Support for the Introductory Training Session on Holistic Waste Management
UNEP IETC, Asian Institute of Technology, UNITAL-CIFAL Jeju/JITC and the Osaka City Government co-hosted the introductory training session on holistic waste management in Bangkok, Thailand from 28 to 30 October 2014, with the support of GEC. Approximately 60 people from 13 countries (India, Republic of Indonesia, Republic of Kazakhstan, Kingdom of Cambodia, Kyrgyz Republic, Democratic Socialist Republic of Sri Lanka, Republic of Tajikistan, Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal, Kingdom of Bhutan, Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, Malaysia, Republic of the Union of Myanmar and Mongolia) participated in the training session. They represented governmental bodies, international organisations, NGOs and academic institutions. IETC launched a consortium of universities to develop an academic curriculum on holistic waste management, aimed at resolving urban environmental issues. They subsequently developed training modules, working together with the Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand), Tongji University (China), University of New South Wales (Australia) and Kyoto University. This curriculum was introduced as a pilot case in the training session, in which four training modules were conducted over the three-day programme. Various lectures on waste management were delivered, and the international participants from many countries and cities provided valuable feedback. Based on the findings of the training session, IETC plans to develop a master programme on holistic waste management to be implemented by the consortium in 2016. GEC will continue to support this project.