National Launch Event for the National Action Plan on Plastic Waste Management, Sri Lanka and National Training Workshop on Plastic Waste Management

25-26 August 2021

CCETThe Ministry of Environment (MoE), Sri Lanka developed the National Action Plan on Plastic Waste Management (NAPPWM) 2021-2030 with technical assistance from the IGES Centre Collaborating with UNEP on Environmental Technologies (CCET), and the United Nations Environment Programme International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC), with financial support from the Ministry of Environment, Japan (MOEJ). As part of its local application and adaptation, the Ministry of Environment, Sri Lanka organized the “Launching of the NPWMAP with National Training Workshop on Plastic Waste Management” on 25 and 26 August 2021. The training sessions included i) Plastic Waste Measurement, Hotspots and Monitoring, ii) Development of City Action Plans and iii) Discussions on Key Policies and Regulations in Plastic Waste Management. 
A number of participants shared their views about the NAPPWM, as well as ongoing activities, plans and interests in assisting the Ministry of Environment, Sri Lanka in its implementation on the ground. They included Dr. Jasinghe, Secretary of the Ministry of Environment, Sri Lanka; Mr. Onogawa, Senior Fellow, IGES; Dr. Honda, Programme Officer, UNEP-IETC; Mr. Werahera, Director, EPC-CM, Ministry of Environment, Sri Lanka; Dr. Premakumara, Director, CCET; Ms. Fernando, Assistant Director, EPC-EM, Ministry of Environment, Sri Lanka; and several international and development partners including SACEP, WB, JICA, UNDP, USAID, The Asia Foundation, IUCN, and GIZ.  
Following the launching event, the first training session focused on Plastic Waste Measurement, Hotspots, and Monitoring and was moderated by Professor Alwis, Senior Lecturer at the University of Moratuwa. The session secretariat was Dr. Singh, Policy Researcher at CCET and the speakers were Ms. Hayashi, Programme Manager, CCET; Dr. Moinuddin, Deputy Director, Integrated Sustainability Centre, IGES; and Mr. Abenayaka, Research Engineer, Prika, Japan. 
On 26 August, the second training session on the Development of City Action Plans was moderated by Dr. Anurudda, Senior Lecturer at the University of Moratuwa, with Dr. Singh, Policy Researcher at CCET as the session secretariat. The presenters were Ms. Salem, Economic Affairs Officer, Circular Economy, ESCAP; Mr. Drouin, Program Officer, CityNet Secretariat; Mr. Vincent, Representative, Quezon City, Philippines; Ms. Fernando, Commissioner, NMC; Mr. Welivitiya, Chairman, HELP-O; and Ms. Goonasekara, Chief Executive Officer, Federation of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities, Sri Lanka.

The third and last session on Key Policies and Regulations in Plastic Waste Management was moderated by Ms. Fernando, Assistant Director, EPC-EM, Ministry of Environment, Sri Lanka, where the speakers were Mr. Vithanage, Chair of Friends of the Earth International Amsterdam; Mr. Mannapperuma, Director, SWMA-WP; Ms. Tatsuno, Program Coordinator, CCET; Mr. Madurasinghe, Regional Lead-Public Affairs, Coca Cola; Mr. Udawatta, CEO, Eco-Spindles; and Mr. Konzok, Director, Lanka Upcycles. All of the training sessions had assessment exercises led by Mr. Moonamale, Consultant, HELP-O.   

The launch and national training workshop successfully examined areas for addressing plastic pollution and monitoring plastic leakage to the environment. The CCET-IGES Tracker and its uses to measure plastic pollution were also introduced. A discussion took place about the importance of the National Action Plan on Plastic Waste and its implementation at the local level, followed by the sharing of several case studies on effective plastic waste management. In so doing, the workshop helped generate awareness on proper plastic waste management through measuring and monitoring mechanisms for plastic pollution and leakage to the environment. The workshop also highlighted ongoing areas of concern related to plastic waste management in Sri Lanka and underscored challenges for addressing these gaps such as lack of available data, capacity constraints, and the need for technical assistance to effectively quantify and monitor plastic pollution in city action plans. A total of more than 500 participants joined this two day event. 

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Event Details

Date
25-26 August 2021
Venue

Online 

Supporters
HELP-O, Sri lanka
Languages
Sinhala, Tamil and English
Participants
Total of more than 500 in two days event
Agenda
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Contact

Rajeev Kumara Singh, Policy Researcher, CCET/ SCP, IGES

Presentation Materials


Programme

1st DAY (25th of August)
Inaugural Session: National Plastic Waste Management Action Plan for Sri Lanka
9:00-9:30 Registration of Participants    
9:30-9:50 Welcome Remarks Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Secretory, Ministry of Environment, Sri Lanka  
Mr. Kazunobu Onogawa, Former Director, CCET, Senior Fellow, IGES  
Dr. Shunichi Honda, Programme Officer, UNEP-IETC  
9:50-9:55   Official launching of National Action Plan on Plastic Waste Management for Sri Lanka
Dr. Anil Jasinghe, Secretory, Ministry of Environment, Sri Lanka
 
9:55-10:10   Introduction to National Plastic Waste Management Action Plan for Sri Lanka and its implementation
Mr. S. M. Werahera, Director, EPC & CM, Ministry of Environment, Sri Lanka
 
10:10- 10:50   Sharing some of the on-going & planned initiatives on plastic waste management in Sri Lanka and potential contribution to implementation of National Action Plan
SACEP, WB, ADB, JICA, AFD, UNDP, USAID, AHC, Australian High Commission, High Commission of Canada to Sri Lanka and Maldives, The Asia Foundation, IUCN, HELVETAS SRI LANKA and GIZ
 
10:50- 11:20 Discussion and Question & Answer (Q & A) Moderated by Dr. Premakumara Jagath Dickella Gamaralalage, Director, CCET  
11:20-11:25 Closing Remarks Ms. Sujeewa Fernando, Assistant Director, EPC-EM, Ministry of Environment, Sri Lanka  
11:25- 11:40 Break
1st Technical Session: Plastic Waste Measurement, Hotspots and Monitoring
Session Moderator: Prof. Ajith de Alwis, Senior Lecturer, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka
Session Secretariat: Dr. Rajeev Kumar Singh, Policy Researcher, CCET-IGES
11:40- 11:45 Overview of Training Session Dr. Rajeev Kumar Singh, Policy Researcher, CCET-IGES and Mr. Hathura Welivitiya, Chairman, HELP-O, Galle, Sri Lanka  
11:45- 11:47   Video on Measuring Plastic Waste from Land
to Sea

ESCAP/ IGES- Closing the Loop
 
11:47- 12:10   Overview of available methods/tools for measuring plastic pollution Briefing in local language
Ms. Miho Hayashi, Programme Manager, CCET-IGES
 
12:10- 12:33   Introduction to CCET-IGES tracker and its uses to measure the plastic pollution Briefing in local language
Dr. Mustafa Moinuddin, Deputy Director, ISC, IGES
 
12:33- 12:38 Question & Answer (Q & A) Prof. Ajith de Alwis, Senior Lecturer, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka  
12:38- 12:40   Video on Monitoring Plastic Leakage and Movement
ESCAP/ IGES- Closing the Loop
 
12:40- 13:00   Methods on how city can monitor plastic leakage to environment using digital/ citizenscience application
Mr. Amila Abenayaka, Research Engineer, Prika, Japan
 
13:00- 13:15 Discussion and Q & A Moderated by Prof. Ajith de Alwis, Senior Lecturer, University of Moratuwa, Sri Lanka  
13:15- 13:25 Quick Assessment Mr. Padmasiri Moonamale, Environment Consultant, HELP-O  
13:25- 13:30 Closing remarks with Plan for 2nd Day of
training workshop
Dr. Rajeev Kumar Singh, Policy Researcher, CCET-IGES and Mr. Padmasiri Moonamale, Environment Consultant, HELP-O  
2nd DAY (26th of August)
2nd Technical Session: Development of City Action Plans
Session Moderator: Dr. Anurudda Karunatathna, Senior Lecturer, University of Peradeniya
Session Secretariat:: Dr. Rajeev Kumar Singh, Policy Researcher, CCET-IGES
9:30-9:35 Overview of the session Dr. Rajeev Kumar Singh, Policy Researcher, CCET-IGES and Mr. Padmasiri Moonamale, Environment Consultant, HELP-O  
9:35-9:37   Video on Taking Action Against Marine Plastic Litter
ESCAP/ IGES- Closing the Loop
 
9:37-9:50   Why city action plan is important? How Elearning could be helpful in making action plan and capacity building?
Briefing in local language

Ms. Janet Salem, Economic Affairs Officer, Circular Economy, ESCAP
 
9:50- 10:10   Evaluation framework for effective PWMAP International experience in implementing PWMAP by LA focusing on how the plan was made, Implemented and led to reduce plastic wastes/ achieved results
Briefing for both speeches in local language

Mr. Kevin Drouin, Program Officer, CityNet Secretariat, Seoul Global Center, Seoul, South Kores Representative from Quezon City, Philippine (A member city of CITYNET)

Mr. Vincent, Representative, Quezon City, Philippine (A member city of CITYNET)
 
10:10- 10:15 Q & A Dr. Anurudda Karunatathna, Senior Lecturer, University of Peradeniya  
10:15- 10:25   Development of City Action Plan for Negombo; Implementation of Action Plan and Changes made
Ms. Ruwanthi Fernando, Commissioner, Negombo Municipal Council
 
10:25- 10:35   Experience of HELP-O on Public Private Partnership (ppp) activities of Local Authorities (LA) and it’s effectiveness in enhancing the performance of LA
Mr. Chatura Welivitiya, Chairman, HELP-O, Galle, Sri Lanka
 
10:35- 10:45   Key features of an effective PWMAP for LA (focusing on by laws, private public partnership (PPP) and budget etc.))
Ms. Hemanthi Goonasekara, Chief Executive Officer, Federation of Sri Lankan Local Government Authorities, Sri Lanka
 
10:45- 10:55 Discussion and Q & A Dr. Anurudda Karunatathna, Senior Lecturer, University of Peradeniya  
10:55- 11:05 Quick Assessment Mr. Padmasiri Moonamale, Environment Consultant, HELP-O  
11:10- 11:30 Break
3rd Technical Session : Policies and Regulations in Plastic Waste Management
Session Moderator: Ms. Sarojini Jayasekara, Director (SWM), CEA
Session Secretariat: Ms. Sujeewa Fernando, Assistant Director, EPC-EM, Ministry of Environment
11:30- 11:35 Overview of the session Ms. Sujeewa Fernando, Assistant Director, EPC-EM, Ministry of Environment  
11:35- 11:45   Importance of implementing NPWMAP at LA level focusing on policy, regulation & strategies like EPR, PPP and take back systems etc.
Mr. Hemantha Vithanage, Chair of Friends of the Earth International Amsterdam, The Netherlands
 
11:45- 11:55   The key features of Plastic Waste Management Action Plan of LA to ensure executing actions in NPWMAP; 2021-2030 at the LA level
Mr. Nalin Mannapperuma, SWMAWP, Sri Lanka
 
11:55- 12:10   Banning of Single Use Plastics (SUPs)
Briefing in local language

Ms. Tatsuno, Program Coordinator, CCET-IGES
 
12:10- 12:15 Q&A Ms. Sarojini Jayasekara, Director (SWM), CEA, Sri Lanka  
12:15- 12:30   Introduction to different plastic recycling Systems and Methods;
  • Establishment of “take back system”, its results and lessons learnt
  • Ongoing & future methods of plastic recycling
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  • Sharing of achievements and lessons learnt in recent innovative & sustainable plastic waste management initiatives in Sri Lanka;
  • Application of innovative recycling methods at Arugambe, Sri Lanka
  • Implementing the Extended Producer Responsibility (EPR) strategy
Mr. Hendrik Konzok, Director- Lanka Upcycles Pvt Ltd., Sri Lanka
Mr. Chandrarathna D Vithanage, Senior Assistant Secretary General, The Ceylon Chamber of Commerce
 
12:45- 12:55 Discussion and Q&A Moderated by Ms. Sarojini, Jayasekara, Director (SWM), CEA, Sri Lanka  
12:55- 13:05 Quick Assessment Dr. Rajeev Kumar Singh, Policy Researcher, CCET-IGES and
Mr. Padmasiri Moonamale, Environment Consultant, HELP-O
 
13:05- 13:15 Closing remarks Mr. S. M. Werahera, Director, (EPC & CM), Ministry of Environment  

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