At A Glance
Asia is the world’s most rapidly urbanizing region. Roughly half the region’s population live in cities, accounting for around one-third of the global urban population. Rapid urbanization is both a boon and a bane－bringing more opportunities for people, but at the same time amplifying environmental risks such as climate change, pollution and waste. This underscores the urgent need for cities to shift to ensure a transformation in urban development－one that is both equitable and sustainable.
Resource and waste management is a primary concern for current and future leaders. By shifting perspective－from end-of-pipe waste disposal approaches to front-end waste reduction and resource management strategies－city leaders can pave the way to create sustainable circular cities.
At the heart of the Circular City is Zero Waste
Zero Waste is an approach to the use of our resources which ensures resource efficiency, resource recovery, and protection of scarce natural resources. In a Circular City, we manage waste and resources in smart and efficient ways－maintaining the value of resources, products and materials for as long as possible, to reduce and eliminate the amount of waste produced. This approach eases pressure on the environment, ushers in new business models and innovative design, and creates new alliances and cooperation among city stakeholders.
Taking the Road to Zero Waste in Indonesia
In 2017, Indonesia committed to significantly reduce marine plastic waste, and has pledged an investment of USD 1 billion dollars annually to decrease pollution by 70% in eight years. The Zero Waste approach is the fastest, most efficient and sustainable way for Indonesia to pursue this commitment.
Zero Waste puts people at the forefront; it is good for the economy, good for livelihoods, good for public health, and good for the environment and climate. Above all, it is possible and practical. Many major cities from all over the world have already committed to go Zero Waste－and cities in Asia are not far behind!
This conference is meant to be a learning, sharing and collaborating venue that aims to enable cities to pursue and accelerate the global transition to Zero Waste. City and community leaders from Zero Waste cities, municipalities and villages in Indonesia, India, Philippines, USA and Europe will showcase how their communities reduced landfill- and incinerator- bound waste through at-source waste segregation, composting and anaerobic digestion. It will also feature ongoing Zero Waste efforts in the country, particularly in Bandung, Cimahi and Soreang.
Crossed by the equator, located between the Asian and Australian continents and between the Pacific and Indian Oceans, Indonesia has many magnificent islands waiting to be explored.
Bandung City is the capital of West Java Province. Located at an altitude of 768 meters (2,520 feet) and surrounded by lush and beautiful mountains, the city’s climate is mild and enjoyable. Bandung is famous for its universities, clothing and cuisine. Nowadays, Bandung has become a very popular weekend destination for the people of Jakarta. City crowds will be felt on weekends and public holidays.
Patrons and Partners
Non Government Organization (NGO)
BaliFokus | Indonesia
A non-governmental organization working to improve community’s capacity and quality of life and advocating a toxics-free environment together with all stakeholders in sustainable way.
Citizen consumer and civic Action Group (CAG) | India
A non-profit, non-political, non-religious, voluntary, and professional citizens group engaged in city governance, consumer protection, environment protection, slums and informant settlements, solid waste management, sustainable transportation, water, sanitation, and drainage.
EcoWaste Coalition | Philippines
A public interest network of community, church, school, environmental, and health groups pursuing sustainable solutions to waste, climate change and chemical issues facing the Philippines and the world.
Consumers Association of Penang (CAP) | Malaysia
A grassroots non-profit, non-governmental organization registered as a society with the Registrar of Societies, Malaysia since 1970. Through the years, the scope of CAP’s concerns has expanded from matters of daily living such as product price and quality to more complex problems of meeting basic human needs, saving the environment from further deterioration, safeguarding human health, advocating for food security and sustainable livelihoods. Their work on this project is focused on support for zero waste model development in 8 schools and with four community groups, including high rise buildings and community centers.
Greeneration Foundation | Indonesia
Apart of Greeneration Indonesia, it exist as a platform of trusted information, communication, and technology (ICT), and stakeholder collaboration to actualize the principle of sustainable consumption and production (SCP).
Health Care Without Harm | USA
A coalition comprised of hospitals and health care systems; medical professionals; community groups; health-affected constituencies; labor unions; environmental and environmental health organizations; and religious groups working to transform healthcare worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.
Mother Earth Foundation (MEF) | Phillipines
A non-stock, non-profit organization actively engaged in addressing waste and toxic pollution, climate change, and other health and environmental justice issues. It is best known for its advocacy of Zero Waste through the systematic reduction and proper management of waste.
Perkumpulan YPBB | Indonesia
A non-profit organization committed to helping people achieve a sustainable quality of life for present and future generations, through harmonious and organic lifestyles.
Stree Mukti Sanghatana (SMS) | India
Founded in 1975 for the upliftment of the urban poor, especially women. Since its inception, SMS has worked towards providing employment and raising awareness regarding issues related to women and zero waste (in collaboration with women waste pickers). SMS’s project area will comprise the Bandra Reclamation region of the H-West Ward in Mumbai and involve around 70 institutions – residential, educational, and commercial – in the area.
Thanal | India
A group of nature enthusiasts whose aim is to raise environmental awareness through studies on natural history and bringing environmental education to schools and colleges. They run the Zero Waste Centre at Kovlam, a regional hub for training communities on Zero Waste management and facilitate some very successful Zero Waste initiatives, the most satisfying of this being the Zero Waste Himalayas, involving two countries and six Indian states. They also work to change the toxic side of farming to a healthy one with the help of social enterprises such as the Organic Bazaar and the Agro-Ecology Centre.