UNITAR CIFAL Jeju Sustainable Waste Workshop

CITYNET Partner, UNITAR CIFAL Jeju is holding the “Capacity Building for Sustainable Waste Management in the Asia-Pacific Region to Promote Eco-Town Model and Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM)” from 10-12 December 2013 in Osaka, Japan.

Kindly note that the application deadline is 8 November (Fri) 2013 and the late submission is not accepted.

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.

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.

For more information see the workshop agenda and application form.