Inaugural Regional 3R Forum in Asia

2009/11/11 to 2009/11/12
Tokyo, Japan

Date:11-12 November 2009

Place: Tokyo, Japan

The Regional 3R Forum in Asia was successfully launched at the Inaugural Meeting held on 11-12 November 2009 in Tokyo, Japan.

Fifteen Asian countries that participated in the meeting agreed on the Tokyo 3R Statement, voicing their support and interest in the promotion of the 3Rs. At the end of the meeting, the Minister of Housing and Local Government of Malaysia announced that the second meeting of the Regional 3R Forum would be held in Kuala Lumpur in 2010.

Tokyo 3R Statement (2009, English)

UNCRD and Ministry of the Environment-Japan

Supporting Organization
Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES)

Participants List
Over 100 participants attended the meeting, including government officials from fifteen countries (Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Japan, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Mongolia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Viet Nam), the Subsidiary Expert Group (SEG) members of the Regional 3R Forum, international organizations/aid agencies, and local organizations.

Meeting Summary (PDF)

Agenda (PDF)


  • Session 1:

Introduction of the Objectives, Structure, and Vision of the Regional 3R Forum in Asia Choudhury Rudra Charan Mohanty, Environment Programme Coordinator, UNCRD (PDF)

  • Session 2-1: Challenges and Opportunities in the 3Rs/Waste Management in Asia -- Sectoral Issues

a) Municipal Solid Waste:

Strategic Improvement of Municipal Solid Waste Management in Asia Region Masaru Tanaka, Professor, Tottori University of Environmental Studies (PDF)

b) Industrial and Hazardous Waste:

Potential of 3R in Industrial Wastes Ijaz Hossain, Professor, Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (PDF)

Utilization of Industrial (Hazardous) Waste within a 3R Strategic Approach in Indonesia, Utun Sutrisna, Chairman of the Association of Chemical Manufacturers, Indonesia (PDF)

c) Construction Waste:

The 3R in Construction and Demolition Waste �C Potentials and Constraints Sandra Spies, Technical Advisor on Solid Waste Management, German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) (PDF)

d) Medical/Healthcare Waste:

3R Knowledge Hub -- Application in Health Sector Development Initiatives Vijay Joshi, Environment Specialist, Environment and Safeguards Division, Asian Development Bank (PDF)

  • Session 2-2: Challenges and Opportunities in the 3Rs/Waste Management in Asia -- Sectoral Issues

e) Agriculture/Bio-mass Waste:

Challenges and Opportunities in Agro Waste Management -- An Asian Perspective P. Agamuthu, Professor, University of Malaya (PDF)

f) Electric and Electronic Waste (e-waste):

Environmentally Sound Management of E-Waste: Emerging Issues, Challenges and Opportunities for Material Recovery and Recycling Sunil Herat, Griffith University (PDF)

E-waste Management for the Sound Material Cycles and Persistent Chemicals Control Shinichi Sakai, Professor, Kyoto University (PDF)

g) Eco-Town for 3R:

Eco-Town for 3R Promotion in Japan Tsuyoshi Fujita, Chief Researcher, Asian Research Environment Group, National Institute for Environmental Studies of Japan (PDF)

Local Government Initiatives on Eco-Town Yohko Maki, Director, Kawasaki City (PDF)

  • Session 3: Challenges and Opportunities in the 3Rs/Waste Management in Asia -- Cross-Cutting Issues

h) Resource Efficiency, Energy Efficiency (including Cleaner Production aspects):

Challenges and Opportunities in Achieving Resource-Efficient Economies in Asia Goh Swee Ooi, Chief Operating Officer of Sembcorp Environment Pte Ltd and Chairman for the Waste Management & Recycling Association of Singapore (PDF)

The Need to Address Upstream Drivers of Resource Use Magnus Bengtsson, Project Manager, Waste and Resources Project, Institute for Global Environmental Strategies (IGES) (PDF)

i) Climate Change Mitigation/Co-benefits/CDM:

Addressing Climate Change Mitigation, Adaptation and Co-benefits through 3R Approach A. H. Md. Maqsood Sinha, Executive Director, Waste Concern (PDF)

j) Public-Private-Partnerships (PPP) for Sustainable Progress in Achieving the 3Rs:

PPP for High Recycling Rates, Institutional Frameworks and Models ;Anne Scheinberg, Solid Waste Advisor, WASTE (PDF)

k) Informal Sector/Social Aspects:

Health and Labour Considerations as an Integral Part of 3R Promotion Susan Gunn, Senior Technical Specialist, ILO (PDF)

l) Recycling Technologies and Evaluation:

Recycling Technologies and Evaluation Yong Geng, Chair Professor, Institute of Applied Ecology, Chinese Academy of Sciences (PDF)

m) Prevention of Illegal Trade of Waste:

Prevention of Illegal Trade of Waste, Issues and Challenges Atsushi Terazono, National Institute for Environmental Studies of Japan (PDF)

  • Session 4: Country Presentations, Sharing Lessons Learned from the National 3R Strategy Formulation Process in the Greater Mekong Sub-region and Other Countries

1. Viet Nam Nguyen The Dong, Deputy Director General, Vietnam Environment Administration (PDF)

2. Cambodia Sokha Chrin, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Environment (PDF)

3. Thailand Sunee Piyapanpong, Director, Pollution Control Department, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (PDF)

4. Bangladesh Monzur Hossain, Secretary, Local Government Division, Ministry of Local Government and Rural Development and Cooperatives (PDF)

5. Indonesia Susmono, Director, Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Public Works (PDF)

6. The Philippines Emelita Aguinaldo, Deputy Executive Director, Department of Environment and Natural Resources (PDF)

  • Session 5-1: Strengthening the Networking/International Cooperation for the 3Rs

1. A Green Growth Approach to Solid Waste Management Karin Andersson, United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP) (PDF)

2. UNEP activities on 3R Takehiko Nakamura, United National Environment Programme (UNEP/IETC) (PDF)

3. National Cleaner Production Centres Taizo Nishikawa, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) ITPO Tokyo (PDF)

4. Effective Control of Transboundary Movement of Wastes/Resources in Asia Ibrahim Shafii, the Secretariat of the Basel Convention (PDF)

5. Support for Sustainable Cities in Asia: ADB's Urban 3R Strategy Michael Lindfield, Asian Development Bank (ADB) (PDF)

  • Session 5-2: Strengthening the Networking/International Cooperation for the 3Rs

1. GTZ's Activities in the Area of the Waste Management in Asia -- Routes for the Future Sandra Spies, German Technical Cooperation (GTZ) (PDF)

2. JICA's Activities in the Area of 3R/Waste Management in Asia, Good Practice and Lessons Learned Naoki Mori, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) (PDF)

3. Industries and Businesses Activities on 3R Fumio Sameshima, Nippon Keidanren (PDF)

4. Macro-policy Transformation and Stakeholder Empowerment for 3Rs - Lessons and Findings from Asia - Pacific Forum for Environment and Development (APFED) Kim Myung-Ja, APFED, the Green Korea 21 Forum, and Former Environment Minister of Republic of Korea (PDF)

5. Research Needs for 3R promotion, Case of Asia Resource Circulation Research Project and Its Activities Yasuhiko Hotta, IGES (PDF)

6. Report of the Second 3R Conference for Asian Local Governments Akio Okumura, Japan Environment and Sanitation Center (JESC) (PDF)

7. NGO's Aspects of 3R in Asia Yuko Sakita, Asia 3R Citizen's Forum (PDF)