13 April 2015, Jeju, Republic of Korea – CIFAL Jeju convened sixteen central, state and local government officials and NGO workers from eleven different countries from Asia-Pacific for a three-day workshop on "Technologies for Holistic Waste Management." CIFAL Jeju co-organized the event from 17-19 March 2015 at Hotel New Otani, Osaka, Japan. Other organizers include UNEP International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC), Osaka City Government and Global Environment Centre (GEC).
Countries represented in the workshop included Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Laos, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Thailand and Vietnam. The event served as a platform to build capacities in holistic waste management technologies including financing technology transfer and to share in-depth knowledge and good practices among participants. The event also provided the space for city-to-city cooperation in formulating and implementing waste management strategies.
The workshop was led by thirteen experts on holistic waste management and financing technology transfer: Dr. Surya Chandak and Dr. Mushtaq Ahmed Memon from UNEP IETC, Japan; Mr. Ryuji Tomisaka from the Ministry of Environment of Japan; Professor Tohru Morioka from Kansai University, Japan; Mr. Kazunao Shibata from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA); Mr. Kazuaki Komoto from New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization (NEDO), Japan; Mr. Kenji Shiraishi from Global Environmental Centre (GEC), Japan; Mr. Mitsuhiko Hizume from Kansai Economic Federation (KEF), Japan; Mr. Makoto Mihara from Osaka City Government, Japan; Mr. Masanori Tsukahara from Hitachi Zosen Corporation, Japan; Mr. Kazuki Nishimura from Kubota Corporation, Japan; Mr. Chanet Rattakunjara from Rematec Corporation, Thailand; and Dr. Sang-guk Kim from Korea Institute of Energy Research, Republic of Korea.
The lecture focused on key topics including holistic waste management, environmental soundness and resource efficiency; financing technology transfer; making a low carbon city; energy from waste; waste to resource; management of municipal waste; treatment of healthcare waste; recovery of materials from e-waste; disposal of hazardous waste; and UNEP IETC Sustainability Assessment Technologies (SAT).
The workshop was highly dynamic including group discussions on the usage of "Sustainability Assessment Technologies (SAT) to formulate the best possible and appropriate holistic waste management technologies for each city represented. The workshop concluded with a visit to Sharp, Kansai Recycling Plaza and Higashiyodo Incineration Plant near Osaka.
Photo1: Participants present at the workshop
Photo 2: Participants during the site visit