Description/achievement of initiative
The goal of IPLA is to increase the capacity of local authorities (LAs) for sustainable waste management towards a resource efficient and zero waste society, achieving livable and sustainable cities. Through IPLA:- The capacity of LAs and municipalities will be empowered by better access to tools, technologies, investment opportunities, and international financial mechanisms in the area of municipal waste management. - A dynamic interface between the local authorities and private sector will be built, thereby facilitating public-private partnerships and creating conducive investment climate for expanding waste management services. - Improved urban management towards realizing livable cities in participating LAs.
- Enable LAs to share experience in addressing waste management challenges, as well as in taking advantage of opportunities; - Help in mainstreaming integrated and sustainable waste management strategies such as ISWM and 3Rs; - Promote "green jobs" and stimulate "green investments" in waste management; - Encourage awareness raising and capacity building programs in critical areas of concern; and - Support local action plans and strategies for sustainable waste management.
Arrangements for Capacity-Building and Technology Transfer
The major functions of IPLA is governed by a IPLA Advisory Board. Overall global coordination support is provided by UNCRD in Nagoya./Japan with the supports of a IPLA Global Secretariat and a number of IPLA Regional and Sub-Regional Secretariats. For details, please visit IPLA website - http://www.uncrd.or.jp/env/ipla/index.php?menu=378
Coordination mechanisms/governance structure
IPLA serves as a 'dynamic knowledge platform' and a 'decentralized network' among a wide range of partners such as cities and municipalities, governments, the private sector, NGOs, academic and research institutions, international and donor organizations, UN agencies, among others, to address waste management issues, including new emerging issues, at local/municipality level. IPLA builds capacity of local governments and municipalities by sharing knowledge and expertise, best practices and innovative policy options through its dedicated web-portal, regularly held Global Forums, workshops. IPLA partner institutions also carry out a number of capacity building and training activities in waste management related areas. By creating an interface between public and private sector, IPLA combines the advantages of the private sector (dynamism, access to financial resources and latest technologies, managerial efficiency, and entrepreneurial spirit, etc.) with social concerns and responsibility of the public sector (public health and better life, environmental awareness, local knowledge and job creation, etc.).
Global Coordinating Secretariat- UNCRD;
Regional Secretariat for Africa, Asia and Latin America- UN-HABITAT;
Sub-Regional Secretariat for South Asia- SACEP;
Sub-Regional Secretariat for the Pacific SIDS- SPREP PROE;
Sub-Regional Secretariat for Southern Latin America- Abrelpe ISWA;
Sub-Regional Secretariat for Northern Latin America- UAESP;
Sub-Regional Secretariat for the region covering Australia and New Zealand- Griffith University;
Sub-Regional Secretariat for Mashreq and Maghreb Countries- SWEEPNET;
Sub-Regional Secretariat for Central and Eastern Europe- Regional Environmental Centre;
Sub-Regional Secretariat for the Caribbean SIDS- USC;
Sub-Regional Secretariat for Russia and EurAsEC Countries- ICBET;
Sub-Regional Secretariat for Southern Africa- IWWG;
Sub-Regional Secretariat for Western Africa- LAWMA;
Sub-Regional Secretariat for East-Asia- Basel Convention Regional Centre China.