First Sub-Regional Workshop on Preparation of Status Report and Sub-regional Road map for implementing the Global Waste Management Goals toward Addressing SDGs in South Asia

First Sub-Regional workshop on Preparation of Status Report and Sub-regional Road map for implementing the Global Waste Management Goals toward Addressing SDGs in South Asia was held on 25-26 March in Kathmandu, Nepal. The meeting was jointly organized by CCET, SACEP, Government of Nepal, ICIMOD, UNEP, and the Ministry of Environment, Japan. The workshop was inaugurated by His Excellency Shakti Bahadur Basnet, Minister of Forests and Environment, Government of Nepal, Director General of SACEP, and Director of CCET.


Home to roughly 1.8 billion people, South Asia generates approximately 334 million tonnes of waste per year of which 174 million tonnes (57%) is organic in content. In addition to the increase in municipal solid waste, managing complex and emerging waste streams, including e-waste, food waste, construction and demolition waste, disaster waste, plastic and marine litter are also growing issues in need of attention. Due to a lack of effective policy and regulations, technical, financial and human resources, many countries in the sub-region are facing tremendous challenges to provide adequate waste management services.

In this regard, sustainable waste management based on the waste hierarchy and 3R principles (reduce, reuse and recycle) is increasingly gaining local, national and international attention as one of the key drivers for achieving both the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and commitments under Paris Agreement. 

In this context, CCET in collaboration with the governments of South Asian countries (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka) and the key regional institutions is initiating a series of policy dialogues on sustainable waste management with the aim of enhancing sub-regional cooperation and national implementation.

Workshop Discussion

On the first day, a preliminary consensus was built among the participating countries and institutions on the proposed activities of Sub-regional cooperation, while current status and baseline data of SWM was presented by member countries as a basis of a report on the state of waste management in the sub-region which is expected to be developed as the next step. On the second day, preliminary discussion on implementation gaps and potential actions at both sub-regional and national level were discussed in the context of global policy context including SDGs, Paris Agreement, Global Waste Management Goals, and Hanoi 3R Declaration. Another workshop is expected to be organized in 2019 for continued discussion towards development of Sub-regional Roadmap for enhancing waste management.



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25-26 March 2019

Kanchanjunga Meeting hall, International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)


The IGES Centre Collaborating with UNEP on Environmental Technologies
United Nations Environment Programme – International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC)
South Asia Co-operative Environment Programme (SACEP)


Ministry of Forests and Environment, Government of Nepal
Ministry of Environment, Japan (MOEJ)
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)

Day 1 - 25 March 2019
09.00 – 09:45

Inaugural Session

• Welcome address by Dr.Abas Basir , Director General, South Asia Cooperative Environment Programme (SACEP)
• Inaugural address by Mr. Kazunobu Onogawa, Director, The IGES Centre Collaborating with UNEP on Environmental Technologies (CCET)
• Remarks by Mr. David James Molden, Director General, The International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development (ICIMOD)
• Address by Mr. Sangye Chewang, Director, Environment Natural Disasters and Bio Technology, the SAARC Secretariat
• Address by the Guest of Honour – Mr. Honourable Shakti Bahadur Basnet, Minister, Ministry of Forests and Environment, Nepal
• Self-introduction by the Participants

09:45 – 10:00


Introduction to the CCET and proposed South Asia programme activities - Dr. Jagath Premakumara, CCET

10:00 – 10:30 Photo Session and Coffee/Tea Break
10:30 – 11:00

Keynote Speech

Waste management in South Asia: current situation and the way forward – Prof. Sadhan Kumar Ghosh, Professor & Former Head, Mechanical Engineering Department, Jadavpur University, Kolkata, India

11:00 – 12:30

Presentation of Country Reports 1

Session Chair: Mr. Kazunobu Onogawa, Director, CCET
• Afghanistan
• Bangladesh
• Bhutan
• India
Discussions/ summary

12:30 – 13:30 Lunch
13:30 – 15:00

Presentation of Country Reports 2

Session Chair: A representative from ICIMOD
• Maldives
• Nepal
• Pakistan
• Sri Lanka
Discussions/ summary

15:00 – 15:15 Coffee/Tea Break
15:15 – 17:00

Group Discussion 1

Facilitator/Moderator: (Dr. Jagath Premkumara, CCET)
• Discussions and identification of key challenges and priority action areas
• Orientation – introduction to the global waste management goals and Hanoi 3R targets
• Discussions and consensus building to achieve global targets in South Asia

18.00 – 21.00 Welcome Dinner (Dhokaima Café)



Day 2 - 26 March 2019

09:00 – 09:15


Presentation of comparative analysis of baseline data on waste management status in South Asia - Mr. Ran Yagasa, CCET

09:15 – 10:00

Group Discussion 2

Facilitator/Moderator: Dr. Anurudda Karunarathna, Senior lecturer, Department of Agricultural Engineering, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka

• Discussions and set baselines for priority areas/actions
• Identify data gaps and collection opportunity

10:00 – 10:15 Coffee /Tea Break

Group Discussion 3

Facilitator/Moderator: (Mr. Kazunobu Onogawa, Director, CCET)
• Discussions and identification of actions and measures for priority areas and future vision for South Asia

12:00 – 12:30

Closing Session

• Summary of the meeting
• Plan of future activities
• Vote of Thanks – SACEP

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch Break
14:00 – 17:00 Technical Field Visit



Dr. Honourable Shakti Bahadur Basnet
Dr. Basnet, Mr. Onogawa, and Mr. Chewang
Dr. Premakumara
Prof. Gosh
Nepalese Delegate