This research is conducted by an international collaboration between Japan and Thailand for 'R&D of water reuse technology for tropical regions'. The research scheme has two aspects: first, Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) adopted this research in 2008 as an international cooperation research aiming at solving global environmental problems in collaboration with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and the research in Japan has started in advance: then, JICA and ERTC (Environmental Research and Training Center, Thailand) made effort to have a collaboration research as an ODA project and it was formally started in May 2009. Needless to say, the JST research in Japan and the ODA project in Thailand are inseparable and must be synergistic. The Japanese side research institutes are the University of Tokyo, Tohoku University, Waseda University, and Ritsumeikan University: on the other hand, Thai side is ERTC, Chulalongkorn University and Kasetsart University. We expect to expand our research collaboration and networks further.

The project is not the mere technology transfer nor a new technology training, but 'R & D'. We, together, must develop 'Water Reuse Technology' adapted to tropical regions, while we should note that the existing water reuse technologies had been developed in the advanced countries in the temperate zone. It is important not only the technology components but also development of management tools based on the local conditions in the area concerned in order to realize a decentralize water reuse system. I hope a plenty of fruits comes by this Thai-Japan collaborative research.
Prof. Kazuo Yamamoto
Project Leader
University of Tokyo
It is my great pleasure to launch the Joint Research Project of R&D for Water Reuse Technology in Tropical Regions between Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) and Environmental Research and Training Center (ERTC) under the Department of Environmental Quality Promotion, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE). The objective of the project is to develop appropriate water reuse technology for wide application and enhance ERTC capabilities to implement water frame work for reuse technology effectively. Thailand situated in a tropical region has plenty of water resource which can support not only irrigation in rural area, but also the consumption in urban and industrial sector as well. Industrialization and rapid economic growth contributed to Thailand's increase water consumption. As a result, pollution load into aquatic environment and water resource has been widely known. The government and related agencies established policies to protect the environment by issuing water quality standards and regulating the effluent discharge from industrial sector. However, adoption of water reuse technology is a challenging project to conserve clean water resource and to protect our aquatic ecosystem. Therefore, water reuse technology is an effective tool for water resource conservation and environmental protection.

On the occasion kick-off for useful project on Water Reuse in Tropical Region, I would like to extend my support to Japan International Cooperation Agency, Environmental Research and Training Center and all parties concerned for initiating this project. Finally, I would like to congratulate the success of the project initiation and hope that the project will be fruitful through research and technology development related to water reuse issues and bearing appropriate and applicable technology and methodology for various sectors of our society for Thailand and other counties in the tropical regions.
Mrs. Orapin Wongchumpit
Director General
Department of Environmental Quality Promotion
This research project is supported by Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) within the framework of SATREPS from FY2008 to 2012.