Following the proposal for establishing the ECO College of Environment to the 2nd ECO Ministerial Meeting on the Environment in Istanbul (October 15, 2004), establishing a Task Force consisting of representatives of Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey in collaboration with the ECO Secretariat was recommended in order carry out a study on this subject and submit its findings and recommendations for consideration of the Working Group on Environment (WGE) and the Ministerial Meeting. The Task Force Meeting for the establishment of ECO College of Environment was held three times:
1-3 May 2005 in Tehran, Islamic Republic of Iran and members visited four institutes.
7-8 December 2005 in Islamabad, Islamic Republic of Pakistan and members visited two institutes.
17-18 April 2006 in Ankara, the Republic of Turkey and members visited two institutes.
Task Force report was circulated to all ECO member states, and considered by the 4th meeting of the ECO Working Group on the Environment held on 21-22 May 2006 in Tehran, Iran. This report then was submitted to the 3rd ECO Ministerial Meeting which held in Kazakhstan in June\July 2006, where the establishment of the ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology was adopted.
According to the decision of the 3rd ECO Ministerial Meeting on Environment (30 June 2006, Almaty, Kazakhstan), the ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ECO-IEST) was established to generate knowledge through research and studies on the environment in ECO region; to strengthen human resources through training and educational programs, seeking to expand theoretical and practical knowledge; to promote scientific and technical cooperation and exchange of experiences and create a network of experts in the region, and to strengthen bilateral and multilateral co-operation to mobilize international assistance for environmental conservation in the ECO region.
Following the proposal for upgrading the status of the Institute, into an ECO Regional Center (Category B), the 25th and 26th meetings of the Regional Planning Council (RPC), as well as ECO Council of Ministers (extraordinary session, 2nd October 2015, Ney York) have reiterated to consider this issue in line with the outcomes of the ongoing reform process within the ECO and the Member States are requested to communicate their final views/comments on the draft charter of the ECO-IEST.
To strengthen the capacity of key actors in environmental conservation in the region, and promote the exchange of information and experiences with efficient management of the resource.
Aspects of our target, forming part of an integrated framework, make up the scope of the strategy; They are to be achieved through specific actions at national, regional and local levels.
1. Professional training;
2. Consulting and mentoring;
3. Networking, Technology, and scientific cooperation;
4. Communication, Education, implementation, and Public Awareness (CEPA).
ECO is an intergovernmental regional organization established in 1985 by Iran, Pakistan, and Turkey as the successor of Regional Cooperation for Development (RCD) (1964-1979) for promoting economic, technical and cultural cooperation.
In 1992, ECO was expanded to include seven new members, namely: Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, Republic of Azerbaijan, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyz Republic, Republic of Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Republic of Uzbekistan.
The region is full of bright trading prospects. Despite its young age, ECO has developed into a thriving regional organization with growing international stature.
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Asghar Mohammadi Fazel, President
Dr. Asghar Mohammadi Faezl has been serving as the president of the ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology since its establishment in February 2011. But his role in establishing ECO-IEST goes back to the task force which was mandated by the 2nd Ministerial Meeting on Environment, Istanbul (October 6, 2004) to carry out the study, the capacities and potential of all the Member States for hosting this institute.
With more than 25 years' experience of working in a range of national, regional and international multilateral environmental agreements, he has chaired the Subsidiary Body on Technical and Technological Advice (SBSTTA) of the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD), held several scientific and academic positions and has been involved in many research studies in conservation, pollution control, environmental planning, economic valuation, mostly funded by the Global Environment Facility.
He has been the Vice Head of Iran's Department of Environment and Chancellor of the College of Environment on several occasions. He is also a faculty member of the College of Environment in Iran. Dr. Fazel has a Ph.D. in Environmental Sciences.
Atieh Kazemi, Office Coordinator
Accomplished with about 10 years’ experience as a research assistant in several national and regional projects. Acknowledged for the capacity to analyses complex issues, expedite innovative solutions, and build consensus-driven approaches. I’m also the winner of the prestigious UNESCO-MAB Young Scientists Awards.
Sasan Rabieh, Project Manager
Faculty Member of the Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran and former faculty member of the College of Environment has been the coordinator of the ECO Institute of Environmental Science and Technology since early 2012.
With a Ph.D. degree in Environmental Analytical Chemistry from the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany (2007), Dr. Rabieh is an expert in environmental chemistry and toxicology. He has also been a visiting scholar to the Chemistry Department of University of Aberdeen, Scotland (2004), a postdoctoral researcher at the Environmental Geochemistry group of the University of Bayreuth, Germany (2009), project leader at the Chemical Research Department in Reykjavík, Iceland (2007-2009) and scientific researcher at Institute of Environmental Analytical Chemistry, University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany (2001-2007).
Ahmad Talebi, Technology Development Manager
Current Vice Dean of the College of Environment has a Ph.D. in Environmental Geology from the University of Mysore, India. Dr. Talebi was the Deputy Director-General of Provincial Directorate of the Department of Environment in Tehran and Senior Expert of the Bureau of Soil and Water of Iran's Department of Environment. Expert in geology, geochemistry, hydrogeology, and water pollution, he is a member of the European Association of Geoscientists and Engineers, National Energy Committee, International Solid Waste Association, Iranian Association of Water Resources and ex-member of the Indian Geological Society. Dr. Talebi has been an advisor to ECO-IEST since its inauguration in 2011.
Ozer Cinar, Science Development Manager
More than 10 years of teaching and research experience at different academic institutions in Turkey, Bosnia, and Herzegovina and the USA. Professor of the Yildiz Technical University, director of the CNR Research Group and former rector of International University of Sarajevo with expertise in environmental engineering and science. Dr. Cinar has a Ph.D. in Environmental Engineering and Science from Clemson University, Clemson, SC, USA, 2002. Former Professor of the Kahramanmaras Sütçü İmam Üniversity has cooperated with ECO-IEST as a part-time advisor, among all, during the Asia-Pacific Regional IPBES Meeting, International Forum on Environmental Ethics, International Conference on Environmental Science and Technology, etc. He has also been a member of the tasks force which was mandated by the 2nd Ministerial Meeting on Environment, Istanbul (October 6, 2004) to carry out a study the capacities and potential of all the Member States for hosting this institute and played an active role in the establishment of the Institute.
Ehsan Mohammadi, Advisory Manager
Winner of the National Environment Award 2014 and prominent Iranian journalist and environmental activist has been the Public Relations Advisor of ECO-IEST since its establishment. Editor in Chief of the Zistboom Environmental News has a Ph.D. Candidate in Culture & Communication and more than a decade experience of cooperating with several major newspapers such as Etemad, Jame Jam, Shargh, Rouzergar, Jahan-e-Sanat, etc.
Azin Fazeli, former Coordinator
Ph.D. graduated researcher at Griffith University of Australia was the Coordinator of the Institute until January 2012. Ms. Fazeli played an important role in the establishment and early phases of the Institute including organizing the 6-week Postgraduate Certificate on Environmental Management (PCEM).
Before coming to ECO-IEST, she was the Communications Officer of the Ramsar Regional Center- Central and West Asian (RRC-CWA) and the Technical Officer of the Siberian Crane Wetlands Project- UNEP/GEF as well. Among all, she is an expert on environmental policy, sustainable development, environmental awareness, climate change, environmental sciences, and environmental management systems.
Amir Tolouei, Assistant Coordinator
With a Master of Science in engineering, Amir Tolouei has been with ECO-IEST since the early days of its inauguration in 2011. In addition to coordination duties, Amir Tolouei is also the administrator of the website of the institute. He also serves as a part-time lecturer on general chemistry, environmental chemistry and English in the College of Environment. As a freelance journalist, the assistant coordinator of ECO-IEST also writes for several newspapers, websites, and magazines.
Mojtaba Mansour Kiaei, General Service Manager
With a Bachelor of Science in Pollution Control Engineering, Mojtaba Mansour kiaei has been with ECO-IEST since late 2015 as the communication officer of the Institute. He is responsible for communications, public relations, and public affairs of ECO-IEST. He is also the co-administrator of our website.
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