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VOL.16 NO.1 JAN-APR 2014
Training Session on Holistic Waste Management and Eco-Town Models for Sustainable Asia-Pacific Region, 28-30 April, Jeju, Republic of Korea
Participants of the holistic waste training session   

RRC.AP participated in the training session on holistic waste management and eco-town models for sustainable Asia-Pacific region organised by United Nations Institute for Training and Research, Centre International de Formation des Autorités et Leaders, Jeju (UNITAR CIFAL Jeju)/JITC (Jeju International Training Center) on 28-30 April 2015, in Jeju, Republic of Korea. The session provided information on Korea's sanitary landfill site management technology, Korea's Official Development Assistance (ODA) program to countries, sustainable development and green economy, the holistic waste management, national and city level waste management strategy and action plan to implement the strategy.

The session also arranged a visit to the smart grid which uses telecommunication technology on the power grid for the consumer and energy supplier to exchange intelligent power grid information resulting to a greater energy efficiency in all angles of energy supply, energy transportation and energy consumption. The training session also provided participants an opportunity to exchange ideas/thoughts, share experiences and explore potential collaboration in the future. Ms. Liang Li and Ms.Suwimol Wattanawiroon from RRC.AP participated in the event.

First Working Group Meeting on End-of-Life Vehicle Recycling, 2 April, Jakarta, Indonesia
Group photo of the first working group meeting   

The First Working Group Meeting of the ERIA Research Project on the Survey on Vehicle Recycling Systems and the Vehicle Recycling in the ASEAN Region was jointly organized by the Economic Research Institute for ASEAN and East Asia (ERIA), Mitsubishi Research Institute (MRI) and the Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRC.AP) on 2 April 2015 in Jakarta, Republic of Indonesia. The meeting was attended by government officials, think-tanks and persons with relevant knowledge and experience on End-of-Life Vehicle (ELV) recycling from India, Japan, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The meeting was chaired by Dr. Michikazu Kojima, Senior Research Fellow at Japan External Trade Organization (JETRO).

Mr. Shimpei Yamamoto, Managing Director for Research Affairs of ERIA, in his opening remarks, presented the background of the ELV recycling research project and how the framework was decided by the Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry (METI) of Japan and Asian economic ministries. He also elaborated on the importance of studying ELV recycling in the region. Mr. Guilberto Borongan and Ms. Woralac Rodsumang represented RRC.AP at the meeting.

Training Session on Holistic Waste Management for Post-Graduates, 9-12 March, AIT, Thailand
Participants of the Academic Training on Holistic Waste Management   

A four-day training session on holistic waste management for post-graduate students at Asian Institute of Technology (AIT) was held on 9-12 March 2015 at AIT, Pathumthani, Thailand. The training was jointly organized by the UNEP International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC), Asian Institute of Technology, Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRCAP), Global Environmental Centre Foundation (GEC) and the City of Osaka Government. The training was delivered by University Consortium partners, namely, Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand), Griffith University (Australia), Kyoto University (Japan), Tongji University (P.R. China), The Energy and Resources Institute (India), and the UNSW (Australia). The training was aimed at raising awareness through sharing of the concept of holistic waste management to the participants and receiving their feedback on the curriculum, content, and delivery process.

Coverage of the 4-day sessions, included, among others, waste overview, characterisation, and material flow management; circular economy approaches and tools; waste treatment and disposal technology; and waste governance - formal and informal stakeholders' inclusivity and the institutional coherence for effective waste management service delivery in holistic way. At the opening ceremony, Mr. Surendra Shrestha, UNEP IETC, in his remarks, cited the need for holistic waste management to address the challenges of huge quantity of post-consumption wastes and emissions and resources constraints brought about by the unsustainable consumption lifestyles of an increasing global population. The training was attended by 22 participants from the Asian Institute of Technology.

National workshop for awareness raising and capacity building for formulating National Waste Management Strategy in Mongolia, 4-6 February, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
Participants of the Mongolia workshop on natural waste management stragegy   

The national awareness raising and capacity building workshop for formulating the National Waste Management Strategy in Mongolia was conducted from 4-6 February 2015 in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The workshop was jointly organised by the Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism (MEGDT), UNEP International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC), Asian Institute of Technology, Regional Resource Centre for Asia and the Pacific (RRCAP), and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

The workshop was aimed to: (i) raise awareness of the technical officers and other participants on holistic waste management; (ii) build capacity for developing strategies and action plan for Mongolia focusing on data collection and analysis, identification of gaps in legislative framework and implementation, financing mechanisms, technologies and roles of stakeholders; (iii) agree upon the generic outline document of the national waste management strategy and action plan; and (iv) discuss the next steps covering the work plan/process of the strategy formulation.

The session was opened by Mrs. D. Oyunkhorol, Minister, MEGDT, Mongolia and His Excellency Mr. S. Batbold, Chairman of the Parliament Standing Committee on Nature, Environment, Food and Agriculture, State Great Hural of Mongolia. The keynote presentation on challenges and opportunities for waste management was presented by Mr. Surendra Shrestha, Director of UNEP IETC. Dr. Mushtaq Memon, UNEP IETC, presented the generic outline or template of the national waste management strategy. Mr. Guilberto Borongan, RRCAP, gave an overview on holistic waste management and the introduction to National and City Waste Management Strategies. Mr. Bayasgalan Sanduijav also represented RRC.AP at the event.

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Third Report for Policy Makers (RPM3)

RRC.AP, functioning as the Secretariat for Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia (EANET) has worked in close collaboration with the Network Center of EANET (Asia Center for Air Pollution Research, ACAP) in Japan to publish the Third Report for Policy Makers (RPM3), with the theme "EANET and Clean Air for Sustainable Development". The publication was done in consultation and with contributions from the 13 EANET participating countries RPM3 is the third release of a series of publications produced specifically for policy makers to provide the updated information on the state of atmospheric environment focusing on acid deposition and related substances. The publication also aims to support and upgrade the policy and decision making capacity of the EANET participating countries on local and regional air quality improvement. The five interesting topics in this report, includes, an overview of the air quality in East Asia; pollutants of concern and their effects; progress of EANET; integrated approach and way forward for EANET; and priority measures to ensure clean air for sustainable development. The publication is now available online at EANET website - publications. The printed booklet will be distributed to the member countries and to the stakeholders upon request.

EANET Newsletter Volume 17 (July-December 2014)

The EANET Newsletter Volume 17 (July-December 2014) is recently released highlighting the events and activities of the EANET Secretariat during the second half of 2014 (July-December). The EANET Newsletter is issued bi-annually according to the work plan of the EANET Secretariat, RRC.AP, and can be downloaded from the EANET website.

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