Transforming Eco-Cities to Environmental
Hubs through Holistic Waste Management
Jeju, Republic of Korea, 6-9 July 2015 (Mon-Thu)
An "Eco-city" is defined as an ecologically healthy human settlement
modeled on the self-sustaining resilient structure and function of natural
ecosystems and living
organisms. Cities that have the following general characteristics are
considered as eco-cities: (a) protection and growth of green space; (b) public
systems that reduce pollution and waste of energy; (c) efficient solid waste
management system; and (d) policies that promote environmental conservation,
involvement of people in ecological preservation. However, an eco-city paradigm
and city-based initiatives tend to follow uni-dimensional, bi-dimensional or
tri-dimensional approaches for sustainable development in that they focus on
some limited environmental, economic and/or social component. Consequently,
result in a partial approach to the nature of sustainable development.
On the other hand, an "Environmental Hub" is defined as a globally
distinguished city realizing sustainable development through the harmonization
economic and environmental components in an integrated framework placing
environment as the top value. Therefore, the environmental hubs are the regions
have the multi-dimensional approach to environmental protection and
conservation. The essence of environmental hubs are the regions that are
shining examples of
how the society as a whole including environment can thrive in terms of the
triple bottom line of sustainability (nature, people and economy) within a
and efficient policy framework for environmental protection.
For cities to become environmental hubs, under the environment sector, cities
need to promote realizing resource circulation-based society through waste
management in that reducing waste generation, establishing the system of waste
resource circulation and energizing waste are the main strategic projects. This
is why it is crucial to note that the biggest opportunity in dealing with waste
is found in holistic approaches that take both consumption and production into
account and apply a life-cycle
perspective. Managing waste from all sources (municipal or industrial) and in
all forms (gas, liquid or solid) starts with preventing waste from being
generated in the
first place. Moreover, where waste cannot be prevented completely,
opportunities arise from treating it as a resource, by converting it to other
uses or recycling it. A
preventive and holistic approach to waste management can help rapidly
industrializing and urbanizing countries in the Asia-Pacific region in
This training will provide participants in the Asia-Pacific region with a
comprehensive overview of a holistic approach to integrated waste management
and of strategies for cities to become environmental hubs.
UNITAR Jeju International Training Center (JITC), Seogwipo-si, Jeju-do,
Republic of Korea
● UNITAR CIFAL Jeju/JITC
● UNEP International Environmental Technology Centre
Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning (KOREA-UNDP Cooperation Fund)
Central and local government officials and other related personnel in the field
of waste management with experience
in waste management policy development and implementation in the Asia-Pacific
The training will include the following:
● topic 1: holistic waste management overview
● topic 2: national and city level waste management
● topic 3: green growth policies
● topic 4: template and guidelines for holistic waste management
● topic 5: eco-cities and environmental hubs
● topic 6: how to develop waste management strategy
● topic 7: action plan to implement waste management strategy
By the end of the training, participants will be able to:
● adopt a life-cycle approach and policies for resource efficiency and
environmentally sound waste management
● use approaches that recognize the 3Rs, increasing energy from waste and
treating waste as a resource
● discuss the role of holistic waste management in transforming eco-cities to
● address the problems associated with unsound waste management
● identify the benefits and drawbacks associated with a range of waste
● apply basic principles to determine the most suitable waste management
strategy in a given situation
● share best practices of their own countries or communities.
The training will be comprised of:
● lectures by experts
● self-assessment exercise and group work
● case study presentation
● UNITAR developed "CityShare
● study visit.
methodology" will be used during the workshop.
The "CityShare methodology"aims at optimizing peer learning between local officials and other local
stakeholders playing crucial roles in ensuring sustainable
municipal development. The methodology consists of various processes of
self-assessment, distillation, and transfer of challenges, lessons learned, and
between local stakeholders and resource persons. It is also composed of several
tools to provide a common framework for the evaluation of experiences made by
participating cities and offer a common language for the exchange and
assimilation of experiences, as well as a roadmap for action and progress.
Selected participants are required to:
● submit necessary documents on time, i.e., application forms etc.
● complete and submit pre-training readings and assignments, i.e. case studies
● actively participate in the training program
fluent in written and spoken English
UNITAR and UNITAR CIFAL Jeju/JITC will jointly issue a certificate to
participants upon completion of the full program.
How to apply
Send the following documents to firstname.lastname@example.org by 29 May 2015 (Fri):
● application form (download from http://www.cifaljeju.org)
● curriculum vitae (CV)
● case study description
● letter of nomination
● letter of commitment.
※ Late application will
not be accepted.
● Application without required documents will not be considered.
● Participation is subject to approval of the application by UNITAR CIFAL
● Selected participants will be notified individually.
Assistance with travel cost
● UNITAR CIFAL Jeju/JITC provides a LIMITED financial assistance with the airfare to Jeju-do,
Republic of Korea.
● Local expenses (transportation, accommodation and meals) during the workshop
will be covered.
● All other expenses are the responsibility of the participants.