Prof. Visvanathan was invited as Expert Key Resource Person for the UNITAR-CIFAL Jeju Capacity Building Training workshop on “Holistic Wastes Management”

Prof C. Visvanathan facilitated the Capacity Building Training workshop on “Sustainable Wastes Management in the Asia-Pacific Region to Promote Eco-Town Models and Holistic Wastes Management.” He was invited as an expert key resource person. The training program was jointly organized by the United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR) and CIFAL Jeju, for the capacity building of Senior Government officers from South and Southeast Asia.

In his 2 days sessions (29-30 September 2014), he introduced the newer ways of looking at the urban wastes and emissions issues through holistic approach. The holistic waste management, unlike piece-meal or vertical silo approach to one singular waste forms, explores the interconnectedness in all possible forms of urban wastes and emissions (solid wastes, wastewater, and gaseous forms, and multiple receiving media/environment).He reiterated that holistic waste management is the way ahead for resource efficiency, wastes management and overall sustainability.

His project case work (PCW) approach of learning was appreciated by the participants, where he engaged them into practice-action-oriented learning by solving various near-real waste issues presented in those cases in a holistic manner.