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Guidelines for the development, review and updating of National Waste Management Strategies (NWMS)

Introduction

NWMSThe International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC UNEP), in collaboration with the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), is working on an initiative to produce and implement "Guidelines for the development, review and updating of national waste management strategies". more

Guidelines for National Waste Management Strategies: Moving from Challenges to Opportunities

The Guidelines for National Waste Management Strategies: Moving from Challenges to Opportunities provides a conceptual and methodological framework for national planning that countries may adapt to their particular circumstances. It also establishes a clear rationale for making waste management a national priority. more

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For further information on the project please contact Ms. Ainhoa Carpintero and cced Ms. Utako Aoike.

Introduction (continued)

The project responds to UNEP Governing Council decisions 25/8 and 26/3 calling on us to support national implementation of integrated waste management and to the Rio+20 call for development of comprehensive national waste management strategies (paragraph 218 of the outcome document, "The Future We Want").

The project has been designed in several phases (click each phase to see details):

Phase I

Phase II

Phase III

  • Mainstreaming of national waste management strategies into national legislation

Phase I

Guidelines for National Waste Management Strategies: Moving from Challenges to Opportunities

The Guidelines for National Waste Management Strategies: Moving from Challenges to Opportunities provides a conceptual and methodological framework for national planning that countries may adapt to their particular circumstances. It also establishes a clear rationale for making waste management a national priority. more

1. Guidelines development process: Review process

a. Call for comments

b. Workshop

c. Presentation at events

2. Launch


Phase I (continued)

This document outlines a possible process and poses questions that countries may wish to consider as they develop integrated national waste management strategies. It outlines the reasons for a national waste management strategy and explores the challenges and opportunities waste management presents to governments and communities. It also deals with concepts and principles related to waste management and takes account of major considerations influencing policy choices involved in the process of strategy development, monitoring, and implementation. Finally, this document defines the actions a country can take in order to develop a strategy, then to implement, review and update it.

1. Guidelines development process: Review process

Guidelines for the development of National Waste Management Strategies (NWMS)

The development of the guidelines has been undertaken through a multistakeholder process from July 2012 – October 2013. In order to assure the quality and usefulness of the guidelines, and complementarities with previous guidance materials a series of drafts have been developed and have been subject to a peer review process in the form of:    

a. Call for comments

The guidelines have been made available through this web page and through IETC’s network all interested stakeholders have been invited to review the drafts and provide comments. Two rounds of comments took place: A first round of comments to Part I of the draft guidelines was undertaken in September 2012. Many valuable and useful comments were received and had been incorporated in the new draft. In addition new parts of the document were developed. The completed version of the guidelines was subject to a second round of comments in November 2012. According to the inputs and suggestions received a new draft version of the guidelines was prepared and it has been the basis of discussion at the workshop held as part of the peer review.    

b. Workshop

A workshop was organized from 5 to 7 February 2013 at IETC premises in Osaka, Japan to finalize the latest version of the “Guidelines for the development, review and updating of national waste management strategies”

The workshop gathered 30 experts from governments, intergovernmental organizations, the private sector, academia and public interest groups from 18 countries, who contributed to:    

i) review and discuss the current draft of the guidelines, building on the many comments already received from stakeholders; 

ii) share practical experience on how national strategies have been prepared in different countries; and

iii) discuss the implementation of the guidelines through possible pilot projects and the development of further supporting materials.

The latest version of the guidelines for discussion at the workshop, the programme, the list of participants and general information for the workshop was distributed among the participants and made open to the public.

Presentations on Practical Experiences:

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The well-attended workshop and high level of interaction gave us very valuable final inputs that have been integrated in the guidance document.

c. Presentation at events

  • ISWA 2012 Congress, Florence, 17 to 19 September 2012
  • The CleanEnviro Summit, Singapore, 4 July 2012
  • The UNEP-IETC side event held at the 8th meeting of the Open-ended Working Group of the Basel Convention, Geneva,  27 September 2012 
  • The Global Partnership on Waste Management Biennium Conference, Osaka, 5 to 6 November 2012 
  • Side event at the Ordinary and extraordinary meetings of the conference of the parties to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm convention, Geneva, May 2013

2. Launch

The Guidelines for National Waste Management Strategies: Moving from Challenges to Opportunities have launched at the ISWA Congress 2013. 

They were accompanied by a panel discussion on how to make the best use of the guidelines and on the relevance of national strategies as a tool to meet the challenges and reap the opportunities presented by waste Management.

Venue: ISWA Congress 2013
Session 5: UNEP/UNITAR Session “Guidelines for National Waste Management Strategies: Moving from Challenges to Opportunities”
Date and time: Monday 7 October 2013, 16:00 – 18:00h 
Programme: Launch and panel discussion

Phase II of the project

Development of Supplementary tools, guidance and training materials

In order to complement the guidelines and assist in implementation, additional products will be developed. Potential supporting guidance will include materials in areas where the challenges are especially great (e.g. data and information), for complex elements in how to develop the strategy (e.g. financial assessment tool, assessment of national benefits), or best practices and case studies. Additionally presentations summarizing the guidelines, guidance and training materials on action plan development or on-line training modules to provide more in-depth guidance on the individual elements of a strategy might be developed (subject to available funding).

The supporting guidance and training products, together with the guidelines, will provide a complete package that addresses strategy development from an overarching perspective to covering specific elements of a strategy in more detail.

National Pilot projects

The pilot testing of the guidelines for national waste management strategies will prove the validity of the guidelines in facilitating development of such strategies. A series of pilot projects will be undertaken in four to six countries (subject to funding) from a diverse set of regions. Lessons learned in the pilot testing will be included in the second edition of the guidelines so that the current guidelines are strengthened.