Sustainable and Mutual Cooperation in Soil and Groundwater Remediation between Taiwan and the Republic of Korea
環保署與韓國環境部（Ministry of Environment, MOE）自101年8月27日簽署「臺韓土壤及地下水污染整治領域合作備忘錄」，於105年8月30日於韓國首爾續簽4年期合作備忘錄，雙方輪流舉辦交流活動，今年韓國代表團由土水協會（Korea Society of Soil and Groundwater Environment, KOSSGE）及環境產業與技術研究院（Korea Environment Industry & Technology Institute, KEITI）等官產學界共同組成。
On December 11, 2017, the Director General of the Water Supply and Sewerage Policy Office of the Ministry of Environment (MOE) of Korea, Yong-Kyu Park, led 13 delegates from Korea to participate a series of cooperation and exchange events held by the Taiwan Environmental Protection Administration (EPA). Regarding the Taiwan delegation, the 13 delegates were led by the Director General of the Soil and Groundwater Remediation Fund Management Board (SGRFMB), Dr. Weber Chen, and the delegation was formed with representatives from Taiwan Association of Soil and Groundwater Environmental Protection (TASGEP), experts and scholars.
The Taiwan EPA and the Korea MOE had collectively signed the “Memorandum of Understanding on Technical Cooperation in Soil and Groundwater Protection between the Taipei Mission in Korea and the Korean Mission in Taipei” on August 27, 2012, which was renewed on August 30, 2016 to extend for 4 years. Both parties had decided to take turns to hold annual cooperation and exchange events. This year, the Korean delegation composes of representatives from government, industry and academia including Korea Society of Soil and Groundwater Environment (KoSSGE) and Korea Environment Industry & Technology Institute (KEITI), etc.
In recent years, both countries had aimed at remediation technology and management in soil and groundwater sector and acquired good understanding from each other. For example, oil leakage preventive measure for gas stations and monitoring of groundwater quality. This year, both countries targeted at off-site treatment of contaminated soil and management of groundwater quality to exchange experience. In the morning on December 12,“The 8th Steering Committee Meeting of MOU between Taiwan EPA and Korea MOE” was held at the Grand Hotel Taipei to discuss achievements of the Joint-Research Project for 2016, project subjects for 2018 such as insurance for gas station, and information exchange subjects for 2018 such as Korean government’s budget for soil and groundwater research and industry’s overseas development, Taiwan government’s policy of soil and groundwater industry development and management status of contaminated sites. Both countries also collectively decided to hold the 9th Steering Committee Meeting in Korea in October, 2018. In the afternoon on December 12, “The 2017 Taiwan-Korea Forum on Remediation of Soil and Groundwater Contamination” was held at the Grand Hotel Taipei as well. Moreover, experts and scholars from both Taiwan and Korea were invited to share experiences on emerging technologies for soil and groundwater pollution investigation, development and prospect of land revitalization and brownfield, and case study of farmland investigation and remediation.
The Taiwan EPA established the Working Group on Remediation of Soil and Groundwater Pollution of Asian and Pacific Region (ReSAG) in 2011 to proactively devote itself into international cooperation and exchange on environmental protection. This has built a great foundation for environmental diplomacy and provided more opportunities to cooperate with other countries in order to enhance environmental protection.
Group photo of the Taiwan and Korea delegations at the 8th Steering Committee Meeting.
Director General Yong-Kyu Park gave opening address at the forum.
Director General Dr. Weber Chen gave opening address at the forum.
The president of KoSSAGE, Prof. Jae-Woo Park, spoke at the forum.
The Korean delegation participated tours to understand site remediation.