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1st Asia-Pacific Roundtable on Cleaner Production



This is a PRELIMINARY announcement.  Interested parties should contact Dr.
Yuwaree In-na, Thailand Pollution Control Department, at
yuwaree.i@pcd.go.th, for more information.  PLEASE FORWARD THIS TO OTHER
LISTS OR INDIVIDUALS THAT YOU THINK MIGHT BE INTERESTED.

COMPANIES INTERESTED IN CLEANER PRODUCTION IN ASIA PACIFIC are especially
encouraged to participate.  Anyone who represents a company that wants to
see cleaner production promoted in its Asia-Pacific operations or suppliers
is invited to contact me directly at HAMNGHEE@MOZCOM.COM.  We very much want
this meeting to have as much industry participation as possible.  

PRELIMINARY ANNOUNCEMENT 

THE FIRST ASIA-PACIFIC ROUNDTABLE ON CLEANER PRODUCTION

“Promoting Cleaner Production Implementation”

November 12-14, 1997  	
Queen Sirikit Convention Center, Bangkok, Thailand 

Industrial pollution is rapidly increasing in the Asia-Pacific and
governments are increasing their efforts to control it.  Command-and-control
regulation are in place in most countries, but implementation difficulties
are evident.  New approaches are needed to promote both environmental
protection and economic development.

Cleaner production (CP) is recognized as the complementary strategy to
pollution control for protecting the environment from industrial pollution.
CP can often reduce the costs of pollution controls while increasing
production efficiency and product quality.  CP has been proven to be an
effective strategy in countries throughout the world.

Most of the countries in Asia-Pacific now have CP programs.  The time has
come for a regional discussion of how these programs can work together
better to promote CP implementation.  Regional cooperation can improve
knowledge about effective strategies and increase consensus that
environmental protection can be achieved with economic development.


 The Roundtable Concept

Roundtable meetings are designed to give members of the CP community an
opportunity to hold informal discussions about topics of mutual interest.
Papers are invited to stimulate discussion, but the focus is on equal
participation and sharing by all.  The objectives of Roundtable meetings are
learning and developing consensus on CP strategies, especially for regional
cooperation and promotion of CP implementation.

The concept of a CP roundtable was introduced in the United States almost
ten years ago by state and local pollution prevention programs that wanted
to share experiences.  Their efforts have evolved into the National
Pollution Prevention Roundtable, which represents national, state and local
pollution prevention and cleaner production programs and which conducts work
groups and an annual meeting.

Four years ago, the European Cleaner Production Roundtable was started on
the model of the US roundtable, and now holds annual meetings for
representatives of the many CP programs in Europe.  An Asia-Pacific CP
Roundtable is now being started to further promote global cooperation on CP.

All members of the CP community are invited to participate: CP program
staff, educators, stu-dents, business people, and organizations which have a
strong interest in seeing CP implementa-tion increase.  However,
PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED in number so group discussions can remain
manageable and effective.


 Roundtable Discussion Themes

The basic method of the Roundtable is informal discussion around key themes.
For each session, a speaker presents a short paper describing the status of
the topic in Asia-Pacific and the world.  These papers are expected to be
short but highly professional overviews of the key themes.  Then a trained
facilitator will moderate discussion of the topic by all participants.
Reporters will take notes and help the facilitators make presentations to
the entire Roundtable at the conclusion of dis-cussion sessions. 

The six themes selected for this first Roundtable are:
Cleaner Technology
Human Resource Development
Finance and Investment
Policy and Regulation
International Trade
General

Sample questions for discussion groups may include:
· “How should we create CP awareness in specific audiences?”
· “How should we integrate CP into industrial planning?”
· “What are the roles of information systems in promoting CP?”
· “How can we overcome obstacles to CP implementation?”

Each discussion session will have a common question:  
“How can this element of CP be promoted through regional cooperation in the
Asia-Pacific?”


 SIDE ATTRACTIONS

There will be several activities and attractions conducted parallel with the
Roundtable:

Opening Plenary Sessions by experts to present the state of CP in various
areas and to pose challenges for the Roundtable participants

Closing Plenary Sessions to present the conclusions of Roundtable discussion
groups to all Roundtable participants.

Basic CP training sessions, half-day in length, repeated regularly for the 3
days of the conference, to give less experienced individuals an good
understanding of CP basics.

EXPO of CP programs, projects, and software.  Poster presentations and
tables are invited from all CP programs to inform others about their
activities.  Computer stations will run CP software programs, and shareware
programs may be copied by participants.

CP Movie Theatre.  CP videos will be presented regularly throughout the
conference.

Press Room.  A special room will be provided for the media where interviews
can be conducted and stories developed.

Internet CP Training.  Special training sessions will be held about how to
use the Internet for CP research and cooperation, including live
demonstrations and hands-on practice. 

 IN COOPERATION WITH 
POLLUTION CONTROL ‘97

The Asia-Pacific Cleaner Production Rountable will be held at the same time
and venue as Pollution Control ‘97, Thailand’s leading annual conference and
technical exhibition on pollution control.  Between 1500 and 2000
participants are expected, as well as more than 5000 people who will visit
the exhibition.

The PC ‘97 Conference is inviting distinguished speakers from around the
world to present papers on leading topics in pollution control AND cleaner
production and waste minimization.  Participants in the Roundtable can learn
about pollution control technologies as well as new technologies useful for
cleaner production, such as waste stream separations technologies.

The PC ‘97 Exhibition provides manufacturers and consultants in pollution
control and in cleaner production with the opportunity to exhibit their
products and services to a wide audience of government and environmental
professionals, industry buyers, the public and the media.

The interaction of the Rountable and PC ‘97 will enhance both events.
Roundtable participants can present papers at PC ‘97, and the Basic CP
Training sessions (open to everybody) will help the pollution control
industry and polluting companies to understand how CP is complementary to
control.  PC ‘97 will demonstrate technologies useful for CP and emphasize
to industry how important it is to implement CP BEFORE implementing
expensive pollution control systems.


 HOW TO PARTICIPATE

The First Asia-Pacific Roundtable on Cleaner Production will held November
12-14 at the Queen Sirikit National Convention Center in Bangkok, Thailand.
Interested parties should contact the organizers as soon as possible.
PARTICIPATION IS LIMITED to not more than 250 persons in order to ensure
that discus-sion meetings are small enough for everyone to participate equally.

Roundtable and PC ‘97 Organizer:
Thailand Pollution Control Department
Contact:  Dr. Yuwaree In-na
Phaholyothin Center, Bldg. 3, 6-8
404 Phaholyothin Road, Phayathai
Bangkok 10400, THAILAND
Tel:  662 619 2215
Fax:  662 619 2216
Email:  yuwaree.i@pcd.go.th

INVITED PAPERS
The Roundtable organizers are inviting experts to present on the five
specific themes of the confer-ence.  Papers will provide a status report on
a key topic regarding CP in the Asia-Pacific and pro-vide a basis for group
discussion.  Authors will be also be encouraged to prepare their papers for
submission to the Journal of Cleaner Production.  Suggestions for experts to
invite are requested; please contact the organizers.

CALL FOR CP PROJECT INFORMATION
All organized CP programs in Asia-Pacific are asked to submit a brief
description of their program to the organizers for inclusion in the first
directory of CP in the Asia-Pacific.  Please include full contact
information and a brief description of activities.