Newsletter and Technical Publications
Freshwater Management Series No. 2
Phytoremediation: An Environmentally Sound
Pollution Prevention, Control and Redmediation
An Introductory Guide To Decision-Makers
UNEP - DTIE International Environmental Technology Centre
Established in 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 in government, 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 branches:
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
and transfer, improving understanding of environmental impacts of trade issues,
promoting integration of environmental considerations into economic policies,
and catalysing global chemical safety.
For more information contact:
Division of Technology, Industry and Economics
39-43, Quai André Citroën 75739 Paris Cedex 15, France
Tel: 33 1 44 37 14 50; Fax: 33 1 44 37 14 74
E-mail: email@example.com; URL: http://www.uneptie.org/
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
The mission of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is to protect human
health and to safeguard the natural environment — air, water, and land — upon
which life depends. For 30 years, EPA has been working for a cleaner, healthier
environment for the American people. EPA provides leadership in the nation's
environmental science, research, education and assessment efforts. EPA works
closely with other federal agencies, state and local governments, and Indian
tribes to develop and enforce regulations under existing environmental laws.
EPA is responsible for researching and setting national standards for a variety
of environmental programs and delegates to states and tribes responsibility
for issuing permits, and monitoring and enforcing compliance. Where national
standards are not met, EPA can issue sanctions and take other steps to assist
the states and tribes in reaching the desired levels of environmental quality.
The Agency also works with industries and all levels of government in a wide
variety of voluntary pollution prevention programs and energy conservation
Environment Canada’s mandate is to preserve and enhance the quality
of the natural environment, including water, air and soil quality; conserve
Canada’s renewable resources, including migratory birds and other non-domestic
flora and fauna; conserve and protect Canada’s water resources; carry
out meteorology; enforce the rules made by the Canada – United States
International Joint Commission relating to boundary waters; and coordinate
environmental policies and programs for the federal government.
Environment Canada’s vision is to see a Canada where people make responsible
decisions about the environment, and where the environment is thereby sustained
for the benefit of present and future generations.
Environment Canada’s mission is to make sustainable development a reality
in Canada by helping Canadians live and prosper in an environment that needs
to be respected, protected and conserved.