Forums across institutions on prevention of environmental burdens
in selected areas of need
By Dr. Norbert Kopytziok
Excerpt from: Kopytziok, Norbert: Waste and sustainable
development - Global aspects for regional environmental planning
on the basis of material stream related processing observations.
(Abfall und nachhaltige Entwicklung. Globale Aspekte für die
regionale Umweltplanung auf der Grundlage stoffstrombezogener Prozessbeobachtungen.) Rhombos-Publ., Berlin 2000
the closing document of the world environment conference in Rio de Janeiro
1992, it was established in the Agenda 21 that an ecological waste
disposal must take precedence over simple waste disposal or removal.
Modern waste management should attempt to change environmentally burdensome
production and consumption patterns in order to attack the problem at
This goal is being pursued within the framework of an ecologically
oriented waste management. In the forground of this is the expectation
that the prevention of waste will reduce environmental burdens along the
entire line of production. This material stream related approach requires
cooperation across several fields between various institutions and other
participants. It then offers the best opportunities for an effective, preventive
environmental relief to impartially achieve its goal.