Waste management has undergone a paradigm shift, moving from a focus on end-of-pipe solutions to integrated resource management. This continues to be discussed in the global policy arena, and it is featured in efforts including those aimed at promoting resource efficiency and sustaining growth within the limits of planetary boundaries. However, national and local governments in industrialising countries often face tremendous challenges in carrying out a resource-oriented approach to waste management.
In this regard, IGES Centre Collaborating with UNEP on Environmental Technologies (CCET) has been working with its counterparts in Asia, to support the development and implementation of national and city-level waste management strategies, enhancing technical and institutional capacities for guiding these actions in their own local context.
This session invited speakers from civil society organisations, governments and international agencies to provide an overview of the main issues concerning integrated waste management and share lessons learnt from activities on the ground in their respective countries, including Maldives, Myanmar and Japan. Speakers also discussed opportunities and key challenges that governments and civil society face for mainstreaming the concept of resource efficiency into existing waste management policies and practices. The session also discussed the importance of strategic planning as a way to engage various stakeholders in efforts to foster sustainable societies including by setting shared goals and targets, raising awareness and advancing partnerships.
- Premakumara Jagath Dickella Gamaralalage, Programme Manager, IGES Centre Collaborating with UNEP on Environmental Technologies (CCET)
- Keith Alverson, Director, UN Environment International Environmental Technology Centre (UNEP-IETC)
- Ali Amir, Deputy Minister of Environment and Energy, Ministry of Environment and Energy, Maldives
- Khin Thida Tin, Director, Environmental Conservation Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environmental Conservation, Myanmar
- Yuki Morita, Executive Director, WE21 Japan
- Kazunobu Onogawa, Director, IGES Centre Collaborating with UNEP on Environmental Technologies (CCET)
- The Asia and Pacific region requires immediate actions to address the issue of poor waste management that leads to serious impacts on human health, pollution, and environmental degradation, critical land management issues in small island developing countries and climate change.
- This requires both national and local governments to change the way of thinking from typical linear waste management to more holistic, lifecycle and integrated way of managing waste including the concepts of 3R (reduce, reuse and recycle), zero waste, sustainable lifestyle, cleaner production, and material-cycle society.
- Moreover, waste management does not have readymade solutions to fix with every problem in every country or city rather based on local conditions and realities. Thus the solutions should be tailored to best fit to the local condition with the participation of different stakeholders inviting their valuable inputs into strategic planning.
Video recording of the session available to watch at https://youtu.be/FY-bZW0iKsE.
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