Friday, November 27, 2009

Marikina hosted Zero Waste Conference

The Mother Earth Foundation and the Zero Waste International Alliance, in partnership with the National Solid Waste Commission, the Department of Environment and Natural, and the League of Municipalities in the Philippines launched the 6th Zero Waste International Dialogue from November 18 to 20, 2009.

Held at the Marikina Hotel and Convention Center, the event was participated by approximately 250 local government officials and 150 representatives from international and local non-government organizations and academic institutions. 

With the theme, "Zero Waste Solutions in the face of Climate, Chemical and Financial Crisis", the event aimed to illustrate the huge potential of zero waste solution in averting these crises through careful measures presented in plenary and skill share sessions.

The conference was divided in three discussion topics: Zero Waste as a Climate Mitigation and Adaptation Measure; Zero Waste as a Tool for Chemical Safety; and Zero Waste as a Job and Livelihood Solution. 

Eco tours in some provinces which include Rizal, Pangasinan, and Palawan was also included to showcase zero practices as well as the top tourist destinations in their area. 

Moreover, there was a a two-week long exhibit launched at the LRT Cubao Station from November 9 to 15, 2009 which presented the different zero waste practices around the world.

The dialogue was supported by other non-government organizations which include: Union of Local Authorities of the Philippines (ULAP), Eco Waste Coalition, and the Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternative (GAIA).


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