The African continent is endowed with both human and natural resources and its civil society is becoming increasingly relevant and self-aware. His political and institutional reforms, although still slow, are the great hope for a change in waste management. However, it is the administration itself that is the weak point in waste management in West Africa, mainly due to the absence of operational waste management systems at the municipal level, something that leads the countries in this area to have to suffer perennial problems with the garbage.
Development of tools for the implementation of solid waste management systems.
Under this scenario, the IWWA project has contributed to the improvement of solid waste management systems in West Africa by promoting adequate management policies, both at the national and regional levels, and involving authorities, legislators and other actors ( private sectors, NGOs and the population itself) in the design of waste management policies, all under the auspices of African and European experts.
IWWA has implemented an effective Solid Waste Management network to analyze the situation in the selected countries -identifying its main obstacles and limitations in any field (technological, social or organizational)- and collect the most profitable and viable experiences in force, both in European and non-OECD countries. According to the results obtained, the consortium has provided valuable decision-making tools that allow the future implementation of possible strategies.
IWWA focuses its attention on preventive policies; the actions, materials and strategies developed throughout the project were developed under the concept of Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM). These integrated systems include tasks such as garbage collection methods, waste classification and treatment, all focused on obtaining a series of environmental benefits, better economic performance and greater acceptance of these processes by the population.