Final Consultation Workshop on NAMAs for the Waste Management Sector in Sri Lanka

The final Consultation Workshop on ‘Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions (NAMAs) for the Waste Management Sector in Sri Lanka: Opportunities for Linking the PILISARU Program with International Climate Financing’ was held on 30th August 2016 at Waters Edge Hotel, Battaramulla, Colombo from 9.00 a.m to 2.30 p.m. This workshop was jointly organized by the Central Environmental Authority under the Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment and SEVANATHA Urban Resource Centre and it was funded by the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).

The main objective of this workshop was to present the findings of a study that was undertaken to assess the potentials of developing a NAMA for the waste sector to link with the PILISARU Solid Waste Management Program. This study was initiated in the mid of 2015 as a result of the initial consultation workshop held on 30th April 2015. The final consultation workshop created a platform for the practitioners, scholars, and professionals working in the field of waste management to have a dialogue on similar initiatives and on the findings of this study and to share their views on the way forward.

Around 45 participants attended this workshop including officials from Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, representatives from the Central Environment Authority, Climate Change Secretariat, Solid Waste Management Authority, National Solid Waste Management Support Centre, National Climate Fund, UNDP, Academia from related fields and several other participants from Sri Lanka. The main highlights of the workshop were the presentation on the findings of the NAMA study, the technical session at which 5 presentations were made on the recent developments on Sri Lanka’s solid waste management and climate change initiatives in other sectors enabling learning from each other’s experiences.