International Environmental Technology Centre 



The International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) is a branch of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) / Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (DTIE). Its main function is to promote the application of environmentally sound technologies (ESTs) in developing countries and countries in transition.

IETC methodology and approach

IETC's work now focuses on waste management.

Waste ManagementEffective and efficient management of waste including application of 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) is an essential element for promoting sustainable patterns of consumption and production. Integrated solid waste management (ISWM) and recovery of useful materials/ energy from waste streams is an effective approach to enhance resource efficiency while reducing the adverse environmental impacts caused by waste disposal. read more ...

IETC recently underwent a full review process and, in the process, a road map for its future work was created. read more ...

Former focal areas include water and sanitation, disaster management and urban development.

Water & Sanitation

IETC facilitated the implementation of ESTs for water and sanitation to improve resource efficiency and to enhance ecosystem management practices, through the demonstrations of promising ESTs in ecologically sensitive and water scarce areas, supporting decision-making through modelling applications and policy-relevant tools and analysis, and promoting partnerships for mainstreaming of good practice. read more ...

Disaster Prevention

Within the overall cycle of disaster management (prevention, adaptation, preparedness, response, recovery, and rehabilitation), IETC focused on
  • Pre-disaster phase
  • Implementing concrete projects and initiatives at the national and local levels
  • Water related disasters
  • In urban context
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Urban Environmental Management

IETC conducted a number of projects and issued publications on the development of environmentally sound framework for cities, including technology support and capacity building. read more ...