March 2014 Newsletter

GPWM Newsletter

Issue #9  March 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 9th 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. Information is also shared through the information platform, the online information exchange tool of the GPWM.

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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International Environmental Technology Centre

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Sustainable Consumtion and Production Branch

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Division of Environmental Policy Implementation

News from the focal areas of work

E-waste

ISWA, UNEP and UNIDO join hands to update training package

In 2002, a resource package on hazardous waste management was developed by the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The aim of the package was to assist educators in organizing comprehensive training programmes on hazardous waste. The Training Resource Pack Plus (TRP+) builds on this and updates and expands the original training package. In order to update the chapters of the Training Resource Pack on hazardous waste management, ISWA, UNEP and UNIDO have been organizing workshops to bring together experts to undertake a review of the TRP chapters. A first workshop covering a number of chapters took place in Vienna in September 2013. The second workshop was recently held in Osaka, Japan. It addressed topics such as e-waste, batteries and mercury waste. For more information, please visit: www.trp-training.info/

Waste & Climate Change

Project implementation in Penang, Malaysia and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

CCAC LogoIETC, a participant in the focal area on waste and climate change, is currently implementing pilot projects in Penang, Malaysia and Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam on mitigating short-lived climate pollutants (SLCPs) from the Municipal Solid Waste Sector under the Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC). IETC is assisting these cities in the implementation of their respective work plans. In Penang, the work plan focuses on organic waste management. Best practices are currently being compiled for replication and dissemination to a wider audience.

ISWA events on waste and climate change at UNFCCC COP 19

ISWA, leading the focal area on waste and climate change, organized two side events at the COP19 held in Warsaw from 11 to 22 November 2013. The events concentrated on perspectives from the waste sector to support the climate agenda. In particular, they discussed a shared vision of nationally appropriate mitigation actions (NAMAs) and explored the role of climate finance and how to build from NAMAs to a 2015 agreement.

Marine Litter

New reports on marine litter published

Under the umbrella of the Northwest Pacific Action Plan (NOWPAP), a participant in the focal area on marine litter, several reports have been published recently.

With the generous support from the Global Programme of Action (GPA) for the Protection of the Marine Environment from Land-based Activities, the following reports have been prepared: National Report of China’s Environmental NGOs role in Marine Litter Control; Promotion of Best Practices for Minimizing Marine Litter in Fisheries, Aquaculture and Shipping; and Best Practices for Prevention of Marine Litter Input from Land-based Sources in the NOWPAP Region.

Waste Agricultural Biomass

Project in Costa Rica nearing completion

WAB Coffee PulpIETC, leading the focal area on waste agricultural biomass, is currently completing a project on converting waste agricultural biomass into energy in Costa Rica. The country has shown a strong interest in the conversion of waste from the coffee industry, such as coffee pulp and coffee husk. The Ministry of Agriculture and other partners are working on assessing the feasibility for piloting a technology that would anaerobically digest coffee pulp to recover biogas and to convert it into manure. To share the results and lessons learned from the projects, a sub-regional dissemination workshop is planned in the second quarter of 2014.

Integrated Solid Waste Management

Development of applications for better waste management

The Centre for Development Communication (CDC), a Jaipur-based NGO and participant in the focal area on ISWM, is focusing on management of solid waste in urban and rural areas in India. Recently, CDC developed a software tool to manage waste management related tender data, the so-called “tender bank”. This can help in analyzing and comparing tender data. Similarly, CDC also developed an application to manage resources for their waste management projects, such as vehicles and materials, the so-called “vehicle manager”. For more information, please visit: CDC India

Waste Minimization

Plastics project in Cameroon

The Research and Education Center for Development (CREPD), a Cameroonian NGO and participant in the focal area on waste minimization, has been working on improving management of plastic refuse in Yaounde. CREPD has been analyzing plastic waste and developing sound management approaches, including prevention, minimization, treatment and disposal.

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