CIFAL Jeju Organizes International Workshop on Waste Management for Resilient Cities
23 September 2016, Jeju, Republic of Korea – CIFAL Jeju convened twenty government officials (central, state and local), NGO workers and private company representatives from eleven different countries in the Asia-Pacific region for a four-day workshop on "Waste Management for Resilient Cities." CIFAL Jeju, in collaboration with the Jeonbuk provincial government and the United Cities and Local Governments Asia Pacific (UCLG ASPAC), held the event from 5 to 8 September 2016 at the Gunsan Saemangeum Convention Center in Gunsan, Republic of Korea.
Countries represented in the workshop included Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, India, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The event served as a platform to build capacities in waste management and resilient city planning including strategies, policies and technologies related to climate change and disaster response to enhance city resilience. The workshop program was combined with the 6th UCLG ASPAC biennial congress hosted by the Jeonbuk provincial government in Gunsan, Republic of Korea to encourage participants to be interested in strategies for sustainable development, global issues and ways of cooperation.
The workshop was led by eight experts on waste management and resilient city planning: Ms. Ainhoa Carpintero Rogero from United Nations Environment Programme; Dr. Dongmin Jo from Gwangju Techno Park, Korea; Dr. Jeong-in Kim from Chung-Ang University, Korea; Dr. Woosung Lee from Science and Technology Policy Institute, Korea; Dr. Mushtaq Ahmed Memon from UNEP International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC); Dr. Ali Gul Qureshi from Kyoto University, Japan; Mr. Ran Yagasa from Institute for Global Environmental Strategies, Japan; and Dr. Ki-hae Yang from Segi Environment Co. Ltd., Korea. Presentations focused on key topics including waste management; climate change; disaster response; green energy; and resilient city and infrastructure planning.
The workshop was highly dynamic including a networking event on “Enhancing City Resilience with Multiple Interventions” which was one of the UCLG ASPAC Congress events opened to the general public. Experts from Korean and international institutions and organization were invited to the event to introduce the latest trend in and exchange ideas about various ways to make cities readily recoverable from unexpected disaster risks. The workshop concluded with a visit to various sites in Gunsan including “Hyundai Motor Company,” “Jeonju Hanok Village” and “Rural Development Administration.”