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UNEP/IETC EST Initiative Proposed Cooperation Framework. 4 December 2003 Otsu, Japan. Needs…. To increase the sustainability of (urban) systems Enhance understanding and motivation Enhance the capacity to act in a sustainable manner (environmental, social, economic)

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  • To increase the sustainability of (urban) systems
    • Enhance understanding and motivation
    • Enhance the capacity to act in a sustainable manner (environmental, social, economic)
    • Enhance access to and uptake of the critical resources (with emphasis on technology)
  • To demonstrate success using relevant indicators
    • A consensus based set of performance indicators for ESTs is needed
    • These indicators should provide guidance in addressing the environmental performance of technologies (and should be linked to sustainable development)
  • Performance indicators are needed for the Initiative itself in order to measure overall effectiveness
proposed initial approach
Proposed Initial Approach
  • Demonstrate ways and means to enhance sustainability of urban systems
  • Context:
    • A component of IETC’s Cities as Sustainable Ecosystems (CASE) initiative, but not exclusively
    • Also links to other initiatives of UNEP and partners
  • Objective: Providing reliable information about ESTs, including examples of applications
  • Definition of ESTs: Includes technology-based concepts and systems and tools for application
  • Focus: Water and Sanitation, but not excluding other areas
  • Targets: Technology users in developing countries and countries in transition (with both developed and developing countries as sources of information and examples); other stakeholders including government agencies, financial institutions, technology developers, vendors and supply side infrastructure
  • Related Issues: Dealing with the contextual factors that impact on the ability to transfer and use ESTs
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Outputs to Address the Needs (1)
  • A platform for assessing, verifying and certifying the environmental performance of technologies
  • An internationally acceptable system/process for this
  • Mobilising available resources
    • Introductory guidance papers for local decision-makers (including co-branded publications)
    • Fact sheets and templates on potential technologies
    • Simplified, pragmatic guidance on decision-making for technology investments
    • Targeted and focused training courses
    • Templates and examples for tenders, partnership agreements, procurement, etc.
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Outputs to Address the Needs (2)
  • An effective system for accessing EST information
    • Linked to National systems, etc
    • Reviewed, validated, certified information on ESTs
    • Knowledge centres
    • Good practice examples
    • Training programmes and materials
  • Implementation of Partnership Agreements to strengthen cooperation
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IETC EST Initiative: Key Partners and Roles (1)
  • Coordination, facilitation and implementation (IETC)
  • Organisations representing providers of ESTs (Associations)
    • information on potential ESTs
    • sources of technology
  • Organisations covering a specific focus area (e.g. water, waste, construction) or target groups (e.g. local government, engineers, architects, planners, etc.)
    • Expertise, information and experience – innovation, application (IWA, ISTT, CIB, ISWA, FIDIC, etc.)
    • Practitioners - for delivery/implementation (ICLEI, FIDIC, others)
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IETC EST Initiative: Key Partners and Roles (2)
  • Organisations dealing with contextual issues (ICLEI, GPA, Government agencies)
  • Validation/Verification/Certification organisations (Government agencies and institutions)
  • Financing and investment aspects (Investment funds, government agencies and institutions)
  • Promotion and Marketing (GLOBE Foundation, ICLEI)
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Implementation (1)
  • Case studies on the process of EST identification, selection and performance assessment
    • Where Partners have significant presence
    • Where environmental indicators suggest relevant needs and probability of project having maximum relevance
  • Focus
    • ESTs for water, sanitation, construction
    • Developing countries as targets
    • Developed and developing countries as sources of information and innovation
  • Parallel (multi-institution) rather than sequential approach
    • Establish partnership agreements
    • Re-focus (“re-package”) existing products
  • Environmental outcomes
    • Use accepted environmental (sustainability) indicators to identify entry points and assess progress
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Implementation (2)
  • Initial Plan of Action, including:
      • Partnership Agreements for the EST Initiative
      • Products/Events/Activities
        • Strengthen the technology “system” (includes transfer, procurement, tendering, uptake, integrity)
        • Examine innovative financing
        • Outline methods and tools for assessment, evaluation and verification
        • Develop criteria, guidelines and best practices, Identify case studies both from and relevant to developing countries
      • Development of performance indicators for the Initiative itself
  • Dissemination of experience gained in demonstration projects
  • Strengthening institutional arrangements
  • Funding (EU, World Bank, GEF, others)
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Next Steps (1)
  • Establish an agreement amongst the participating organizations on how to assess technologies in a transparent manner.
  • Agree on an action plan and process that could lead to the establishment of a standard for assessing ESTs. This could involve positioning the initiative to eventually go forward as an ISO standard.
  • Work together and with other organizations to define a meaningful set of environmental indicators and performance criteria relevant to the adoption and use of ESTs.
next steps 2
Next Steps (2)
  • Continue to augment mechanisms and approaches for the provision, acquisition and dissemination of information on ESTs.
  • Identify and compile case studies to more clearly communicate the importance of ESTs.
  • Prepare a series of co-branded products and fact sheets on selected topics.
next steps 3
Next Steps (3)
  • Target decision-makers within local authorities, as well as banks, insurers and other financial institutions.
  • Link to key events and promote the EST Initiative in a strategic manner.
  • Measure success by establishing an appropriate mechanism for monitoring and evaluating progress.
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Next Steps (3)

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