KLRTC XVII: Integrated Urban Planning for Sustainable Urban Development

To share, exchange and learn from the experts. In particular, this training focused on enhancing the professional capacity of urban mnagers by equipping them with the understanding , knowledge and skills on sustainable urban transport management and operations. This was also an opportunity for previous KLRTC participants on transport to follow-up on their action plans.

Seoul Training Program for Water Managers in Southeast Asia

Seoul Water Works AuthorityCITYNET in partnership with the Seoul Metropolitan Government Office of Waterworks (ARISU) will showcase Seoul’s water management system in the “Seoul Training Program for Water Managers in Southeast Asia” on 8-14 September 2013. The program will be hosted by the Seoul Metropolitan Government Office of Waterworks and co-organized by CITYNET and the Korea Water and Wastewater Works Association.

This one-week event introduces practitioners and decision makers from across Southeast Asia to Seoul’s water management initiatives through lectures and site visits. The scheme provides an interactive means of knowledge exchange, technology transfer and personnel development.

The training will have a combination of lectures / discussions and diverse field visits including the Office of Seoul Waterworks, Seoul Waterworks Research Institute, Jungrang Sewage Treatment Center and Arisu Water Purification Center. These technical tours will allow participants to directly observe the process and technology behind Seoul’s water purification and wastewater treatment process. Taking advantage of the composition of participants from different local governments across Asia, there will be reporting and discussion on the different water management practices, technologies and experiences encountered in each country.

During their stay, the 16 confirmed participants from Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Nepal and Philippines will get to understand how the 20 million population of metropolitan Seoul enjoys access to drinking, domestic and natural water. At the Seoul Training Program, participants will build a technical network of water managers through which they can exchange policies and lessons.

The deadline for registration in this year’s Seoul Training Program has passed but based on its success, CITYNET plans to make this program available to CITYNET members on an annual basis.

Recap: KLRTC 26 International Conference on Green Purchasing

18-21 September 2013, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

The fourth International Conference on Green Purchasing convened over 300 policy makers, procurement officers, government officials, private enterprises and researchers to discuss the requisite conditions for successful green purchasing. The opening day offered governments with advanced green procurement practices (including Japan, China and Korea), United Nations agencies, plus commercial businesses and retail companies from Malaysia the opportunity to showcase their green procurement success stories and discuss means of propelling new sustainable procurement techniques. Expert panels drawing on public and private procurement professionals and green technology providers discussed ways of integrating green productivity best practices into government departments and across the primary, secondary and tertiary sectors.

The second day complemented these more policy-based dialogues with a program of technical presentations from environmental agencies, sustainability specialists and technology service firms on eco-design, eco-labeling and resource productivity. A panel involving a spectrum of International Green Purchasing Network members, technical cooperation agencies and city associations discussed the potential of efficient spending and investments to kick-start emergent markets in green technology, green productivity and eco-friendly produce.

Green procurement and safety experts convene for the 4th International Conference on Green Purchasing.

With reference to a number of Malaysian case studies, the third day drew on local emergency services and relevant line ministries to explain the fundamentals of emergency plans and fire safety strategies in shopping complexes and high-rise buildings. Continuing this commercial perspective, waste management experts then illustrated the role of recycling as a mechanism for maximizing resource use efficiency, productivity and profitability.  The closing panel discussion drew on representatives from CITYNET, ICLEI and UCLG ASPAC to discuss the enabling role of city-to-city and business-to-city cooperation in creating safe and green cities.

The conference concluded with a half-day seminar on garbage separation and recycling by the Thai waste management company Wongpanit. CEO Dr. Somathai Wongcharoen illustrated the financial and environmental virtues of the reduce, reuse, recycle philosophy and, through live demonstrations, illustrated Wongpanit’s collection, separation and value addition methodology – a practice now franchised to over 400 branches across Thailand, Laos, China, Malaysia and India.

For Web 2
Dr. Somathai Wongcharoen demonstrates the commercial case for recycling model

CITYNET, the Green Purchasing Network Malaysia and Kuala Lumpur City Hall will continue the momentum garnered by this International Conference by holding a two day seminar on “Increasing Corporate Profitability and Sustainability through Safety and the 3Rs” at the Kuala Lumpur Regional Training Center from December 5-6 2013.

The World Cities Summit 2012

The World Cities Summit (WCS) is the global platform for government leaders and industry experts to address liveable and sustainable city challenges, share integrated urban solutions and forge partnerships. Under the theme, Liveable and Sustainable Cities ?¢æ¡° Integrated Urban Solutions, the World Cities Summit 2012 will explore how cities can build resilience and improve their quality of life and environment by adopting integrated solutions to increasingly complex challenges. Strategically sited in the Asia Pacific region where many cities are experiencing unprecedented growth, Singapore is the ideal host for this Summit. After the success of the first two Summits, World Cities Summit 2012 is expected to attract more than 3,000 government leaders, policy makers and industry experts from around the world.

To find out more information, please visit the World Cities Summit website here. The Summit will take place between 1 – 4 July 2012.

CITYNET 25th Anniversary Celebration

Join us in celebrating CITYNET’s 25th Anniversary!

CITYNET has uploaded its Anniversary Videos as well as messages from our members and partners onto our official Youtube channel. We encourage all members and subscribers to view them and continue celebrating this milestone year in their respective localities.

CITYNET 25th Anniversary Video

Please visit CITYNETvideo channel of Youtube for other celebration videos.

Related news
CITYNET 25th Anniversary Celebration – video messages from members and partners
CITYNET 25th Anniversary Ceremony on 11 July, 2012 in Surabaya, Indonesia

City-to-City Cooperation for Decentralised Sewerage Treatment using Eco-tanks

In support of the 2008 International Year of Sanitation, CITYNET and UNITAR with support from the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation collaborated to conduct a C2C cooperation project aimed at reducing water pollution from domestic sources and raising awareness on sanitation issues using the technology and advantages of Eco-tanks. Moreover, the project helps promote partnership between local governments and community towards better sanitation improvement.

An Eco Tank is an innovative small-scale sewerage treatment system composed of a disposal tank that receives and purifies wastewater before discharging it into the environment. The compact, ready-made septic tank works independently and without power supply using anaerobic bacteria to bio-chemically transform wastewater into a safe, non-contaminated effluent. It is capable of treating all kinds of wastewater from buildings, including toilets, sinks and kitchen as well as treating sewage of up to 750 persons a day. It can also be used to treat organic waste and turn it into compost.

An Eco-tank is a modification of the (purification tank) used in Yokohama City, Japan. CITYNET facilitated the transfer of the technology from Yokohama to Bangkok, Thailand a few years ago. Subsequently, an expert from Bangkok modified the system to adapt to local needs. With the success of Eco Tank, CITYNET initiated City-to-City (C2C) cooperation between Bangkok City and Hue City, Vietnam in 2007 to apply the technology.

Specifically, the project aims to:

Reduce water pollution from domestic sources in the selected cities
Raise public awareness on sanitation issues and about the advantages of Eco-tanks, and to train people on the proper usage of Eco-tanks
Increase community participation in solving environmental problems

During the Call for Participation, eight cities have expressed their interest to apply as beneficiary city of the project. Based on their submitted application, all cities have expressed their commitment to provide the required the necessary data for the project, delegate human resources to learn about the usage of Eco Tanks, allocate resources to organise awareness raising and information sessions, prepare necessary documentations, and participate in events to report the results of the project. Thus, the focus of selecting the beneficiary cities was on the needs of the cities to access such service. Negombo was chosen because of the absence of sewerage system in the city. On the other hand, Palembang was chosen because out of the total city area (400.61 sq. km), only 1% was covered by sewerage network. San Fernando was chosen as a third beneficiary city as it expressed the need and met the necessary requirements.


An English Leaflet introducing eco-tanks has been produced by CITYNET to promote decentralised sewerage treatment and city-to-city cooperation for distribution to local governments and partners to introduce the concept on eco-sanitation. Since the core objective of the project is to reduce water pollution from domestic sources in the beneficiary cities, the leaflets would be translated into local languages by the cities so that residents would have a better understand and knowledge of the advantages of using the system. The leaflet also aims to raise awareness on sanitation issues and the advantages of eco- tanks to involve community participation in solving environmental problems.

Yokohama Waterworks Training on Water Safety

Yokohama Waterworks Bureau (YWWB) and CITYNET is coordinating the 2010 WaterworksTraining from July 4-17 and is inviting applications. The theme for this training is “Suitable Operation & Maintenance of Water Service for Water Safety Plan”. The deadline to apply is May 26, 2010.

Regional Workshop on Putting Safety First for the Urban Poor on the Local Agenda – Marikina

CITYNET, HABITAT, UNESCAP, SPARC and ACHR are jointly implementing a project on “Urban safety for the poor, with a focus on the most vulnerable groups in Asia and the Pacific. The project aims to raise awareness on issues of urban safety related to crime and violence for the poor in Asia and the Pacific, through analysis and collection of information and through the identification of promising or good practices in promoting safety.

The workshop has three main objectives:
1. Identify challenges of safety for the urban poor, in particular looking at issues of governance and policing for urban poor communities, and collaboration between communities and local government actors.
2. Share experiences and showcase innovations that are aimed at making cities safer.
3. Discuss how to explore the issues further and develop a plan of action.

Participants will include teams from more than 10 cities comprising representatives from urban poor communities/CSOs, police and local government. In certain cases, community leaders of communities with innovative programmes may also be invited. In addition, resource persons from academia or regional/international organizations would be invited to share their experiences.

KLRTC 26: 4th International Conference on Green Purchasing

18 – 20 September 2013, Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, Malaysia

cifal_Kuala LumpurEveryone will be “seeing Green” during the 4th International Conference on Green Purchasing on 18 – 20 September 2013 in Subang Jaya which is organized by the Kuala Lumpur Regional Training Centre (KLRTC) and Green Purchasing Network of Malaysia (GPNM). The three-day conference will bring together around 400 participants from national and local governments, businesses, the private sector, academe and international organizations to discuss and exchange knowledge on sustainable green development, purchasing and productivity. Resource speakers, presenters and panelists composed of high level officials and world renowned experts and practitioners in green purchasing and green productivity will share programs, strategies and critical factors for the successful attainment of a ‘green’ environment, sustainable ‘green-oriented’ policies and mechanisms and impacts of green development on the environment. Participants will examine how the roadmap for Government Green Procurement (GGP) has been implemented in advanced green purchasing countries, with a focus on strategies and techniques, such as resource productivity, eco design and private enterprises. Case studies and best practices on eco-labeling as well as green procurement and purchasing from the government and the private sector will be highlighted emphasizing ongoing initiatives, installed technology and policy reforms. The third day will be on safe and green buildings with special focus on Kuala Lumpur and sessions on fire and hazard management. The conference will also include a one-day seminar on safe and green commercial complexes and high-rise buildings.

The venue of the conference will be the Sunway Resort Hotel & Spa, one of Malaysia’s premier destinations for business and leisure, just 25 minutes from Kuala Lumpur city center.

Please email admin(at)gpnm.org for more information.

Update: Training Course on Eco-Industrial Clusters

December 2-4 2013
Tokyo, Japan

Many Asian economies are still struggling to manage the negative impacts of their industrial areas. Yet, the grouping of related economic actors into ‘Eco-Industrial Clusters’ has the potential to address environmental burdens and yield mutually productive advantages. To help policy makers find ways to achieve this, the Asian Development Bank Institute, CITYNET and Kawasaki City organized an intensive training course for 32 senior officials from City Governments and National Ministries of Environment and Industry from 14 different Asian nations.

Structured into a series of information sessions followed by break-out discussions and group exercises, participants learned to identify the policies, technologies and financing mechanisms required for boosting the ecological performance, economic competitiveness and social inclusiveness of industrial areas. The final day’s field visit to Kawasaki Eco-Town showcased realistic ways of looking beyond simple manufacturing and cultivating green growth.

A number of commitments were made by participants to immediately enact new eco-industrial measures in their home countries. Pledges included renewed efforts to mainstream environmental policy across different line Ministries and the establishment of city-level research institutions to collate, review and lobby for improved eco-policy.

yokohama award

Participants engage in a group exercise.

yokohama award

Participants visit a paper recycling facility in Kawasaki Eco-Town.