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Workshop on “Capacity Building for Sustainable Waste Management in the Asia-Pacific Region to Promote Eco-Town Model and Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM)” (10-12 December 2013, Osaka, Japan)

UNEP IETC, UNITAR Cifal Jeju and GEC jointly organized a training workshop on “Capacity Building for Sustainable Waste Management in Asia-Pacific Region to Promote Eco-Town Model and Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM)” in Osaka, Japan from 10 to 12 December 2013, as a follow-up to the “Workshop on Strategy Paper to promote Eco-town approach” held in Kawasaki City, Japan on 12 and 13 September 2013.

The objectives of the workshop
  1. To build local and national capacity on integrated solid waste management and eco town strategies;
  2. To help local and national governments to share the situations of respective cities and related waste management challenges and opportunities to identify important areas of intervention to promote eco towns in these cities;
  3. To discuss cases studies produced by the participants for cross-learning and future actions;
  4. To provide first draft of manual on eco town strategies for review.
Workshop report (outline)
The workshop was attended by 60 participants from a wide range Asia-pacific region countries; Bangladesh, China, India, Kiribati, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam, also the national, local government agencies of Japan and Korea, international institutes, UN organization, academia, Japanese enterprises, and consulate generals in Osaka, including staff of UNEP IETC, UNITAR Cifal jeju and GEC. The workshop consisted of four pillars; (1) Keynote presentations and discussions, (2) Case studies from participants, (3) UNITAR City Share methodology and UNEP IETC’s ISWM and Eco-town methodology, and (4) Field visit, and all contents on the workshop programme were successfully completed during the 3 days as summarized below;

Day 1 (10 December 2013)
The workshop opened by the director of UNEP IETC, and welcome remarks were delivered by Ministry of Foreign Affairs Japan, City of Osaka and UNITAR Cifal Jeju, then followed by introductory presentations from GEC, UNITAR Cifal Jeju and UNEP IETC. After that four keynote presentations were given by Ministry of Environment of Japan, Ministry of Environment of Korea, Chung-Ang University, and Institute for Global Environment Strategies (IGES).

In the afternoon session case study presentations, 22 participants/trainees from various government agencies, local governments, consulting firm, academia, international organization and NGOs made a presentation to share and understand good practices, experiences and challenges on ISWM and eco-town models in their city and country.

Day 2 (11 December 2013)
In the morning session on “Group exercise on ISWM and Eco-town”, the participants were divided into four groups and discussed; 1) selecting a city, 2) current systems and gaps based on the waste data, and 3) setting targets, in accordance with UNEP IETC-developed ISWM and Eco-town methodologies. After the discussion, the reports from each group were shared with all participants.
In the afternoon, UNITAL Cifal Jeju staff led the session and introduced about UNITAR-developed City Share methodology, after that the participants created an action plan that focused on prioritized issues, to develop ISWM plans. Lastly all participants presented their action plan including measures to be taken for a short, medium and long term.

Day 3 (12 December 2013)
In the morning on the third day, a field visit to Panasonic Eco Technology Center (PETEC) located in Hyogo Prefecture was organized. 30 participants visited PETEC where discarded home appliances are dismantled to recover resources aiming to realize a recycling-oriented society, and they learned about E-waste recycling system that is implemented under the Japanese recycling laws.
The afternoon session was held at the same venue in UNEP IETC building, in total 6 presentations on “International Experiences” were delivered by various presenters including Penang State government, UNCRD, METI-Kansai, APO, EX Research Institute and Hitachi Zosen, to share their experiences in SWM and Eco-town approach, IPLA, transboundary movement and Waste-to-Energy Technology and so on.
In the end of the final session, an award certificate of participation was given to all the participants, and the 3 days workshop was completed with a closing address by the director of UNITAR Cifal Jeju.


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