MANILA – Puerto Princesa City will play host this November to one of the biggest international conferences on zero waste practices. The 6th Zero Waste International Dialogue, which will run from November 18 to 21, 2009, is expected to draw at least 500 government officials and representatives from non-government organizations, schools and businesses. The international conference will focus on zero waste programs, which are regarded as the fastest and most cost effective ways that local governments can contribute to reducing climate change, protect health, create green jobs and promote local sustainability.
The 6th Zero Waste International Dialogue will kick off with a welcome reception on November 18 hosted by Puerto Princesa City Mayor Edward S. Hagedorn. Plenary and skill share sessions will fill the schedule for November 19 and 20, with speakers from local government units, as well as local and international organizations and businesses, presenting zero waste problems, strategies and models. Some of the plenary topics include eco parks, corporate initiatives, extended producers responsibility and zero waste in local governance.
The participants are also expected to draft a Zero Waste Declaration, which will be submitted to Presidential Adviser on Climate Change Sec. Heherson T. Alvarez. Alvarez will head the Philippine delegation to the United Nations Climate Change Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark, in December.
In culmination of the conference, Puerto Princesa City, through the Office of the Mayor, will tour the participants to selected barangay-level Materials Recovery Facilities (MRFs), which are part of the city’s efforts to implement a citywide Ecological Solid Waste Management (ESWM) program. In addition, the host city will treat its guests to a picnic lunch at the 7 New Wonders of Nature finalist Puerto Princesa City Subterranean River National Park.
The conference is organized by Mother Earth Foundation and the Zero Waste International Alliance, with the Department of Environment and Natural Resources, National Solid Waste Management Commission and the League of Municipalities of the Philippines as co-convenors.
Mother Earth Foundation is a non-government organization of men and women from the Philippines who seek to raise the level of public awareness on environmental issues and mobilize people to act positively on the resolution of these issues.
The Zero Waste International Alliance is a global zero waste movement promoting positive alternatives to landfill and incineration and raising community awareness about the social and economic benefits of waste as a valuable resource for employment and business opportunity.
Conference Coordinator, Mother Earth Foundation
Phone: +63 2 925382