Waste management in Africa remains a fundamental issue, Nigeria inclusive. The challenges range from weak policy framework and legislation, inadequate funding, not enough facilities for waste disposal and human resources, unsuitable and poor technologies and unenlightened public.[message type=”info”]
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The result is that most countries in Sub-Saharan Africa are falling below in basic sanitation rather than rising. In Nigeria only 29% of the population has access to basic sanitation. About 25% still practice open defecation and the continued dumping of waste on land has created contaminated land threatening agriculture and food security.
It is estimated that 68,000 children under the age of 5 in Nigeria die from diseases caused by the nation’s poor levels of access to water, sanitation and hygiene (Water aid Nigeria, 2016).
In contributing to research driven solutions to these challenges, the International Centre for Energy and Environmental Sustainability Research (ICEESR), University of Uyo in collaboration with International Environmental Research Centre (IERC), Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea and Lancaster Environment Centre (LEC), Lancaster University, United Kingdom is jointly organizing a workshop with the theme “Waste Management and Land Contamination” to be held in the city of Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, Nigeria from Monday 13th to Thursday 16th June, 2016.
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- Arrival – Monday 13th June
- Workshop – Tuesday (14th) & Wednesday (15th) June
- Departure – Thursday (16th) June
Le Meridien Ibom Hotel & Golf Resort
Sessions and Sub-themes
The workshop will have four research sessions which will address the under-listed sub-themes:
Session 1: Innovations in Assessing and Managing Waste
- Advances in waste characterization, resource recovery and utilization
- Future-proofing waste management through integrated waste management plans
- Alternative waste solutions: cornerstone of sustainable societies and cities
Session 2: Innovations in assessing and managing contaminated land
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- Monitoring and risk assessment of contaminated lands
- Mineral exploitation, management and improving quality of natural resources
- Advances in land remediation technologies
Session 3: Agriculture and food security
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- Monitoring and risk assessments of environmental pollutants in foods
- Agrochemicals and food safety
- Agricultural waste management and utilization
Session 4: Policy and Legislation
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- Challenges in implementation of waste and contaminated land legislation
- Managing the legal risks of contaminated Lands
- Opportunities and Reforms in Policies and Legislations to Protect Public Health
This workshop will be geared towards fostering local and international collaborations as well as nurturing early career scientists to be tomorrow’s leaders in various fields of environmental sciences.
It will bring together researchers in open dialogue with policy makers from government as well as strengthening industry participation towards developing holistic solutions.
Interested participants are encouraged to submit extended abstracts of not more than 2000 words (max 3 pages including figures and tables; Times New roman 12; Spacing 1.5, APA referencing style) by May 20, 2016
Authors of selected abstracts shall be contacted and registration is free for paper presenters. Non-presenters will have to pay an onsite registration fee of N30,000 only.
This workshop is supported by United Nations office for South-South Co-operation, South Korea
- Dr. Edu Inam (University of Uyo, Uyo, Akwa Ibom State Nigeria)
- Dr. Ken Widmer (Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea)
- Dr. Akanimo Odon (Lancaster University, United Kingdom)
For further details visit ICEESR website at www.iceesr.org.ng/workshop2016 Or call Dr. Godwin Ebong on 08069342419; or email;firstname.lastname@example.org
We look forward to welcoming you to Uyo, Akwa Ibom State