In collaboration with its partners for the PROmoting Sustainable Practices on Environment and Resource optimization (PROSPER) in Sri Lanka project, Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) led the training of trainer workshop at the Plastic and Rubber Institute, Rajagiriya, Sri Lanka last May 23 to 25, 2012.
PROSPER Sri Lanka is a project co-financed by DEG and UL DQS and implemented by UL DQS, ASSIST, and NCPC, Sri Lanka that will run for 18 months. The project aims to raise overall awareness on the need and means to implement Resource Efficient and Clean Production (RECP) methodologies and strategize transfer of knowledge through a series of trainings and capacity building initiatives. The skill building training courses will target SMEs from manufacturing, textile and apparel, and food and agro-processing sectors. The project will also help 10 companies with direct assistance for implementation of RECP.
Thirty (30) participants from the chemical, textile, and service industries, participated at the three-day training, which was also graced by US Agency for International Development (USAID) Project Management Specialist Priyanka Dissanayake and Sri Lanka Central Environment Authority Deputy Director Sarojini Jayasekera.
Project implementers were represented by ASSIST Projects and Grants Management Director Sathappan Sathappan and the Sri Lanka National Cleaner Production (NCPC) team led by Director Mr. Sena Peiris and Deputy Director Mr. Samantha Kumarasena.
Featuring lectures, group activities and interactive discussions, the workshop introduced the project and the concept of RECP among the key stakeholders from various industries. Select companies from this pool will be chosen for the pilot implementation of RECP in their organizations.
Thematic sessions on Water, Energy, and Chemicals were conducted by Dissanayake, Cleaner Production consultant Nimal Perera and Jayasekera, respectively. At the end of the workshop, an open forum was conducted to solicit inputs from the representatives on the strengths and opportunities of harmonizing initiatives towards achieving RECP.
Other events planned for the project include the conduct of 5 other ToTs, pilot implementation of the developed training curricula, and the development and distribution of an e-toolkit among the SMEs. #