Solid Waste Management in Asia Pacific region




20 Apr - 23 Apr 2010

Duration of event:

4 days


Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Programme area:

Environment, Local Development


To be confirmed on 30 March 2010


The registration fee is USD 250 per person. Fellowships are available for cities from developing countries. Please contact CITYNET ( for details.



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Waste is one of the biggest environmental issues faced by most cities in developing countries. The amount of waste generated has increased rapidly and this is creating tremendous pressure on local governments to manage the wastes efficiently right from storage bins, to collection, transfer and transport and finally treatment and disposal. Many of the waste management practices in the past were aimed at short-term solutions without sufficient regard or knowledge for long-term integrated waste management solutions that take into account financial constraints, scarcity of land, impacts on health and environment, appropriate technology and conservation of resources through 3R (reduce, re-use and recycle) programs. The solutions for waste management in developing countries may involve many inter-related factors and the challenge faced by cities is to translate these factors into practical solutions.
With our growing awareness of the detrimental environmental effects of current waste management practices, local authorities in developing countries are under increasing pressure to provide effective waste management systems. Better practice, safer and long-term solutions are required under the principle “best available technology without incurring excessive costs”. An integrated waste management (IWM) approach is one of the solutions for waste management in developing countries.
IWM involves the selection and application of suitable techniques, technologies and management programs to achieve specific waste management objectives and goals. In this respect, government and non-governmental agencies including industries and the general public, all have equal role in achieving the long-term solutions for sustainable waste management practices.

Event Objectives

Learning Objectives


This course will create opportunity for Asia Pacific local governments to find appropriate partners for in-depth city-to-city cooperation through various forms of exchanges and to replicate the most successful practices in the region.



Content and Structure



The course provides analytical tools to understand waste management issues in Asia Pacific…. The course consists of the following 4 modules:

- Module 1: Introduction to waste management
- Module 2: Presentation of best practices
- Module 3: CITYSHARE methodology
- Module 4: Field visits and elaboration of action plan




1. Classroom lectures, both by Malaysian and international resource persons.
2. Site visits to selected waste management facilities both in Kuala Lumpur and outside Kuala Lumpur.
3. Presentation of case studies and experiences by participants.
4. An Assessment Tool introduced by UNITAR.
5. Preparation of action plans by participants.

Targeted Audience

Local actors from Asia Pacific region, including Mayors, municipal staff, representatives of public and private sectors, experts, etc.