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Meetings, especially in related to the financial contribution from participating countries to the Secretariat of the EANET. The Sixth Session of the Intergovernmental Meeting (IG6) held in 2004 decided the work plan for the “Working Group on Future Development of EANET (WGFD). As one of the tasks mentioned in the work plan, WGFD is supposed to conduct a feasibility study on an appropriate instrument on acid deposition to provide a sound basis for financial contribution by studying on the existing relevant instruments. According to the work plan, the report will, after discussion on it at the Second Session of WGFD, be submitted to IG7 held in autumn 2005 for the consideration and adoption.

2 . Dust and Sandstorms Japan, South Korea, China and Mongolia and four international organizations have formed ADB/GEF project to prevent and control DSS as Technical Assistance for the Prevention and Control of Dust and Sandstorms in Northeast Asia Project (RETA6068). One of the main purposes of this project is to report a regional master plan for the alleviating DSS. The contents of the master plan was reported in the Ministerial Conference in a side event of the Fifth Ministerial Conference on Environment and Development in Asia and the Pacific 2005 (MCED 2005) held in Seoul, Korea in March 2005. The master plan clearly states the need of phase program for establishing a

regional monitoring and early warning network for DSS. Bilateral cooperation projects are also promoted. The Sino-Japan


Environmental Protection Center and NIES have undertaken joint research on DSS. JICA has conveyed a technical assistance project on capacity development of weather forcasting with Mongolia which includes DSS monitoring capacity building with supply of LIDARs and related monitoring equipment.


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