Regional Webinar Series: Africa

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Regional Webinar Series: Africa

Date: January 31, 2024

The webinar profiles the WEEE policy and programs in Ghana and Nigeria with an opportunity for discussion with the attendees.

 

The webinar can be viewed here.

Regional Webinar Series: Electronics and Batteries

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Regional Webinar Series: Electronics and Batteries

Date: June 7, 2023

Join the IEMN team and invited guests for a discussion about Electronics and Batteries: Surveying the Evolving Landscape.

The mission of the International E-Waste Management Network is to share best practices and experiences based on a circular economy approach that reduces the negative impact of electronic waste on public health and the environment while promoting positive socio-economic outcomes.

Join us to learn more about this important topic, the network, opportunities to join, and our upcoming plans for 2023.

 

The webinar can be viewed here.

Regional Webinar Series: The History and Future of the Basel Convention

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Regional Webinar Series: The History and Future of the Basel Convention

Date: April 17, 2023

Coinciding with the Sixteenth meeting of the Conference of Parties to the Basel Convention in May 2023, this webinar featured speakers with a deep understanding of the topic who offered their perspectives on the history and future of the Basel Convention. Speakers included: Rick Goss, Founder & Principal of Green Cognition, Liabeth Yohannes, International Branch Office of Resource Conservation & Recovery from the U.S. EPA Office of Land and Emergency Management, Geri-Geronimo R. Sanez, Chief, Hazardous Waste Management Section Environmental Quality Management Division of the Environmental Management Bureau of the Philippines, and Alexander Batteiger, Advisor to the GIZ global advisory project on sustainable waste management and circular economy.
Each speaker provided introductory remarks and participated in a facilitated discussion and then addressed questions from the audience.

 

The webinar can be viewed here.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F3SWxI6l4zQ&t

Webinar Series: Latin America

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Webinar Series: Latin America

Date: April 20, 2022

The International E-waste Management Network (IEMN) held its third webinar of the 2022 IEMN Regional Webinar series on 20 April 2022. The theme of this webinar was waste electrical and electronic equipment (WEEE) policy and practice in Latin America. The agenda included welcoming remarks from US EPA, an introduction to IEMN, and 5 presentations highlighting the current and future status of WEE policy in four Latin American countries including Colombia (given by Diego Escobar of the Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development of Colombia), Chile (from Tomas Saieg Paez of the Ministry of Environment of Chile) Argentina (given by Candela Nassi, of Argentina’s Ministry of Environment and Sustainable Development), and Costa Rica (given by Eugenio Androvetto of Costa Rica’s Ministry of Health), as well as a presentaion by Alfredo Cueva of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) including an overview and lessons learned from the PREAL Project, which seeks to pave a path for circularity and sustainability in e-waste management across Latin America. The meeting had 111 attendees from North and South America, Asia, and Oceania.

 

The webinar can be viewed here.

Webinar Series: Middle East

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Webinar Series: Middle East

Date: February 28, 2022

The International E-waste Management Network (IEMN) held is second webinar of 2022 IEMN Regional Webinar series on 28 February 2022. The theme of the webinar was highlighting the current and future status of WEEE policy in the Middle East, with a focus on in Israel and Jordan WEEE Policy and practice. The first presentation was given by Ronit Avrahami of Israel’s Ministry of Environment. Ms. Avrahami works as the head of the Expanded Producer Responsibility (EPR) department in addition to her role as prices inspector to the waste sector. Although there was not an oral presentation on the profile of Jordan, some slides were provided on the e-waste profile of Jordan, including a general description of e-waste and the harmful chemicals that leak into the environment when e-waste is not processed adequately and ends up in a landfill. After highlighting the types of hazardous waste included in The Basel Convention, the slides presented some components of e-waste policy in Jordan as well as what would be needed to achieve implementation. The meetings had over 40 attendees from the Middle East, North America, South America, and Asia.

 

The webinar can be viewed here.

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IEMN Webinar Series Kick-off: Overview of WEEE Policy and Practice in Canada and the US

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IEMN Webinar Series Kick-off: Overview of WEEE Policy and Practice in Canada and the US

January 19, 2022

The IEMN launched a brand-new webinar series aiming to share WEEE policies and regulations from different countries and regions around the world. In addition to policies and regulations, the webinar will also focus on WEEE related news and trends and keep the global community up to date on new development in the WEEE industry.

In the first episode, the webinar invited Jay Illingsworth of Canada Electronic Products Recycling Associations to share about Canada’s e-waste management, and IEMN very own Garth Hickle to share about U.S. practices.

 

The webinar can be viewed here.

2024 Youth Innovation Challenge: Advancing Marine Conservation!

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2024 Youth Innovation Challenge: Advancing Marine Conservation!

Date: Tuesday, May 7, 2024

In partnership with the Taiwan Ocean Conservation Administration (OCA), GEEP invites you to apply for the 2024 Youth Innovation Challenge (YIC): Advancing Marine Conservation! The YIC provides an opportunity for young people ages 15–30 around the world to share their innovative solutions to protect marine resources. This year’s challenge explores how we can address marine issues, including loss of biodiversity, marine debris, lack of awareness, and other related issues, and support people of all ages to be engaged stewards to support marine environments. The YIC seeks solutions that are innovative, feasible, and informed by research. Winning solutions will receive global recognition and a $1,000 USD prize and be invited to attend the YIC award ceremony at the Taiwan Ocean Conservation Administration’s marine debris conference in Taiwan in September 2024 (all travel expenses covered)! 

Have a great idea? Follow the steps below:

  1. Read more about the Challenge, selection criteria, and more in the YIC Applicant Handbook. READ HERE 

  2. Register for the YIC Applicant Webinar on May 22, 2024, at 10:00 AM U.S. Eastern Time (convert to your time zone). REGISTER

  3. Submit your proposal below before June 12, 2024, at 11:59 PM U.S. Eastern Time. APPLY

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2023 Eco-Campus Partnership Program Award

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2023 Eco-Campus Partnership Program Award

Date: December 20, 2023

The Ministry of Environment held the 2023 Taiwan-U.S. Eco-Campus Partnership Program Award in Taoyuan on December 20, to recognize 59 schools for receiving 2023 Eco-Campus awards, comprising 10 Green Flags, 20 Silver Flags, and 29 Bronze Flags. This was the largest number of schools to be awarded a Green Flag since the start of the Eco-Campus program.
The Ministry of Environment and the U.S. EPA have been running the Taiwan-U.S. Eco-Campus Partnership Program since 2014, with the Ministry of Education joining the program in 2021. Eco-Campus is an environmental education program that integrates the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals and actively promotes environmental education in schools at all levels. The program focuses on fostering student autonomy, encouraging students to actively participate in environmental protection discussions and decisions, and allowing students to actively learn about the environment and then take action, which in turn raises awareness of environmental protection in society. Since the program started, over 600 schools have joined, and more than 400 schools have received awards, including 24 Green Flags, 161 Silver Flags, and 260 Bronze Flags. The Ministry of Environment hopes that through this program, schools will be able to promote an environmentally friendly culture, so that teachers, students, parents, communities and non-government organizations can all respond to and participate in environmental protection activities.
Eco-schools represent a significant achievement of the Ministry of Environment in promoting environmental education. The Ministry of Environment will continue to promote the Eco-Campus program, and will encourage more participation from different members in the community.

2023 Youth Innovation Challenge Award

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2023 Youth Innovation Challenge Award

Date: November 19, 2023

The Youth Innovation Challenge (YIC) is a joint collaboration between Taiwan’s Ocean Conservation Administration (OCA), Global Environmental Education Partnership (GEEP), and North American Association for Environmental Education (NAAEE) launched in 2020. The aim of YIC is to empower leaders of environmental youth to address issues affecting the marine environments and ecosystems. In the third year of the program, the Youth Innovation Challenge: Saving Our Seas! invited young people between the ages of 15-30 from around the world to share their innovative solutions to protect marine resources and support people of all ages to be engaged stewards for marine conservation, using environmental education (EE) as a key component. From a pool of 136 applicants, 15 finalists were chosen to receive a certificate and global recognition through the GEEP network. Three of these finalists were selected as winners to receive a USD 1,000 prize to support their solution.

 

Overall, the YIC engaged young, innovative thinkers and environmental stewards to harness their creativity and passion, build their capacity to use environmental education to engage people in environmental solutions and provide resources and credibility that these leaders need to move their ideas forward. The YIC exemplifies GEEP’s and Taiwan OCA’s shared commitment to supporting and recognizing young innovators and leaders tackling environmental challenges.

 

Winners

 

Ajay Sawant | Pune, India

The Coral Conservancy: The First Youth-Led Coral Transplantation and Restoration Initiative Project in India

Coral continues to decline in the Indian Ocean due to environmental degradation from pollution, harmful fishing methods, coral mining, and other factors. Ajay’s innovation—a youth-led coral transplantation project in Mumbai—aims to rejuvenate the biodiversity and biomass of the adjacent waters. With a focus on addressing the critical decline of coral reefs and their ecosystem services, this project aligns with the global 30 x 30 action plan and SDG14 goals for the ocean. To achieve this goal, he and a dedicated team of passionate and trained young individuals, under the guidance of marine experts and with methodologies tailored to the Indian ecosystem, will employ advanced coral transplantation techniques to effectively restore and revive the coral reefs. Through educational programs and community outreach initiatives, this project will also inform coastal populations about the significance of marine protected areas and the importance of traditional sustainable practices.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nhdl0GeImUU

 

Jennifer Obiorah & Team | Enugwu Agidi, Nigeria

TeamUpcyclers’ Ocean Restoration Challenge

Team members: Magdaline Chinenye Obiorah, Grace Ifunanya Obiorah, Lawrence Somtoochukwu Obiorah, Charles Ikedinachukwu Obiorah, Victor Emeka Ekemezie

After noticing a learning gap across primary and secondary school students regarding education about SDGs, climate change, and marine debris, Jennifer came up with the idea to host an inter-school marine debris challenge in Nigeria for students with the target of reaching out to an average of 10,000 students across the federation. The “TeamUpcyclers’ Ocean Restoration Challenge” would run for two months and would include four masterclasses to educate the students about the SDGs, climate change, marine environments, and how to conserve the marine ecosystem and biodiversity by removing marine debris. One winning team each from the primary and secondary sectors and one winning team for the most creative project will receive a prize. Having already established several partnerships in the past, Jennifer and her team aim to scale this project with the aim of reaching 50,000 Nigerian students in 5 years.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T2H8UbCu-s8

 

Keira Chen | Hsinchu, Taiwan

The Ocean Library

As a volunteer at her local library, Keira noticed how young children are genuinely interested in reading, and how they especially enjoy the library’s comfy reading corner.  With this in mind, Keira came up with an innovative solution to promote ocean conservation to young children at her library by setting up an ocean-themed reading corner. The ocean-themed corner would include shelves filled with children’s picture books promoting ocean protection. Soft blue pillows, colorful chairs, and marine stuffed animals would attract children’s interest to read in the corner. Each weekend, a group of volunteers would have story-telling sessions to educate the children about ocean protection and discuss examples of ocean waste. The volunteers will be trained beforehand to ensure that they have adequate story-telling skills and accurate knowledge of marine life and current ocean issues. Beyond storytelling, other activities in the ocean-themed reading corner will include a small puppet show and opportunities to create artwork of marine animals and ocean protection, which will subsequently be displayed in the library ocean corner. This project aims to increase children’s passion for protecting our ocean and marine animals while also empowering them with clear solutions and realistic steps to protect ocean ecosystems.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3mBjgdbzQ0

IEP at the 31st Pacific Island Environmental Conference

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IEP at the 31st Pacific Island Environmental Conference

Date: August 4, 2023

The 31st Pacific Island Environmental Conference was held jointly by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Region 9 and the Palau Environmental Quality Protection Board from July 31 to August 4 at Koror, Palau. It was the first PIEC post the pandemic, and the conference provided opportunities for the members of the US-affiliated Pacific islands to engage on various environmental issues. Over 100 participants from different Pacific Island nations gathered, including American Samoa, Chuuk, Guam, Commonwealth Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), and Yap. Taiwan EPA was also invited to present on the accomplishment of the IEP and encourage PI nations to join.

A delegation from the Taiwan EPA presented on the IEP projects, such as Global Environmental Education Partnership, Asia-Pacific Mercury Monitoring Network, and International E-waste Management Network, as well as the recently finished Workshop on Waste Management held in Taiwan in June, which many PI representatives attended. The delegation was led by Ms. Ning-Hsin Chung of the Department of Comprehensive Planning and Mr. Jhih-Yuan Yu of the Department of Environmental Monitoring and Information Management.

During the visit, the delegation also met with Mark Kasman of the U.S. EPA to witness the installation of the latest mercury monitoring station in Palau. The APMMN donated the monitor to Palau EQPB in 2020, however installation was postponed due to the pandemic. And thanks to Palau’s invitation to the PIEC, Taiwan EPA also had the opportunity to install the monitor station during the visit.