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Appropriate waste management technologies

Ho, G.ORCID: 0000-0001-9190-8812 (1998) Appropriate waste management technologies. In: Koffel, P., Lowe, B., Ho, G., Newman, P., Tjaturono, and Sedyowati, L., (eds.) Environmental technology : applications in principle and practice : proceedings of an International Symposium held at Merdeka University, Malang, Indonesia, July 1-3 1996. Murdoch University, Perth, Western Australia, pp. 33-35.

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When the subject of 'Appropriate Waste Management Technologies' is discussed, the question of the meaning of the word 'appropriate' is usually raised. Many have suggested what the term should encompass, from a very narrow definition to the most comprehensive it can have.

At Murdoch University Dr Kelvin Willoughby researched the subject for his PhD thesis, and published a book based on it. He detailed in particular the appropriate technology movement that emerged in the sixties and seventies. The movement was a response to the unsatisfactory situation when capital intensive high technology systems from developed countries were applied in developing countries. The technologies required high maintenance costs and expertise which might not be available in the latter.

More recently Martin Anda explored in his Ph 0 thesis how technology should be transferred to indigenous people of Australia. His research is based on his experience and also on observation of the work of Dr Bruce Walker, Director of the Centre for Appropriate Technology and others in Australia, and work amongst indigenous people in North America. In these cases cultural differences have meant that the technology transfer process must take into account the cultural differences.

At this Symposium Dr Don Mansell, Director of the International Development Unit at the University of Melbourne, will present a paper based on his experience of technology transfer to Papua New Guinea and the Asia Pacific region.

I would like to explore in this paper what meaning the word 'appropriate' should have when associated with waste management technologies.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Environmental Science
Publisher: Murdoch University
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