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Regional Workshop on Waste Agricultural Biomass in Osaka, Japan, 25 March 2010.


The Global Environment Centre Foundation, in cooperation with UNEP/DTIE/IETC, organized the Regional Workshop on Waste Agricultural Biomass in Osaka, Japan, 2–5 March 2010.

UNEP/DTIE/IETC is implementing demonstration projects on “Converting Waste Agricultural Biomass into a Resource.” Currently these projects being carried out in Philippines, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, with local partners in respective countries: Development Academy of Philippines (DAP), Society for Environmental and Economic Development in Nepal (SEED), Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Jamshoro - Pakistan, and the National Cleaner Production Center of Sri Lanka. Possible future projects may include Malaysia and other countries.

As part of these projects, this regional workshop was held with the following objectives:
  1. Discuss baseline reports on waste agricultural biomass and its current managemenet system presented by the partners from the four countries
  2. Discuss the pilot project proposals, presented by the partners from the four countries, based on baseline information to identify appropriate technology for converting waste agricultural biomass into a resource
  3. Discuss the situation of waste palm trees and its possible conversion into a resource in Malaysia
  4. Information sharing with various national and international institutions through their presentations on different technologies to replicate and scale up similar efforts
The workshop was attended by some 20 experts with extensive knowledge and deep insight of waste agricultural biomass, including government officials and international experts. The participants got involved into very active discussions and appropriate feedback was provided to local partners on baseline reports and pilot projects. Substantive discussions took place on replication and scaling up of similar efforts


Programme
DAY 1 (2 March)
Presentations
Welcome RemarksMr.Takehiro Nakamura (UNEP/DTIE/IETC, Director)
Mr. Kazuhiko Mitsuoka (GEC, Managing Director)
Outline of the WorkshopDr. Mushtaq Ahmed Memon
(UNEP/DTIE/IETC, Programme Officer)
Presentation and Discussion: Nepal – Baseline InformationMr. Amar B Manandhar
(Society for Environment and Economic Development Nepal, Executive Director
Presentation and Discussion: Pakistan – Baseline InformationDr. Rasool Bux Mahar
(Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Professor)
Presentation and Discussion: Sri Lanka – Baseline InformationMs. Geehanthie Weerasinghe
(National Cleaner Production Centre, Assistant Director)
Presentation and Discussion: Nepal – Outline of Pilot Project
Options for Technology
Dr. Amar B Manandhar
(Society for Environment and Economic Development Nepal, Executive Director)
DAY 2 (3 March)
Presentations
Presentation and Discussion: Pakistan – Outline of Pilot Project, Options for Technology Dr. Rasool Bux Mahar
(Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Professor)
Presentation and Discussion: Sri Lanka – Outline of Pilot Project, Options for Technology Ms.Geehanthie Weerasinghe
(National Cleaner Production Centre, Assistant Director )
Presentation and Discussion: Philippines – Baseline InformationDr. Alan S. Cajes
(Development Academy of the Philippines, Managing Director)
Presentation and Discussion: Philippines – Outline of Pilot Project, Options for Technology Dr. Alan S. Cajes
(Development Academy of the Philippines, Managing Director)
Presentation: Information on Waste Palm Trees in MalaysiaDr. Wan Asma Wan Ibrahim
(Forest Research Institute Malaysia, Head of Bio-energy Programme)
DAY 3 (4 March)
Presentations
Welcome RemarksMr. Takehiro Nakamura (UNEP/DTIE/IETC, Director)
Mr. Kenichiro Nishiyama (Osaka City Government, Director for Environment Preservation Division)
Mr. Katsuichi Mochizuki (GEC Executive Director)
Presentation: Overall Information of Waste Agricultural Biomass ProjectsMr. Surya Chandak
(UNEP-DTIE-IETC Deputy Director)
Presentation: Briefing on the project in NepalMr. Amar B Manandhar
(Society for Environment and Economic Development Nepal, Executive Director)
Presentation: Briefing on the project in PakistanDr. Rasool Bux Mahar
(Mehran University of Engineering and Technology, Professor)
Presentation: Briefing on the project in Sri LankaMs.Geehanthie Weerasinghe
(National Cleaner Production Centre, Assistant Director)
Presentation: Briefing on the project in PhilippinesDr. Alan S. Cajes
(Development Academy of the Philippines, Managing Director)
Presentation: Old Palm trunks as promising feedstock for biofuel and bioplasticsDr. Takashi Mori
(JIRCAS, Director of Post-Harvest Science and Technology Division)
Discussion: Waste Palm Trees in MalaysiaDr. Othman Sulaiman
(Universiti Sains Malaysia, Deputy Dean)
Biomass Town Concept in Asia Dr. Takashi Mori
(JIRCAS, Director of Post-Harvest Science and Technology Division)
Development of biomass utilization in Kansai area collaborating with METIMr. Shigeaki Fujikawa
(Kinki Bio-industry Development Organization, Managing Director)
UNEP-IETC Project – Waste Plastics Conversion & Linkages with Waste Agricultural Biomass Projects Dr. Yoichi Kodera (AIST, Senior Researcher)
Utilization of waste biomass in urban-rural context Dr. Keishiro Hara (Osaka University, Associate Professor)
Activities on biomass research in Hiroshima University and Chugoku District Dr. Yutaka Nakashimada (Hiroshima University, Associate Professor)
Technology and innovation for production of cellulosic biofuels Dr. Tohru Jojima (RITE, Senior Researcher)
Waste Biomass Utilization in JapanMr. Yoshihiro Mizutani (GEC, Director for Project Division)
Phosphorus material flow and its recovery from wastewater and solid waste in JapanDr. Masaki Takaoka (Kyoto University, Associate Professor)
Next Steps and Closing Remarks Mr. Surya Chandak (UNEP/DTIE/IETC Deputy Director)
DAY 4 (5 March)
Presentations
Visit to Yagi Bioecology Center


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