International Environmental Technology Centre 


Capacity Building for Sustainable Waste Management in the Asia-Pacific Region to Promote Eco-Town Model and Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM)

Event Background and Introduction

There are two key dynamics confronting local authorities in developing countries today: increasing decentralisation and growing urbanization, now coupled with pressures for greener growth. A transversal theme that can address the challenges while ensuring local actors to accumulate the knowledge, skills, and technologies for making green cities, is the strengthening of governance through effective capacity development. Urban centres in developing countries are seeing rapid growth in the generation of waste including waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) or electronic waste (E-waste), waste agricultural biomass, and waste plastics. Effective and efficient management of waste including the application of 3Rs is an essential element for promoting sustainable patterns of consumption and production, and behavioural change.


Post workshop report

Over 60 participants from more than 14 countries attended the opening session of a workshop on sustainable waste management, which was held in Osaka, Japan, from 10 to 12 December 2013. The workshop, jointly organized by UNEP IETC, UNITAR’s CIFAL Jeju Centre and the Global Environment Centre Foundation (GEC), was opened by representatives of the Government of Japan and the City of Osaka.

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Eco Town Workshop 2013 at IETC
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Date:10-12 December 2013

Venue: UNEP IETC, Osaka, Japan

United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC)
CIFAL Jeju and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR)
Global Environment Centre Foundation (GEC)

Ministry of Science, ICT & Future Planning (KOREA-UNDP Fund)
United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) - International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC)

Targeted Audience
High-level authorities and experts from local and central governments, representatives from NGO and community-based organizations, academic institutions, and other local actors within the Asia-pacific region.

Event Background and Introduction (continued)

Eco-towns refer to an urban planning and environmental management approach where industries located in the designated area pursue synergies in resource utilization, waste management, environmental preservation, and promotion of industrial and economic development. The eco-town approach enhances productivity and simultaneously reduces the negative impacts on the environment through tools, techniques and technologies adopted for the purpose.

This capacity building training workshop while promoting the importance of effective waste management will provide:

i)    an opportunity for countries in the Asia-pacific region to build capacities in waste management through eco-town concepts

ii)   a platform to exchange in-depth learning from experts in waste management and to share good practices among participants

iii) a venue for country-to-country or city-to-city cooperation in formulating and implementing waste management strategies

The objective of the training programme is to contribute to enhanced sustainable urban development and to promote eco-town model and Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) in the developing countries  in Asia-Pacific region, particularly least developed countries.

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Post workshop report (continued)

During the 3-day workshop, the participants from developing countries in the Asia-Pacific region received training on how to turn the challenge of growing waste generation and new and special waste streams into opportunities. The workshop addressed trends in waste management that have become an issue of increasing global concern as urban populations continue to increase and consumption patterns change. The implications associated with waste disposal for public health and the environment are mounting in urgency, particularly in developing countries. However, if managed properly, waste can be turned into a valuable resource.

The workshop provided a platform for the representatives to review regional and local trends in waste management, compare policies on waste management, exchange views on good practices, and to explore potential for city-to-city and country-to country cooperation.

Exploring a practical example of Japanese waste management, workshop participants also had the opportunity to visit the Panasonic Eco Technology Center (PETEC), a recycling plant that recovers high quality recyclable materials from discarded end-of-life e-products.