CIFAL Jeju Builds Capacities on Holistic Wastes Management and Eco-Town Models in the Asia-Pacific Region
24 October 2014, Jeju, Republic of Korea – CIFAL Jeju convened sixteen government officials from seven countries from Asia-Pacific for a 17-day workshop on “Sustainable Holistic Wastes Management and Eco-Town Models.” CIFAL Jeju hosted the event from 25 September to 11 October 2014 at Jeju International Training Center (JITC) and also at Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) International Cooperation Center (ICC) in Seoul. This time, the workshop was sponsored by KOICA.
Countries represented in the workshop included Bangladesh, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Myanmar, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The event served as a platform to build capacities in holistic wastes management through eco-town concepts 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 wastes management strategies and action plans.
The workshop was led by 11 experts on holistic wastes management and eco-town models Mr. Surendra Shrestha from UNEP International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC), Japan; Professor Chettiyappan Visvanathan from Asian Institute of Technology (AIT), Thailand; Professor Dai-Yeun Jeong from Asia Climate Change Education Center, ROK; Dr. Yoichi Kodera from National Institute of Advanced Industrial Science and Technology (AIST), Japan; Ms. Estrella Merlos from United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR), Switzerland; Professor Jeong-In Kim from Chung-Ang University, ROK; Mr. Ken Izumi from Osaka City Environment Bureau; Dr. Soon-Chul Park from Korea Institute of Energy Research (KIER), ROK; Dr. Mushtaq Memon from UNEP IETC, Japan; Professor Ali Gul Qureshi from Kyoto University, Japan; and Dr. Seong-Soo Kim from KIER, ROK.
The lecture focused on key topics including UN’s post-2015 development goals; the impact of wastes discharge; waste plastics recycling in Japan; electronic wastes management and wastes management as a form of revenue for municipalities; Korea’s national strategy for wastes management; waste water management in Osaka City; food wastes management by biogas utilization; holistic wastes management in the cities; planning of eco-towns and its implications on solid wastes management; and wastes-to-energy technology.
The workshop was highly dynamic, including group discussions on the implementation of wastes management strategies, collaborative exercise to formulate holistic wastes management to transform cities and towns into eco-towns, city-to-city exchanges, and action plan preparations and presentations. Furthermore, participants had the opportunity to do site visits to explore best practices in wastes management. In addition, CIFAL jeju planned and hosted the first “Exchange of Technology Evening” inviting companies in Republic of Korea to introduce their state-of-the-art environment technologies to the workshop participants.