IPLA names REC as key partner

June 9, 2011

REC to host Sub-Regional Secretariat for CEE

SOLVING PROBLEMS TOGETHER: Stakeholder partnerships are a key to success. Photo: ARLIS Reference

Acting on a March 30, 2010 invitation from Asian Institute of Technology President Said Irandoust to join the International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local Authorities (IPLA), and having received confirmation of acceptance in April from UNCRD Environment Programme Coordinator Choudhury Rudra Charan Mohanty, the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe (REC) confirmed in May that it will host the Sub-Regional Secretariat for Central and Eastern Europe of IPLA.

IPLA was officially launched on May 12 in New York during the CSD19 Side Event on Building Partnerships for Moving towards Zero Waste. While participating at this event, REC Executive Director Marta Szigeti Bonifert expressed excitement about the opportunity to be involved in this new UN waste-management initiative. "We are looking forward to a fruitful cooperation in addressing the needs and building capacities of local authorities for achieving sustainable waste management," the REC director said.

IPLA is an international partnership to address the needs of local authorities in achieving sustainable waste management, as is expected to become a 'decentralised network' whereby local authorities and public waste utilities will interact directly with partner institutions.

GROUP EFFORT: REC Executive Director Marta Szigeti Bonifert (at right) attends the CSD19 side event in New York. Photo: REC archive

The new partnership stresses the link between waste and resources, and aims to connect all key stakeholders through knowledge networks following the principles of Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) and strategies such as 'Reduce, Reuse and Recycle' (3Rs). Membership is voluntary and open to all, and a five-tier membership scheme ensures against overlap and duplication of responsibilities, while assuring that relationships with other initiatives will be complementary.

The REC draws from considerable experience in the field of waste management, having been involved in cross-border projects, data collection and processing concerning implementation of the EU acquis in waste management, the preparation of waste prevention guides for EU Member Sates, and sharing information on best practices regarding waste prevention. The REC recently developed a number of local and regional waste management plans, and supports regional waste management centres, especially in South-Eastern Europe. Within the REC's ongoing environmental mission, the organisation aims specifically to keep waste management high on the political agenda.

Much more information on IPLA, along with a list of project partners, can be found at the UNCRD website.

Please see the contacts listed below for information about REC participation in this initiative:


Radoje Lausevic

REC Deputy Executive Director



Ana Popovic

Expert, Environmental Management



Olta Cibuku

Expert, Local Initiatives