Dr. Sandra Piesik

Dr Sandra Piesik is an award-winning architect, author and researcher specialising in the implementation of global sustainable legislation, nature-based solutions and traditional knowledge adaptation. She is the founder of 3 ideas B.V. Amsterdam based consultancy, a Visiting Professor at the UCL Global Institute for Prosperity, former Policy Support Consultant on Rural – Urban Dynamics to UNCCD and a contributor to the UN-HABITAT “Urban-Rural Linkages: Guiding Principles and Framework for Action to Advance Integrated Territorial Development”.

Dr Piesik is a stakeholder and network member of several UN organisations including UNFCCC: The Resilience Frontiers, the Nairobi Work Programme (NWP), the Paris Committee on Capacity Building (PCCB) and Climate and Technology Centre & Network (CTCN).

Her published work includes Arish: Palm-Leaf Architecture (published by: Thames & Hudson in 2012), she is also the general editor of the encyclopaedia, HABITAT: Vernacular Architecture for a Changing Planet (published by: Thames & Hudson, Abrams Books, Flammarion, Editions Detail and Blume in 2017).  


Dr. Kusum Lata

Kusum Lata is a professional in the field of climate change working on policies, strategies, capacity building. Presently, she is a well-known expert on economic diversification and just transition of the workforce while she leads the support to international negotiations on the impact of the mitigation policies. She has written technical papers for international negotiations, research papers in reputed journals and chapters in books in the area of her progressive career. She spent the first fifteen years of her career working in India on developing technology for bio-methanation (waste to energy) and biomass gasification and shares two patents through her research.  She completed her doctorate in the field of waste to energy and published many research papers in reputed journals for her doctoral degree research work. Later, she also established herself as qualified technical lead assessor and undertook more than fifty audits in the duration of five years with UNFCCC for accrediting organizations for validating and verifying carbon emission reduction projects. She enjoys working on projects which directly impact the life of people especially in developing countries, which inspired her to work over six months in Togo, Africa to support development and implementation of projects like efficient cook stoves, waste management etc.


Mr. Christoph Schwarte

Christoph Schwarte is a qualified German lawyer with over 20 years of practical experience in different arenas of international environmental law. He is the executive director of Legal Response International (LRI) - a London based charity that provides free legal support to developing countries and civil society observer organisations in connection with the international climate negotiations. Christoph was a member of the International Law Association’s Committee that developed legal principles related to climate change (adopted in 2014) and has been actively involved in the international climate negotiation for many years. He has co-authored a guide book on the Paris Agreement and regularly advises on climate law. Previously, Christoph served with the International Tribunal for the Law of the Sea (ITLOS) as an Associate Officer (P-2) and worked at the Foundation for International Environmental Law and Development (FIELD).


Dr. Moustapha Kamal Gueyeata

Dr Moustapha Kamal Gueye is Coordinator, Green Jobs Programme, at the International Labour Organization. Previously, he served as Head, Green Economy Advisory Services at the United Nations Environment Programme and as a Senior Programme Manager at the International Centre for Trade and Sustainable Development in Geneva. Earlier, he spent twelve years across Asia working at the Institute for Global Environmental Strategies in Japan. He currently serves in the Steering Group of the Green Economy Coalition and the Advisory Committee of GEO for Business. Kamal holds a Ph.D. from Nagoya University, Japan; DEA and LL.M from Dakar University; and Executive Certificates from the World Bank Institute; Columbia University; Foundation for Advanced Studies on International Development, Japan; and Integrated Research and Action for Development, India.

Capacity Building Workshop on Coastal Waste Management

September 30th, 2021
10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. IST

Virtual Event

Capacity Building Workshop on Coastal Waste Management

September 30th, 2021
10.00 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. IST

Virtual Event


Coastal and marine ecosystems in today’s world are severely affected by growing urbanization, industrialization, and infrastructure development in coastal areas. More than three billion people in the world rely on those marine resources for their livelihoods, a vast majority of them from developing countries (OECD, 2020). Increases in population and industrialization have resulted in the generation of huge quantities of waste. In total, the world generates around 2 billion tons of solid waste annually, at least 33% of which are not properly managed in an environmentally safe manner. Due to improper waste management and various human activities, approximately 8 million tons of plastic waste are added to the oceans each year (UNEP, 2017).

Sri Lanka has a coastline of about 1,340 km which contains lagoons, rivers, bays, estuaries, mangroves, beaches, coral reefs, and many other important habitats (Arachchige et al., 2017). About 56.7% of the country’s population lives in coastal districts, and the coastal zone has seen large-scale development and urbanization over the past few decades (Department of Census and Statistics of Sri Lanka, 2012). Therefore, a steady increase in waste generation together with limited management capacities and associated adverse impacts has been observed in urban areas. For Sri Lanka, available information indicates that the total amount of solid waste generated is about 9,000 tons per day (0.40 kg per day per capita). Poorly managed inland solid waste, organic and non-organic waste from fishery harbors and aquaculture activities, sewage discharge, urban stormwater runoff, and toxic and hazardous chemicals in industrial or hospital waste and effluents are identified as major sources of pollution in Sri Lanka's coastal zone.

Youth as future change-makers of a society can play a major role in ensuring clean and thriving coastal ecosystems. However, identifying the current need in managing the waste in coastal ecosystems and building youth capacities on proper waste management practices is vital.

This capacity-building programme is organized under SLYCAN Trust’s Blue-Green Protectors Programme and the project ‘Addressing Climate Change and Uplifting Marginalized Coastal Communities through Mangrove Restoration,’ which is supported by Mitsubishi Corporation. The event focuses on building capacities on holistic approaches of waste management in coastal areas, sustainable methods of coastal waste management, and generation of livelihood opportunities through sustainable waste management.


  • Enhancing the understanding of youth on holistic waste management approaches and identifying knowledge gaps.

  • Building capacities of youth on sustainable waste management practices.

  • Building awareness on livelihood opportunities related to mangrove ecosystems, including those linked to waste management and ecotourism.

  • Identifying opportunities for youth engagement in the conservation and restoration of mangrove ecosystems in Sri Lanka.

  • Just transition in the energy sector
    - Key elements to ensure just transition in the energy sector
    - Gaps and challenges faced in integrating aspects and strategies of just transition in the energy sector
    - Institutional structures and role of actors in achieving just transition in the energy sector
    - Entry points and opportunities for integrating just transition into climate policy initiatives and actions
    - Success stories, best practices, and experience sharing on initiatives

  • Ensuring just transition in the food sector
    - Key elements of just transition and their relation to global and local food systems
    - Gaps and challenges faced in integrating aspects and strategies of just transition in the food sector
    - Institutional structures and role of actors in achieving just transition in the food sector
    - Entry points and opportunities for integrating just transition into climate policy initiatives and actions
    - Success stories, best practices, and experience sharing on initiatives

  • Gender, inclusion, social protection, and cross-cutting aspects related to just transition
    - Key cross-cutting aspects related to just transition
    - Interlinks for integration of just transition with climate action and into different climate policy and action processes
    - Impacts of COVID-19 and the role of recovery actions in contributing toward just transition
    - Success stories, best practices, and experience sharing on initiatives


Welcome & Introduction

05.30 pm - 06.00 pm IST

Ms Thimali Dharmakeerthi

Assistant Manager - Programme and Finance



10.05 am - 10.10 am IST


10.10 am - 11.00 am IST

Dr. Thusitha Sugathapala

 Senior Consultant - Climate Change & Sustainable Development


Mr. Damitha Samarakoon

Director Programme and Finance



Ms. Thilini Gunathilake

Research & Program Officer


Breakout Group Discussion

10.55 am – 11.45 m IST

  • Q1: What are the sources that contribute to coastal waste/pollution in Sri Lanka?
  • Q2 : What are the challenges you see in managing coastal waste in Sri Lanka and how to address them?
  • Q3 : How can youth take part in waste management and mangrove conservation?
  • Q4 : What are other livelihood opportunities related to waste management and mangroves which youth can be a part of?

Report Back and Closing Remarks

1.45 am - 12.00 pm IST

Information Note