Integrated Waste Management in Western Africa
Seventh Framework Programme
01.06.2010 – 31.05.2012
Kristina Krasteva , Mirko Hänel
Most African countries are trying hard to promote better long-term living conditions in a sustainable manner. Urbanization growth together with changing lifestyles and consumption patterns are putting extreme pressure on the environment and the population.
In this context, waste management is emerging as a key sector for sustainable development in many countries where the situation is becoming troubling. Poor waste management practices along with the lack of a functional waste management system (especially in rural areas) are the origins of several persistent problems such as an inefficient garbage collection, a poor public compliance with waste segregation, the uncontrolled open burning of waste, etc. Furthermore, valuable resources are lost due to inefficient or lacking recycling systems.
The establishment of an appropriate waste management structure at the national, regional and local level is a milestone that must be achieved in order to improve the living and health conditions of citizens while protecting the environment. Such structure will also contribute to a more efficient use of resources as well as to the promotion of a sustainable development.
The main objective of IWWA is to promote the establishment of Integrated Solid Waste Management systems (ISWM) in Western Africa by developing the appropriate management policies and implementation strategies for ISWM at national and regional levels while gathering authorities, policy makers and other stakeholders in the process.