'Zero waste society' a key elementof green economy
Daegu, Korea -- The REC is again highlighted on the global map during Special Event "Moving towards Zero Waste for a Green Economy: Role of Local Authorities" of the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) World Congress 2011, which was held in Daegu Exhibition and Convention Center, in Daegu, Korea. ISWA World Congress 2011 gathered several hundreds waste management professionals and policy makers across the world who discussed state-of-the-art technologies and exchange experiences in policy development dealing with waste and resource management. The REC was invited for those events as Sub-regional secretariat for Central and Eastern Europe of the International Partnership for Expanding Waste Management Services of Local Authorities (IPLA) which was launched during the Commission for Sustainable Development meeting (CSD-19) in New York in May 2011 to address the needs of local authorities in expanding waste management services, with a mission to "share knowledge, communicate across national boundaries and work to spread best practice in order to accelerate the uptake of waste related infrastructure and services at various stages of waste management such as avoidance, prevention, minimization, segregation, collection, transport, recycling, recovery, reuse treatment and disposal", as pointed in establishment statement.
The REC confirmed interest to participate IPLA network and contribute to joint efforts towards resource efficiency and zero waste society as one of the key element of green economy. "In progressing towards zero waste society we should strive to: i) integrate waste management policies from global via national to local level, ii) enable participatory planning, iii) promote environmental education, and iv) establish partnership of various stakeholders. For all those actions the REC has developed several tools which could be further promoted and used through IPLA network" as said Dr Radoje Lausevic, REC Deputy Executive Director during plenary discussion.
IPLA is a new international partnership to address the needs of local authorities in expanding their waste management services. It is decided to become a "decentralized network" and a "knowledge platform" whereby local authorities and public waste utilities could gain access to meaningful information, and interact and network with partner institutions (cities, private sector, professionals and research institutions, international financial institutions, UN and donor organizations, among others) actively engaged in sustainable waste management. Currently a number of organizations have joined IPLA and that number is continuously increasing (http://www.uncrd.or.jp/env/ipla/index_form.htm).