The national training on the Best Available Techniques and Best Environmental Practices was held on October 1-2, 2020 at the Conference Hall of Novotel Hotel in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia. The training focused on the topic regarding landfill management.
The training was attended by a total of 52 participants, including waste specialists from 21 provinces and districts of Ulaanbaatar, inspectors from the State Inspection Agency, specialists from the Waste Management and Coordination Division of the Ulaanbaatar Mayor's Office, scientists and some representatives from NGOs. Around 30 participants were women which accounts to 65% of the total attendees.
Slate 1. Group photo of all participants
The training was divided into two parts. The first day of the training was held at the Conference hall of the Novotel Hotel, and the second day was held at the landfill site for ash disposal which was constructed by the UNIDO project at Tsagaandavaa site in Ulaanbaatar. During the conference proper a total of 14 lectures. The main topics were:
· Integrated waste management;
· Toolkit for introducing BAT and BEP in waste management which includes tutorials on waste treatment techniques;
· Waste processing and recycling technologies;
· Landfill types and landfill planning, site selection, technologies, and monitoring; and
· Stockholm convention and the ill-effects of POPs.
Slate 2. Photo of the participants during the lecture series
A pre-test and final test was taken by each participant to assess and gauge the learnings of the participants. There were 13 participants from the 1-3 project workshops who participated in the assessment.
The participants were comprised of experts in charge of waste management and inspectors from the General Agency for Specialized Inspection. As part of the assessment, the participants were asked about the usefulness of the training and their application. In general, the response from the participants noted that the information gathered from the training will assist on the decision-making and planning in the developing provinces and in the waste management in the district level. The information from the training would also aid in the communication among the decision makers such as governors and government agency leaders. Also, the materials such as the handbook and handouts from the training will also be used as a guide for the education of kindergarten and high school students as part of the application and information dissemination about the BAT and BEP.
Slate 3. Photo during the site visit to the landfill
On the second day of the training, it was dedicated for the actual site visit to the Tsagaandavaan disposal site. The site is comprised of the new landfill site for ash disposal and storage maintenance facility which were also sponsored by UNIDO through the ESEA Regional Project.
The purpose of the site visit is to highlight the learnings and for the appreciation of the training from day 1 of the conference. During the field trip, the participants were introduced to the operations and management of the landfill on its actual sense.
Slate 4. Photo during the short introduction to the landfill