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Summary of the E-waste Training Workshop for Asia and the Pacific

August 20, 2009

The Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA), the Ministry of the Environment of Japan (MOEJ), the Secretariat of the Basel Convention (SBC), the Basel Convention Regional Centre for South-East Asia (BCRC-SEA) and the Basel Convention Coordinating Centre for Asia and the Pacific (BCRC China) co-organized an E-waste Training Workshop for Asia and the Pacific on the 10th-14th of August, 2009 in Hanoi, Vietnam, under the Basel Convention Partnership on the Environmentally Sound Management (ESM) of E-waste in the Asia-Pacific region.

The workshop was attended by representatives from Cambodia, Indonesia, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Vietnam and Japan, resource persons (academia, industry and NGO) and observers. The objectives of the workshop were: 1) to assist governmental officials in charge of the implementation of the Basel Convention and the management of E-waste in developing national strategic framework and measures for the environmentally sound management (ESM) of E-waste; 2) to facilitate them to keep up with up-to-date and practical approaches and techniques in the E-waste management; and 3) to encourage participating countries to undertake further policy actions in the field.

Each participating country made presentations on project proposals and plans to undertake new or next phase activities on E-waste management. Resource persons gave various presentations on the current situations and obstacles of E-waste management in the region as well as technical measures and potential policy interventions for improvement. Active discussion was made on how each country may take appropriate approaches to fully implement ESM of E-waste. All participating countries agreed to finalize their project proposals in order to continue their efforts toward ESM of E-waste in Asia and the Pacific region.

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