ASSIST Cleaner Production Project PROSPER Sri Lanka graduates new batch of trainers

3 10 2012

PROmoting Sustainable Practices on Environment and Resource optimization (PROSPER) in Sri Lanka held another batch of training of trainer (ToT) workshop on cleaner production in Colombo, Sri Lanka last September 11 to 13, 2012.

Co-financed by DEG and UL DQS and implemented by UL DQS, Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST), and Sri Lanka NCPC, PROSPER Sri Lanka hopes 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 three-day training was led by Sri Lanka NCPC Deputy Director Samantha Kumarasena, and Director Sena Peiris, and was attended by members of the chemical, textile, and service industries.

Following the event, the project team is set of conduct two more ToTs, implement the training curricula, and distribute an e-toolkit among the SMEs.

ASSIST Project and Grants Management Director Sathappan Sathappan and PGM Associate Kruti Shah helped launch the activity.

ASSIST is an international non-profit organization focused on capacity-building. It seeks to promote sustainable practices to address social problems in the developing world, with focus on Asia and Africa. It takes pride in its process-oriented approach to capacity building towards social improvement and sustainable transformation. Its goal is to empower its target groups to make them resilient to the social, economic, and environmental challenges.

Advertisements




ASSIST leads Cleaner Production ToT for PROSPER Sri Lanka

18 06 2012

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.

Image

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.

 Image

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. #





Top execs gather for PROSPER Sri Lanka project

9 02 2012

 

Top executives of industries in Sri Lanka convened for the PROmoting Sustainable Practices on Environment and Resource optimization (PROSPER) in Sri Lanka Project last January 30 at the Hilton Colombo Residence.

Co-financed by DEG and DQS UL and implemented by the Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST), DQS UL and Sri Lanka NCPC, PROSPER Sri Lanka aims to raise overall awareness on the need and means to implement Resource Efficient and Clean Production (RECP) methodologies and facilitate the transfer of knowledge through a series of training and capacity building initiatives.

The skill building training courses will target SMEs from manufacturing, textile and apparel, food and agro-processing sectors. The project will also help 10 companies with direct assistance for implementation of RECP.

The event was attended by DQS UL Managing Director Dr. K. Murugan, DQS UL AVP for Sales Amit A Tiwari. ASSIST was represented by Project and Grants Management Director Sathappan Sathappan and project coordinator Kruti Shah. Meanwhile, the Sri Lanka National Cleaner Production (NCPC) team was led by Director Mr. Sena Peiris and Deputy Director Mr. Samantha Kumarasena.

DQS UL’s Dr. K. Murugan gave an insight on the companies’ profiles, while Mr. Tiwari provided an introduction to the services offered by their organization. ASSIST’s Sathappan, on the other hand, discussed the organization’s profile, then the background and objectives of the 18-month project. He also tackled the concept of Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) as a sound framework for businesses to adopt.

Various sectors represented at the forum include the chemicals industry, textile and services industry. They participated in an interactive discussion conducted to solicit inputs from the company representatives on the opportunities available under the framework.

Following the CEO Forum, the project implementers will also hold roundtable discussions, train-the-trainer workshops, and pilot implementation of the training curricula. #





ASSIST joins UNEP Chemical Safety Management Workshop in Kenya

15 11 2011

Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST) PGM Director Sathappan Sathappan participated in the African Regional Workshop on Chemical Safety Management conducted by the UN Environmental Programme (UNEP) and the International Council of Chemical Associations (ICCA) in Nairobi, Kenya last October 21 to 22, 2011.

The workshop seeks to enhance the promotion and adoption of Responsible Production among SMEs in African region through technical sessions, experience sharing, best practices exchange and open discussions.

ASSIST was invited to present and explain the features of Responsible Production toolkit, which it developed for UNEP. Aside from creating the RP toolkit, ASSIST also developed the PRE-SME (Promoting Resource Efficiency for Small and Medium Enterprises in Developing Countries) tool hosted on the UNEP website.

Among the attendees in the workshop were National Cleaner Production Centers and Resource Efficient and Cleaner Production (RECP) service providers from African region along with UNEP/UNIDO, ICCA , NGOs, Private sector companies like BASF, Dow chemicals company and Evonik Industries.#