The African continent is endowed with both human and natural resources and its civil society is progressively acquiring greater importance and self-awareness. Its political and institutional reforms – though still slow – are the great hope for a change in waste management. However, the weak point in waste management in West Africa is the public authorities. This is primarily due to the lack of operational waste management systems at a municipal level, which results in the region’s countries suffering from persistent waste problems.
IWWA: Integrated waste management in West Africa
“The IWWA project has developed decision-making tools that enable authorities and managers to implement solid waste management systems.
In this scenario, the IWWA project has contributed to improving solid waste management systems in West Africa by fostering suitable management policies at both a national as well as a regional level and involving authorities, legislators and other stakeholders (private sector, NGOs and the local population) in the design of waste management policies under the guidance of African and European experts.
The IWWA project has implemented an effective solid waste management network to analyse the situation of the countries selected – identifying the main obstacles and limitations in any area (technological, social or organisational) – and has compiled the most successful and feasible experiences in place in both European and OECD countries. According to the results obtained, the consortium has provided valuable decision-making tools that allow for the future implementation of possible strategies.
The IWWA project focuses on prevention policies. The actions, materials and strategies developed throughout the project were carried out under the aegis of the Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) concept. Said integrated systems include tasks such as ways to collect, classify and treat waste, and are focused on obtaining a series of environmental benefits, better economic returns and a greater acceptance of these processes by the population.
– Promote technology transfer, experience and good practices in this area.
– Foster the participation and awareness of the general population, as well as stakeholder involvement.
– Gather and analyse the information needed for solid waste management planning and decision-making.
– Encourage the training of environmental specialists, promote social awareness of the environment and achieve the population’s effective participation in solid waste management.
– Widen the legal frameworks for solid waste management in the countries involved.
– Select solid waste management policies and technologies which can be adapted to the regional situations of the countries involved.
– Develop tools that will allow regional and national authorities to implement actions and methodologies adapted to their real situation.
– Identify stakeholders, their strategies, interactions and contributions to an improvement in solid waste management.
– Guide on identifying integrated solid waste management systems which can be adapted to each specific situation of the countries involved.
– Guide on participative processes in solid waste management planning.
– Guide on implementing integrated waste management systems.
– Recommendations on the development of national and regional plans in the countries selected.
Duration: 1 June 2010 – 31 May 2012 (24 months)
Budget: €999,884.35 (EC funding: €999,884.35)