Coping with Climate Change through Improvement of Solid Waste Management

Prof. Mitsuo Yoshida

Global Environment Department,  International Cooperation Agency (JICA), Japan

Abstract: Support and cooperation activities against global climate change problem have been implemented through four approaches in solid waste management sector; i.e. (i) Protection of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from final disposal sites, (ii) Mitigation of GHG generation potentiality of solid waste through various intermediate treatments, (iii) Reduction of GHG emissions from the process of solid waste management (SWM) through enhancing the capacity of management system, (iv) Promoting low-carbon society through waste reduction in overall economic process. Although Climate Change projects such as CDM and JCM in SWM sector have been mostly implemented in the approaches of (i) and (ii), it is necessary to involve the approaches of (iii) and (iv), which correspond to the activities for achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Experiences of international cooperation project in developing countries will be presented.

Biogrpahy: Professor Mitsuo Yoshida is now a senior advisor in environmental management at Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and also the director of International Network for Environmental & Humanitarian Cooperation(iNEHC).
His specialties are in environmental management engineering, solid waste management, environmental geology. In 2001, he was a research fellow in environmental geology, Imperial College London, London, UK; In 1982, he got the PhD degree in geology and mineralogy from Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan; the MSc degree in geology and mineralogy, Graduate School of Science, Hokkaido University, Sapporo, Japan and in 1975, he got the BSc degree in geology, Faculty of Science, Shinshu University, Matsumoto, Japan.
He is a member of Japan Environmental Council (JEC); Japan Scientist Association (JSA); Japan Association on the Environmental Studies (JAES); Japanese Association for Water Resources and Environment (JAWRE); Japan Society of Material Cycles and Waste Management (JSMCWM), etc.

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