ISWA’s declared mission is:
To Promote and Develop Sustainable and Professional Waste Management Worldwide
ISWA achieves its mission through:
- Promoting resource efficiency through sustainable production and consumption
- Support to developing and emerging economies
- Advancement of waste management through education and training
- Promoting appropriate and best available technologies and practices
- Professionalism through its programme on professional qualifications.
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ISWA: Working for a better world
ISWA’s vision is an Earth where no waste exists. Waste should be reused and reduced to a minimum, then collected, recycled and treated properly. Residual matter should be disposed of in a safely engineered way, ensuring a clean and healthy environment. All people on earth should have the right to enjoy an environment with clean air, water, seas and soils. To be able to achieve this, we need to work together.
Objectives and Implementation
ISWA works to protect human health and the environment as well as to ensure sustainable resource management and provides the following scientific, economic and social instruments:
- International network, to share knowledge and experience in sustainable waste management and climate change mitigation
- Expert working groups to advance knowledge and expertise
- All kinds of professional events for the dissemination of information
- Education and training courses tailored to the trainees needs including a qualification and certification programme
- Professional publications including high quality research journals and magazines, up to date studies and developments from all over the world
- Cooperation with all stakeholders in waste management, particularly the National Members of ISWA as well as with International Organisations and Institutions
- Projects in developing economies to establish sustainable waste management practices
- Raising the level of international awareness of the global waste emergency and finding funding instruments to combat this especially in developing economies
- Ensuring international fora recognise the importance of good waste management for health, economic, social and overall environmental progress towards a more sustainable society
To see an overview of ISWA’s current cooperation with International Organisations click here.
The relations between the different bodies of ISWA and their establishment, competences and responsibilities are laid down in the Statutes and the Internal Regulations of the association. Changes to the Statutes and Internal Regulations require approval by the General Assembly, two third majority and simple majority respectively.
The ISWA Board
The Board is elected by the General Assembly and is responsible for all policies, finances, and operations of ISWA. The Board usually meets 4 to 5 times a year. Within the authorities assigned to it by the General Assembly, the Statutes and the Internal Regulations, the Board assures that the mission of ISWA is met. In addition to that the Board supports and supervises the activities and projects of the ISWA General Secretariat.
The ISWA Board Members 2013/2014:
Helmut Stadler, Austria
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Edmund Fleck, Germany
Amiya Kumar Sahu, India
Scientific and Technical Committee
The Scientific and Technical Committee (STC) is governed by its Chair and the current Chairs of the ISWA Working Groups. The STC represents ISWA’s technical expertise and coordinates the activities of the Working Groups. Members meet 2-3 times a year, often in connection with the Board meetings. The Chair of the STC is also a member of the ISWA Board.
Ad Hoc Task Forces are established by ISWA to handle special new challenges identified by the Board which require expert and concentrated attention. The Task Forces provide a means for ISWA to obtain specialised information on current key issues and to assist ISWA in policy and programme determination. Task Forces are therefore established for a specific purpose and assignment, and only exist for a predetermined length of time.
The purpose of the ISWA Working Groups is to serve as the principal means for ISWA to deliver its technical and scientific programmes. As such, the Board, General Assembly and ISWA Members look to the Working Groups for technical information and assistance, basic and applied research, professional meetings, and the development and dissemination of information about solid waste management. Currently there are ten Working Groups focusing on different areas of solid waste management.