United Nations Environment Programme
It is an integral part of the pilot and demonstrations projects on the integrated solid waste management (ISWM) and management of specific waste streams.
Developing countries are seeing rapid growth in the generation of waste including waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) or electronic waste (E-waste), waste agricultural biomass, and waste plastics. Effective and efficient management of waste including application of 3R (Reduce, Reuse, Recycle) is an essential element for promoting sustainable patterns of consumption and production.
Integrated solid waste management (ISWM) and recovery of useful materials / energy from waste streams is an effective approach to enhance Resource Efficiency while reducing the adverse environmental impacts caused by waste disposal. The application of environmentally sound technologies (ESTs) is key to successful waste management.
IETC organizes regional training programmes for policy makers and personnel involved with the subject of waste management.
Although waste management is often considered gender neutral, women and men are affected by and are involved in the management of waste differently due to existing gender inequalities, responsibilities and roles.
First of all, waste is not necessarily a gender neutral concept. In many societies, women and men may have different perceptions and view of what is waste and what is not. Further, women may have different needs and preferences on waste management services as the primary users and providers as informal workers of such services. Women are also exposed to specific health risks in various ways. All this leads to the need for gender perspectives to be incorporated into waste management. The link below provides a brief introduction to the nexus between gender and waste management.
IETC is committed to undertake efforts to ensure that gender perspectives are addressed in design and implementation of projects so that its projects deliver equitable benefits irrespecitve of gender.
The new Executive Director of UN Environment, Erik Solheim, posted a video for the International Women's Day on 8 March 2017: A message from Erik Solheim
UN Environment and Gender: http://www.unep.org/gender/
Gender Focal Point
This book is the first volume in the series of training manuals on developing integrated solid waste management (ISWM) plans. It aims to build the capacity of practitioners and policy makers in waste characterization and quantification with projections for the future for all waste generating sectors viz.: residential, commercial, construction and demolition, healthcare and industrial sectors. The objective of the manual is to facilitate characterization of different types of wastes from each sector and quantification of the level of waste generation. The manual provides a methodology to conduct studies leading to collection and analysis of the data from different sectors. An example has been worked out to make this manual user friendly.
This book is the second volume in the series of training manuals on developing integrated solid waste management (ISWM) plans. It aims to build the capacity of practitioners and policy makers for assessing current waste management systems and practices covering all the stages of waste management chain viz.: primary generation and disposal, collection and transportation, sorting and material recovery for recycling, treatment and resource recovery, and final disposal. The objective of the manual is to facilitate identification of important aspects of waste management system and gaps therein with reference to regulations, institutional arrangements, financial mechanisms, technology and infrastructure, and roles and responsibilities of various stakeholders in the current system. The manual provides a methodology to conduct studies leading to collection and analysis of the information.
This book is the third volume in the series of training manuals on developing integrated solid waste management (ISWM) plans. It aims to build the capacity of practitioners and policy makers for setting targets for ISWM and identifying stakeholders' issues of concern. The manual also provides guidelines for conducting stakeholder consultation to identify their concerns with reference to financial aspects, environmental impacts, technology considerations and cultural aspects.
Training Manual Vo.4: ISWM Plan, Jun 2009
This book is the fourth and last volume in the series of training manuals on developing integrated solid waste management (ISWM) plans. It aims to build the capacity of practitioners and policy makers for developing a comprehensive ISWM plan by utilizing the information collected earlier regarding waste characterization and quantification, assessment of current waste management system and gaps therein, and targets and issues of concern for ISWM. The manual provides a methodology for developing the ISWM Plan utilizing the information from Volume 1 and Volume 2 as baseline information and information from Volume 3 for contextualizing the Plan. The manual also provides guidelines for developing specific projects/schemes along with an implementation strategy.