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					UNEP/IETC EST Initiative
Proposed Cooperation Framework

        4 December 2003
           Otsu, Japan



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Needs…
   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

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UNEP/IETC EST Initiative -
Key Sectors
                                             Energy




                        Technology                          Technology
                        Transfer &                         Development &
                      Capacity Building                    Demonstration




                                          EST Initiative
       Construction                                                        Waste




                         Technical                          Technology
                       Assistance &                        Assessment &
                      Decision Support                      Evaluation
                             &




                                              Water




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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




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        Scope

   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.
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       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.




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      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)


  Discussion and Actions!




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