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Global Anti-Incinerator Alliance (GAIA)

GAIA is an expanding international alliance of individuals, non-governmental organization, community-based organizations, academics and others working to end the incineration of all forms of waste and to promote sustainable waste prevention and discard management practices.
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Unit 320 Eagle Court Condominium, 26 Matalino St.,
Quezon City , 1101
Contact Person: Gigie Cruz
Phone: 632 929 03 76
Fax: 632 436 4733
E-Mail: gigie.gaia@no-burn.org
Website: http://www.no-burn.org

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Since GAIA members are committed both to ending incineration and to promoting alternative safe, economical and just discard management systems, the name GAIA represents both a Global Anti-Incinerator Alliance and a Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives.

GAIA is the culmination of a series of gatherings about incineration and alternatives held around the world in recent years. The Global Alliance was initially conceived by participants from Africa, Asia, North and South America and the Middle East at an International Clean Production Training at the Lowell Center for Sustainable Production in June 2000. Two months later, a number of the Lowell participants joined a larger group of civil society representatives in Bangkok to launch Waste Not Asia, a platform linking incineration to broader issues of material policy and citizen participation in governance. In December 2000, over 75 individuals from 23 countries met in South Africa to develop GAIA's initial structure and goals.

GAIA members work both through regional networks and through issue workgroups which provide the opportunity to transcend national and regional borders to collaborate with others around the world. The initial three GAIA workgroups are focused on specific waste streams: Municipal Discards/Zero Waste, Hazardous Waste, and Medical Waste (GAIA's medical waste work is implemented in conjunction with Health Care Without Harm). Each workgroup undertakes projects to prevent incineration and to promote alternatives. In addition, GAIA has identified its first global campaign goal to stop the World Bank from funding incinerators around the world and to support local communities targeted by the Bank for incineration to instead promote alternatives.

GAIA is co-coordinated by a Northern and Southern coordinator and an international Steering Committee.

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