Newsletter and Technical Publications
Freshwater Management Series No. 1
Biosolids Management: An Environmentally
for Managing Sewage Treatment Plant Sludge
An Introductory Guide To Decision-Makers
The UNEP - DTIE International Environmental Technology Centre
April 1994, the International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) is an
integral part of the Division of Technology, Industry and Economics
(DTIE) of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). It has offices
at two locations in Japan - Osaka and Shiga.
The Centre's main function is to promote the application of Environmentally
Sound Technologies (ESTs) in developing countries and countries with economies
in transition. IETC pays specific attention to urban problems, such as sewage,
air pollution, solid waste, noise, and to the management of fresh water basins.
IETC is supported in its operations by two Japanese foundations: The Global
Environment Centre Foundation (GEC), which is based in Osaka and handles urban
environmental problems; and the International Lake Environment Committee Foundation
(ILEC), which is located in Shiga Prefecture and contributes accumulated knowledge
on sustainable management of fresh water resources.
IETC's mandate is based on Agenda 21, which came out of the UNCED process.
Consequently IETC pursues a result-oriented work plan revolving around three
issues, namely: (1) Improving access to information on ESTs; (2) Fostering
technology cooperation, partnerships, adoption and use of ESTs; and (3) Building
IETC has secured specific results that have established it as a Centre of Excellence
in its areas of specialty. Its products include: an overview on existing information
sources for ESTs; a database of information on ESTs; a regular newsletter,
a technical publication series and other media materials creating public awareness
and disseminating information on ESTs; Local Agenda 21 documents developed
for selected cities in collaboration with the UNCHS (Habitat)/UNEP Sustainable
Cities Programme (SCP); advisory services; Action Plans for sustainable management
of selected lake/reservoir basins; training needs assessment surveys in the
field of decision-making on technology transfer and management of ESTs; design
and implementation of pilot training programmes for adoption, application and
operation of ESTs; training materials for technology management of large cities
and fresh water basins; and others.
The Centre coordinates its activities with substantive organisations within
the UN system. IETC also seeks partnerships with international and bilateral
finance institutions, technical assistance organisations, the private, academic
and non-governmental sectors, foundations and corporations.
UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics
The mission of the UNEP
Division of Technology, Industry and Economics is to help decision-makers
local authorities, and industry develop and adopt policies and practices that:
||are cleaner and safer;
||make efficient use of natural resources;
||ensure adequate management of chemicals;
||incorporate environmental costs;
||reduce pollution and risks for humans and the environment
The UNEP Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (UNEP
DTIE), with the Division Office in Paris, is composed of one centre and five
The International Environmental Technology Centre (Osaka),
which promotes the adoption and use of environmentally sound technologies with
a focus on the environmental management of cities and freshwater basins, in developing
countries and countries in transition.
Production and Consumption (Paris), which fosters the
development of cleaner and safer production and consumption patterns that lead
to increased efficiency in the use of natural resources and reductions in pollution.
Chemicals (Geneva), which promotes sustainable development
by catalysing global actions and building national capacities for the sound management
of chemicals and the improvement of chemical safety world-wide, with a priority
on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) and Prior Informed Consent (PIC, jointly
Energy and OzonAction (Paris), which supports the phase-out
of ozone depleting substances in developing countries and countries with economies
in transition, and promotes good management practices and use of energy, with
a focus on atmospheric impacts. The UNEP/RISØ Collaborating Centre on Energy
and Environment supports the work of the Unit.
Economics and Trade (Geneva), which promotes the use
and application of assessment and incentive tools for environmental policy and
helps improve the understanding of linkages between trade and environment and
the role of financial institutions in promoting sustainable development.
Coordination of Regional Activities Branch, which coordinates
regional delivery of UNEP DTIE's activities and ensures coordination of DTIE's
activities funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF).
UNEP DTIE activities focus on raising awareness, improving the transfer of
information, building capacity, fostering technology cooperation, partnerships
improving understanding of environmental impacts of trade issues, promoting integration
of environmental considerations into economic policies, and catalysing global
For more information contact:
Division of Technology, Industry and Economics
39-43, Quai André Citroën 75739 Paris Cedex 15, France
33 1 44 37 14 50; Fax: 33 1 44 37 14 74
E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org; URL:http://www.uneptie.org/
The International Network on Water, Environment and Health (UNU/INWEH)
The International Network on Water, Environment and Health (UNU/INWEH) is
a member of the United Nations University family of organizations. It was
by the United Nations University Governing Council in 1996 with core funding
provided by the Government of Canada. Its purpose is to strengthen water
management capacity, particularly of developing countries, and to provide
on-the-ground project support.
UNU/INWEH takes a multi-disciplinary, ecosystem approach to water and watershed
management. It fosters the application of appropriate technologies to meet
water needs and assist environmental industries in developing countries
to ensure the ongoing availability of affordable products and services.
UNU/INWEH is a global Network of water pollution and management experts,
non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, the United Nations
and other multilateral
bodies, and private sector companies. Resources available through the
Network are applied to conceive, develop, implement and manage programs
that address water problems in developing countries.
Human resource development is a fundamental element of each project and
program. UNU/INWEH is committed to training because one of the greatest
needs in the
developing world is to strengthen the capacity of people -- any country's
most valuable resource. The educational programs of the UNU/INWEH include
training curriculum in watershed management, customized project training
and distance education. Emphasis is placed on the training of people
countries who, in turn, will teach others. In this way, countries can
better meet ongoing needs with people skilled in such areas as environmental
regulatory development and enforcement, information collection and
dissemination, and aquatic science.
The United Nations University International Network on Water, Environment
and Health (INWEH)
McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada L8S 4K1