Sustainable Cities (Kitakyushu Urban Centre)

Workshop on Waste Management through City-to-City Collaboration

Many Japanese cities experienced major pollution problems and various resource constraints (e.g. oil shock) during the rapid economic growth between the 1960s-1980s but they overcame those challenges and managed to develop into low-carbon and resilient cities by maintaining a balance between environment conservation and economic growth. These experiences are considered to be highly useful for other Asian cities currently in the midst of rapid economic growth and facing similar problems, so the idea of training workshops has been proposed to match specific needs and requirements of a wide range of cities. The workshops could also be opportunities to develop long-term city-to-city collaboration.

From 9 to 13 January 2017, a pilot training workshop was organised in Kitakyushu City and Fukuoka City, Japan, with support from the Ministry of the Environment, Japan. The workshop covered a wide range of thematic areas in waste management, including: waste management policies, waste separation, waste collection and transport, recycling, landfill site, intermediate treatment facilities, financing, environment education, and global warming measures. In order to enhance the learning process, the programme was arranged as a combination of lectures, site visits and discussions. At the end of the workshop, the participants prepared and presented their Action Plans, translating their ideas into context for potential implementation in their respective municipality or country.

Date 9 – 13 January, 2017
Location Kitakyushu City (9 – 12 January 2017) and Fukuoka City (13 January 2017)
Organizers Ministry of the Environment, Japan
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)
Number of participants 14 participants from 6 countries, including:
  • Local government officials (Balikpapan City, Indonesia; Chiang Mai Province, Thailand; Mandalay City, Myanmar; Thai Nguyen Province, Vietnam; Quezon City, Philippines)
  • National government officials (Ministry of Environment, Cambodia; Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Vietnam)
  • University and private sector
List of Participants (91KB)
Theme Waste Management for Low-Carbon, Resilient and Sustainable Cities
Document Programme (161KB)

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