• Secretariat for the Treasury, State of São Paulo
• National Laboratory of Energy and Geology, Portugal
• A Entidade de Serviços Partilhados da Administração Pública eSPap, Portugal
• Loures Municipality, Portugal
• UK Department for Environment Food & Rural Affairs DEFRA
• Bonsucro Better Sugarcane Initiative Ltd, UK
• International Social and Environmental Accreditation and Labelling Alliance (ISEAL), UK
2016/09/11-17
Adaptation and mitigation solutions for saltwater intrusion and groundwater management in water scarcity areas Denmark and Spain Study Visit from China: Best practices for sustainable groundwater management • Water Research Institute of Shandong Province
• College of Water Science, Beijing Normal University
• Jinan Bureau of Water Resources
• Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnography CAS
• Hohai University
• Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)
• Danish Agency for Water and Nature Management
• European Environment Agency
• Association of Danish Waterworks
• Ministry of Agriculture, Nutrition and Environment, Spain
• Institute of Mining and Geology, Spain
• Júcar River Basin Authority, Spain
2016/09/05-08
Malaysia National Training Workshop on Combating Illegal Trade in chemicals and Waste Malacca, Malaysia Expert Mission: Support capacity development and regional coordination for combating illegal trade in waste and chemicals. • Royal Malaysia Customs Department
• GRID-Arendal
• Malaysia Environment Department
• UNEP, Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Waste
• Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate, the Netherlands
• Norwegian Environment Agency
2016/08/29-31
Training Workshop on Detection and Inspection of Illegal Waste Shipments Laem Chabang Port, Thailand Workshop: Support capacity development and regional coordination for combating illegal trade in waste and chemicals. • Thai Customs
• INECE Seaport Network
• World Customs Organisation
• UN Office for Drugs and Crime, United Nations Environmental Program
• Thai Environmental Authority
• Laem Chabang Port Customs Bureau
2016/08/22-27
An integrated approach for sustainable urban development in Amazon context: Urban Forestry and Organic Waste disposal Alta Floresta and Rio de Janeiro, Brazil Expert Mission: Inputs to 3-day workshop on sustainable urban development • Fundação Getulio Vargas, FGV
• Projetos Enel Green Power
• Municipality of Alta Floresta
• AVG Köln, Germany
• Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO, Germany
2016/08/20-25
Study Visit of EU cites and wildlife experts on exports to the EU of elephant and lion trophies as well as other cites-listed species Dar Es Salaam and site visit to Selous Game Reserve, Tanzania Expert Mission: Protecting African elephant and lion populations in Tanzania • Tanzania’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Tourism
• The Tanzania Wildlife Authority (TAWA)
• Tanzania Wildlife Research Institute (TAWIRI)
• Selous Game Reserve
• Tanzania Wildlife Protection Fund (TWPF)
• Tanzania Hunting Operators Association (THOA)
• Authorised Association Consortium (AAC)
• Austrian CITES Scientific Support Agency for Animals
• UK CITES Scientific Authority
• Hungarian CITES Scientific Authority
2016/08/01-04
Indonesia National Training Workshop on Combating Illegal Trade in Chemicals and Waste Jakarta, Indonesia Expert Mission: Support capacity development of the enforcement agencies responsible for combating illegal trade in waste and chemicals. • Directorate General of Customs and Excise, Indonesia
• Indonesia’s Ministry of Environment and Forestry
• UNEP, Regional Enforcement Network for Chemicals and Waste
• Human Environment and Transport Inspectorate, the Netherlands
• Norwegian Environment Agency
• GRID-Arendal
2016/07/27-29
Technical support for the Mekong Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) on EIA Chiang Mai, Thailand Expert Mission: Share EU experiences for the development of draft “Regional Guidelines on Public participation in EIA” for the Mekong region • Pact Thailand
• Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, IGES
• Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network, AECEN
• Slovenian Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning
• United States Environmental Protection Agency
2016/07/20-22
Expert Input to Seminar on Innovative Financing Mechanisms for Biodiversity in China Beijing, China Expert Mission: Input to seminar and associated case studies • Global Protected Area Friendly System
• Chinese Academy of Sciences
• Chinese Institute Of Geographic Sciences And Natural Resources Research
• UFZ Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, Germany
2016/07/18-22
Sharing EU experiences with Environmental Protection Planning Hanoi, Vietnam Expert mission: Highlight relevant best practices for Vietnam’s challenges in environmental protection planning. • Vietnamese Institute of Strategy and Policy of Natural Resource and Environment (ISPONRE)
• Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment
• UK Health and Safety Executive
2016/07/18-27
Urban river restoration Finland Study Visit from Brazil: Best practices and institutional partnerships • Parana State Government, Curitiba City Hall
• Federal University of Parana
• Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE)
• Finnish Water Forum (FWF)
• University of Oulu
2016/07/18-22
Biodiesel Plants and used oil recovery systems Porto and Mirandela, Portugal; London, UK Study Visit from Brazil: Exchange of experiences with oil recovery and biodiesel • Sao Paulo west Metropolitan area Municipal consortium - CIOESTE
• Intermunicipal Waste Management of Greater Porto, LIPOR
• Resíduos do Nordeste EIM
• Portuguese Environment Agency (APA)
• Uptown Biodiesel Ltd
• UK Department For Transport
• UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA)
2016/06/19-26
Water rights and tariffs for sustainable management of water resources Paris, France; Wiesbaden and Koblenz, Germany Study Visit from Vietnam: Meetings with key stakeholders at the regional, national and local levels, combined with field visits. • French Ministry of Environment, Energy and the Sea
• German State of Hessen’s Ministry of Environment, Climate, Agriculture and Consumer Protection
• International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine
• Federal Institute of Hydrology
• Koblenz Wastewater Treatment Plant
2016/06/11-18
Groundwater Policy, Legislation and Standards Beijing, China Expert Mission: Exchange of best practice experiences • Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Nutrition and Environment
• Geological Survey of Spain
• Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment
• Danish Ministry of Environment and Nutrition
• Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland (GEUS)
• Aarhus Water Utility
• Development Research Centre of the Chinese Ministry of Water Resources
• Chinese Ministry of Water Resources
• Chinese River Basin Water Resources Management Commissions and local / provincial authorities
• Peking University
• Peking Normal University
• Institute of Geographic Sciences and Natural Resources Research
• Chinese Academy of Sciences
• Chinese Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR)
• Research Centre for Rural Water Management, Nanjing
• China Institute of Geo-Environmental Monitoring (CIGEM)
• China Geological Survey (CGS)
2016/05/10-15
Enforcement and prosecution of environmental crime in EU The Hague and Utrecht, the Netherlands Study Visit from China: Participation in an EU Environmental Enforcement Networks Conference; visits to Europol and Eurojust. • The European Network of prosecutors for the Environment (ENPE)
• EUROPOL
• EUROJUST
2016/04/24-30
First Meeting of Signatories to the Memorandum of Understanding for the Conservation of Andean Flamingos Cusco, Peru Workshop: Share EU experiences (Bird and Habitat Directives, Natura 2000) for the protection of the Andean Flamingo and its habitats. • French Ministry of Environment, Energy and the Sea
• Secretariat of the Convention on the Conservation of Migratory Species of Wild Animals (CMS)
• SEO/BirdLife (Spanish NGO)
2016/04/25 - 2016/05/01
Technical support for the Mekong Regional Technical Working Group (RTWG) on EIA Siem Reap, Cambodia Expert Mission: Share EU experiences and support drafting of regional guidelines on public participation in EIA for the Mekong region. • National Environmental/EIA Agencies and non-governmental organizations (Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, and Vietnam)
• Pact/Mekong Partnership for the Environment (MPE)
• Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
• Asian Environmental Compliance and Enforcement Network (AECEN)
• United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA)
• Slovenian Ministry of the Environment and Spatial Planning
2016/04/02-13
Effective peat land management strategies Brussels, Belgium; Wageningen and Delft, the Netherlands; Ispra, Italy Study Visit from Indonesia: Meetings with leading EU experts and knowledge centres on best practices and policies for sustainable peatland management. • DG-ENV (Brussels)
• University of Wagening, the Netherlands
• Wetlands International
• UNESCO IHE
• EU Joint Research Centre, Ispra, Italy
2016/03/19-21
Sino-Finnish Seminar on Water Technologies Beijing, China Expert Mission: Share experiences in urban water resource monitoring and management • Ministry of Water Resources of the People's Republic of China
• China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research
• Nanjing Institute of Geography and Limnology
• Chinese Academy of Sciences
• Finnish Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry
• Finnish Environment Institute
• Pyhäjärvi Institute
• Centre for Economic Development Transport and the Environment of Southwest Finland
• Technology Research Center, University of Turku, Finland
2016/03/18
Studies of surface- and groundwater interactions and trends in monitoring and modeling in China, Denmark and Finland Beijing, China Workshop. Optimising groundwater potential in agricultural. Exchange experiences with: 1. Analysing surface- /groundwater dynamics; 2. Integrated monitoring and modelling of surface- groundwater interactions; 3. Review findings from 2 previous related TAIEF events (November 2015, 14-17/3/2016) • Water Research Institute of Shandong Province (WRISD)
• College of Water Science
• Beijing Normal University
2016/03/12-19
Monitoring and modelling as part of an integrated groundwater management scheme for groundwater based water supply Jinan, China Expert Mission and Workshop. To share EU approaches for managing water supply from groundwater: resource quality and quantity; pollutant transport, institutional arrangements. • China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower research (IHWR)
• Beijing Normal University
• Hohai University
• Jilin University
• Tianjin Center
• China geological Survey
• Water Research Institute of Shandong Province (WRISD)
• International Cooperation Office, SWRD
• De Nationale Geologiske Undersøgelser for Danmark og Grønland GEUS
2016/03/12-18
Support to the Seventh meeting of the Bilateral Coordination Mechanism (BCM) on Forest Law Enforcement and Governance Beijing, China Expert Mission. Improve the effectiveness of the Sino-European collaboration in stopping illegal logging and associated trade. • State Forestry administration in China
• International Forestry Product Trade Center
• Shanghai Timber Association
2016/03/12-18
China-EU Workshop on Water & Air Policy Beijing, China Expert Mission. To exchange experiences and best practices for protecting air and water resources (policy and implementation measures). • Ministry of Environmental Protection (China)
• Chinese Research Academy of Environmental Sciences, CRAES
• University of Lisbon
• Geological Survey of Denmark and Greenland
• Finnish Environment Institute
• Environmental Department of the County Administration Board of Västra Götaland, Sweden
• French Ministry of Environment
• UK Environment Agency
2016/03/12-20
Support and training for an environmental liability training La Paz, Bolivia Expert Mission. Provision of training on environmental liabilities, assessing the environmental impact of mining and oil/gas liabilities, risk assessment of mining and oil/gas liabilities, mitigative and remedial measures and review the project methodology. • Ministry of Environment and Water
• National Service for Protected Areas
• Ministry of Mining
• Ministry of Hydrocarbons
• Spain’s Institute of Mining and Geology - IGME
• United Nations Development Programme - UNDP
2015/12/13-20
Training Workshop on Detection and Inspection of Illegal Waste Shipments Haiphong, Vietnam Workshop. To share best practices and improve international collaboration in stopping illegal waste shipments. • INECE Seaport Network
• World Customs Organisation
• UN Office for Drugs and Crime
• Vietnam Customs
2015/12/10-17
Technical Workshop on Palm Oil "Environmental sustainability standards" Brussels, Belgium Expert Mission. International exchange on the environmental standards for palm oil production as a contribution to ongoing reflections on the possible elaboration of an EU Action Plan on deforestation. Broad range of international stakeholders from government, academia, and civil society
2015/11/21-25
Indo-European Water Forum New Delhi, India Expert Mission. The Indo-European Water Forum is a high-level platform for addressing water resources management challenges, allowing policy makers and experts from India and the EU to share insights and approaches. • Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change
• National Water Mission, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
2015/10/26-2015/11/01
Best practices for Integrated Water Resource Management Austria,Spain, Europe Study Visit. High-level water authorities from India undertook this Study Visit as part of the preparations for the Indo-European Water Forum to be held in India 23 & 24/11/2015. The visit is also expected to provide insights relevant to the on-going development of India’s Draft National Framework Law for water. India:
• National Water Mission, Ministry of Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation
• Spanish Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment
• Irrigation and Waterways Department, Government of State of West Bengal
• Irrigation & CAD Department, Government of State of Telangana
Austria:
• Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management
• International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River
Spain:
• Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Environment
• Jucar River Basin Authority
2015/11/17-24
Groundwater monitoring as a regulatory tool for sustainable groundwater management, China Jinan, Beijing, China Expert Mission. Exchange of perspectives on best practices and technologies for sustainable groundwater resources management. Combination of workshops and field visits • Peking University
• Institute of Water resources and Hydropower Research (IWHR)
• Research Center for Rural Water Management
• Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute (NHRI)
• China Institute of Geo-Environmental Monitoring (CIGEM)
• China Geological Survey (CGS)
• Shandong Provincial Bureau of Geology and Mineral Resources University of Jinan
• Water Research Institute of Shandong Province
• Jinan Bureau of Hydrology
2015/10/3-13
Marine Biodiversity Strengthening through Support to Community-based Marine Ecotourism, Indonesia North Sulawesi and Jakarta, Indonesia Expert Mission. Follow-up to TAIEF mission in March to advance partnerships and strategies for community-based marine protected area management
• Ministry of Marine Affairs and Fisheries
• Provincial tourism agency
• NGOs, local communities
• Center for Coastal and Marine Resources Studies-Bogor Agricultural University
2015/09/28 -2015/10/07
Support to CITES implementation, and participation in the first international workshop on the Conservation of Palo Santo in the Gran Chaco Americano, Paraguay Asunción, Paraguay Expert Mission. This mission strengthens EU’s international engagement in CITES implementation. Activities included participation in workshop, focus meetings and field visits to Palo Santo processing facilities • Environment Secretariat (SEAM)
• Ministry of Foreign Affairs
• Ministry of Industry and Commerce
• National Forest Institute (INFONA)
• National University of Asunción
2015/09/27 – 2015/10/01
Clean air through effective implementation and enforcement of pollution rules, China Beijing, China Expert Mission. Participation in INECE’s China Air Pollution Conference to share EU experiences with regulatory policy and enforcement for combatting air pollution. Chinese Society for Environment Sciences’ Subcommittee of Environmental Enforcement (CSES, SEE)
2015/09/19-28
Restoration of river basin ecosystems, China Zhejiang Province, Anhui Province, Jiangsu Province, and Shanghai City, China Expert Mission. To address concerns about infrastructure impacts on river ecosystems, drawing on EU experiences with:
• River basin planning
• Monitoring networks
• Compensation for ecosystem services
• Best practices in dam design and operation
• China Ministry of Water Resources
• China Ministry of Environmental Protection
• China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research
• Tongji University
2015/08/23-28
Safeguarding Sustainable Development in the Mekong Region, Thailand Bangkok, Thailand Expert Mission. Plenary presentation and two seminars at regional symposium organised by the Mekong Partnership for the Environment, implemented by Pact, with funding from USAID and SIDA. EU’s experiences with EIA / SEA Directives; lessons for ASEAN countries. 170 high-level officials, practitioners and other stakeholders from Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, and China
2015/08/24 - 2015/09/02
River ecosystem restoration and fish passages at dams, United Kingdom, Portugal United Kingdom, Portugal Study Visit. Symposium and field visits to river ecosystem restoration projects in the UK; field visits in Portugal (Alqueva Dam). General review of safeguard measures inherent to Water Framework, EIA and SEA Directives. • China Institute of Water Resources and Hydropower Research
• Tongji University
2015/06/7-12
Sustainable Consumption and Production São Paulo and Brasilia, Brazil Expert Mission. A series of meetings in São Paulo and Brasilia with stakeholders from the private sector, civil society, academia and government. • Industry Federation of the State of São Paulo
• EC Delegation
• Ministry of Planning
2015/05/9-12
Global wildlife crime operation COBRA III, Thailand Bangkok, Thailand Expert Mission. To engage EU expertise and institutions in supporting international collaboration for implementing COBRA III ASEAN-WEN (LEEO)
2015/04/7-9
III Meeting of Municipalities for Sustainable Development Brasilia, Brazil Expert Mission. Shared Portuguese experiences to illustrate EU best practices in solid waste management. Over 200 Brazilian stakeholders participated in this annual meeting. The Brazilian Association of Mayors (Frente Nacional de Prefeitos)
2015/03/8-13
Marine Biodiversity Strengthening through Technical and Policy Support to Community-Based Marine Ecotourism Manado, North Sulawesi, Indonesia Expert Mission. Series of meetings with government authorities, universities and local fishing communities concerning marine protected area management and community-based tourism development. YAPEKA (Indonesian NGO engaged in conservation and community development)
2015/02/25-26
7th EU-India Environment Forum New Delhi, India Expert Mission. Presentation of EU waste management experiences from Spain, Italy and Belgium, focusing on resource efficiency and other themes of interest in India. Habitat Centre New Delhi
2015/02/23-28
Field Mission to the Amazonian plantations of Brazilian rosewood Manaus and Maues, Brazil Expert Mission. Consultation concerning the production and harvesting of Aniba rosaeodora (Brazilian rosewood) from plantation trees, to streamline compliance with CITES provisions for the export of the essential oil to the EU. IBAMA (Brazilian Institute of Environment and renewable natural resources)
2015/01/24-31
Assistance for production of a River Basin Management Plan (RBMP) Tianjin, China Expert Mission. Assistance in developing a River Basin Management Plan (RBMP) for Zhou River sub-basin of the Hai River Basin Hai River Water Conservancy Commission
2014/10/21-23
Participation in CITES Detect Managers Special Investigation Group – Cobra 2 de-brief, Cobra 3 planning Bangkok, Thailand Expert Mission. Preparations for Operation COBRA III Customs enforcement officers from Asian and African countries
2014/06/02-03
ASEM Sustainable Development Seminar on Water Management – Fostering Prosperity and Stability Through (Inter)Regional Cooperation Tulcea, Romania (participants from ASEAN countries) Workshop. Presentation of EU experiences with the Water Framework Directive:
• Spain (managing water scarcity)
• The International Commission for the Protection of the Rhine (transboundary collaboration)

90 participants including high level authorities from government and non-government organisations from ASEAN countries
2014/05/9-13
Sharing experiences for improved implementation of CITES Shanghai and Xiamen, China Expert Mission. Initiate implementation of the cooperation agreement between DG-ENV and the State Forestry Administration of China on CITES-related matters. Focus on illegal ivory and timber trade. Various Chinese officials associated with:
• CITES implementation
• Shanghai Timber Institution
• Customs and associated enforcement agencies