There are two key dynamics confronting local authorities in developing countries today: increasing decentralisation and growing urbanization, now coupled with pressures for greener growth. A transversal theme that can address the challenges while ensuring local actors to accumulate the knowledge, skills, and technologies for making green cities, is the strengthening of governance through effective capacity development.Urban centres in developing countries are seeing rapid growth in the generation of waste including waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) or electronic waste (E-waste), waste agricultural biomass, and waste plastics. Effective and efficient management of waste including the application of 3Rs is an essential element for promoting sustainable patterns of consumption and production, and behavioural change.
Eco-towns refer to an urban planning and environmental management approach where industries located in the designated area pursue synergies in resource utilization, waste management, environmental preservation, and promotion of industrial and economic development. The eco-town approach enhances productivity and simultaneously reduces the negative impacts on the environment through tools, techniques and technologies adopted for the purpose.
This capacity building training workshop while promoting the importance of effective waste management will provide:
i) an opportunity for countries in the Asia-pacific region to build capacities in waste management through eco-town concepts.
ii) a platform to exchange in-depth learning from experts in waste management and to share good practices among participants.
iii) a venue for country-to-country or city-to-city cooperation in formulating and implementing waste management strategies.
- Understand integrated solid waste management and various models of eco-town.
- Explore regional and local trends and good practices applicable in waste management.
- Apply UNITAR self-assessment tools to rate and compare each others’ waste management policies and strategies for their local implementation.
- Use UNEP IETC ISWM and Eco-Town Methodology to develop ISWM plans to transform cities in eco-towns.
The workshop structure consists of the following four pillars:
- Keynote presentations and participatory discussion
- Case Studies from participants
- UNITAR CityShare methodology and UNEP IETC ISWM and Eco-town methodolog
- Field visit
High-level authorities and experts from local governments, representatives from NGO and community-based organizations, academic institutions, and other local actors within the Asia-pacific region.