Series No. 7
Approach in Environmental Management
The 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 endogenous capacity.
IETC has secured specific results that have established it as a Centre of Excellence
in its areas of speciality. Its products include: an overview on existing information sources
for ESTs; a database of information on ESTs; a regular newsletter, a te chnical 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
the improvement of chemical safety world-wide, with a priority on Persistent
Organic Pollutants (POPs) and Prior Informed Consent (PIC, jointly with FAO).
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
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:
UNEP, Division of Technology, Industry and Economics
39-43, Quai André Citroën
Paris Cedex 15, France
Tel: 33 1 44 37 14 50
Fax: 33 1 44 37 14 74