Disaster Waste Management

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Special Symposium: 11 March 2021 (Thu.), 16:00-18:00 (JST)
“Resilience with Disaster Waste Management
– Disaster Waste Management (DMW) for Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) and Climate Change Adaptation (CCA) -“


If disasters happen, huge amount and various types of waste is generated at once. Such disaster waste might be a major hindrance against relief, recover and reconstruction. Japan, as a disaster-prone country, has been suffering from various natural disasters, and trying to improve DWM. We believe Japan could contribute to proper DWM globally especially in Asia and the pacific by utilizing those experiences.
In addition, DWM and general waste management are inextricably linked. If the normal waste management is not sufficient, it must be hard to manage disaster waste properly and effectively. We believe that enhancing general waste management will lead to enhance resilience toward disasters through DWM.
DWM may be one of adaptation measures against climate change challenges. Climate change has increased severances and frequency of natural disaster, and amount of disaster waste as well. Proper DMW with its preparedness can be considered as one of the options for “Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR)” and “Climate change adaptation (CCA)”.

Outline of the session:

The date on 11 March 2021 is the 10th anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake. On this day, the session will look back on “Disaster Waste Management (DWM)” from the standpoints of enhancing “1. Resilience against disasters”, “2.General waste management” and “3. Climate change adaptation”. At the same time, the session will provide a perspective for future international cooperation and networking in this field.


    • To show the 3 stands point of DWM, or 1. Disaster Risk Reduction, 2 Linkage with general waste management, 3. Climate change adaptation
    • To provide a perspective for “Cooperation between academia and policy makers” and “Possibility of International cooperation”
    • The movie of session will be archived to raise awareness toward DWM.

Venue (Online): ZOOM (for free, registration required)

Programs :

    1. Opening remarks “DWM and global issues”
      Mr. Noboru KAMITANI, Parliamentary Vice-Minister of the Environment, Japan
    2. Message from Asia and the Pacific
      – Indonesia
      Dr. Novrizal Tahar, Director of Solid Waste Management, Ministry of Environment and Forestry Management, MoEF (KLHK)
      – SPREP (Secretariat of the Pacific Regional Environment Programme )
      Mr. Kosi Latu, Director General, Secretariat of SPREP
      Mr. Ganesh SHAH, Former Minister of Environment, Science and Technology, and Advisor to the Society of Environmental Engineers (SEEN) of Nepal
      Ms. Preeyaporn Suwanaged, Deputy Director General, Pollution Control Department
    3. Panel discussion “Toward Ideal DWM”
      Prof. Toshiaki Yoshioka (President, Japan Society of Material Cycles and Waste Management (JSMCWM))

Dr. Maryono ST, MT (Diponegoro University, Indonesia)

Prof. Maria Antonia N. Tanchuling (University of the Philippines Diliman)
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Mr. Satoru Mimura (Chief Advisor, J-PRISM II, JICA)                          
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Ms. Margherita Fanchiotti (UNEP/UNOCHA)
Mr. Kensuke Mizuhara (Ministry of Environment Japan)

Topics of panel discussion
Issues/challenges of DWM
Perspectives for DWM (Waste Management, disaster risk reduction, Climate Change Adaptation etc)
Cooperation between academia and policy makers
Possibility of International cooperation

Series of Lectures on Disaster Waste Management
11, 15 to 19 March 2021,  18:15 – 19:15 (JST)

Open to the general public.

Outline :

Specialists with various backgrounds will introduce key topics of Disaster Waste Management (DWM). The series of lectures aim to provide local, national, and regional government authorities as well as humanitarian response staff, private sectors for waste management, NGOs and students with increased awareness and enhanced knowledge on DWM. The participants of the lectures are expected to develop the capacities on DWM to contribute building resilience.  

Venue (Online): ZOOM (for free, registration required)

Programs :

11th March (Thu) 18:15 – 19:15 (JST)
“Introduction to Disaster Waste Management”

Why should we mainstream Disaster Waste Management (DWM)? As an introduction of series, some key points of DWM will be explained.
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15th March (Mon) 18:15 – 19:15 (JST)
 “Estimating the amount of DMW”

Mr. Yuzuru Kushiyama (member of JSMCWM)

To consider specific countermeasures, we should estimate the amount of DWM. Practical method for Asia and the Pacific area will be introduced.
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16th March (Tue) 18:15 – 19:15 (JST)
 “Coordinating relevant stakeholders”

Dr. Shinya Suzuki (Fukuoka University)

Based upon experiences, actual process of DWM will be introduced. The key is how we could coordinate cooperation among relevant stakeholders from public and private sectors.
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17th March (Wed) 18:15 – 19:15 (JST)
 “Handling/managing hazardous waste”

Dr. Tomonori Ishigaki (National Institute for Environment Studies, NIES)

If disaster happens, hazardous waste should be sorted immediately from DWM. This lecture shows specific actions and preparedness to manage hazardous waste property.
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18th March (Thu) 18:15 – 19:15 (JST)
 “Management and utilization of disaster waste”

Dr. Atsushi Takai (Kyoto University)

DWM should be reused and recycled as much as possible and managed adequately at landfills. The lecture shows the procedure of managing disaster waste. 
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19th March (Fri) 18:45-19:45
 “Preparing Temporary Storage Site (TSS) before a disaster”

Dr. Ryo Tajima (National Institute for Environment Studies, NIES)

Allocation of the TSS is the principle for DWM. The aim and scope of the session are to (i) understand the role of TSS within the disaster waste stream, (ii) understand conditions for TSS, and (iii) understand preparedness actions for TSS.
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