June 2014 Newsletter

GPWM Newsletter

Issue #10  June 2014

Secretariat hosted by UNEP's International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC)

News from the secretariat

Dear Colleagues, Friends and Partners,

The GPWM secretariat is pleased to present the 10th edition of the GPWM newsletter. Under the six focal areas, a range of activities are implemented. The GPWM provides support to share this information, thereby enhancing coordination and promoting cooperation in waste management. 

In this issue...

News from the focal areas of work

E-waste

Waste and Climate Change

Marine Litter

Waste Agricultural Biomass

Integrated Solid Waste Management

Waste Minimization

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News from the focal areas of work

    E-waste

    E-waste Academy in El Salvador

    As a joint initiative between the Solving the E-waste Problem (StEP) Initiative, the Basel Convention Regional Center for Central America and Mexico (BCRC-CAM), UNIDO and other partners, the second E-waste Academy was held in El Salvador from 31 March to 4 April 2014.  During the week-long programme, e-waste management challenges in developing countries were discussed. The aim of the academy was to examine the e-waste issue in its entirety and to foster international linkages and collaboration. In addition to expert lectures and presentations on topics ranging from e-waste related policy issues to technology and economics, the programme also included group projects and site visits. More information here

    Waste & Climate Change

    Waste and climate change event in Surabaya, Indonesia

    CCAC LogoISWA is a lead partner of the Municipal Solid Waste Initiative  (MSWI) under the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). Under this initiative, which aims to reduce short-lived climate pollutants from the waste sector, ISWA participated in a two-day regional workshop in Surabaya, Indonesia on 23 and 24 February 2014. The workshop was attended by 20 participants from partner cities presenting their progress and exchanging best practices. It was held back to back with the 3R Regional Forum (25-27 February 2014), which also featured a panel discussion on the CCAC municipal solid waste initiative. More information here.

    Marine Litter

    Northwest Pacific Regional Node of the Global Partnership on Marine Litter

    With the support of the Global Programme of Action for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities (GPA), a regional node of the Global Partnership for Marine Litter (GPML) will be co-hosted by the Northwest Pacific Environmental Cooperation Centre (NPEC) and the Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP) Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU). This will include a special website to share information and reports on marine litter in English and the four languages of the NOWPAP countries. Based on the networks already established by NPEC and NOWPAP as well as the experience obtained from the implementation of the marine litter related activities, the Northwest Pacific GPML regional node is aiming to further develop regional marine litter networks, convene regional events, provide information to the GPML Secretariat on regional priorities; and facilitate technical collaboration and coordination of marine litter activities in the region.

    Waste Agricultural Biomass

    Sub-regional dissemination workshop in Costa Rica

    In the course of 2013/2014, IETC implemented a project on converting waste agricultural biomass into energy in Costa Rica. The project focused on the coffee sector and was carried out in cooperation with the Ministry of Agriculture and Livestock, Costa Rica and the UNEP Regional Office for Latin America and the Caribbean (ROLAC). To share the results and lessons learned from the project, IETC, in partnership with ROLAC, held a sub-regional dissemination workshop in San Jose, Costa Rica, from 28 to 30 April 2014. The workshop convened participants from countries in the respective sub-regions to share experiences and learn about the waste agricultural biomass situation in other countries in the sub-region. The workshop also served as a platform for participants to discuss ways and means to cooperate with each other and thus to replicate the projects carried out in Costa Rica.

    Integrated Solid Waste Management

    Workshop on waste management in Bangladesh and the Asian Region

    The Bangladesh Waste Management Foundation (BWMF) and Tottori University of Environmental Studies, Japan, organized a joint workshop on Waste Biomass Utilization and Waste Management in Bangladesh and the Asian Region in Dhaka on 25 February 2014. The workshop highlighted the opportunities in using the organic part of municipal solid waste to produce compost or to generate energy.

    Waste Minimization

    Construction Resource Initiatives Council moving forward in promoting zero building waste

    The non-profit organization Construction Resource Initiatives (CRI) Council launched its first initiative, Mission 2030, in February 2013. The initiative aims to eliminate construction, renovation and demolition waste to landfill by 2030. To mark the first anniversary of the Mission 2030 initiative, CRI Council launched the INteractor Pledge to engage stakeholders in moving the mission forward. More information here.

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