What we do
“Integrated Sustainable Solid Waste Management in Asia” ISSOWAMA, has the aim of developing a performance assessment system for integrated waste management scenarios, which consist of a set of qualitative sustainability criteria along with quantitative impact indicators enabling assessment of waste management strategies.
How we do it
The central focus is the integration of the sustainability aspects into the system, such as environmental impacts, economic considerations and the social situation in the target region, integrating appropriate low-cost and efficient technologies with community-based management and their relevant governance, institutional frameworks and socio-economic constraints, linking waste treatment with poverty reduction and improvement of welfare of the population.. Targeted are research institutions, municipalities and other end users. These results will be verified in different Asian cities, which will be possible as the project consortium includes countries in South Asia (Bangladesh, India), the Greater Mekong Sub-region (Cambodia, Thailand, China) and South East Asia (Indonesia and Philippines). It also aims to bringing together experts and stakeholders in the field of solid waste management in Asian developing countries and Europe (WASTE Netherlands, TTZ Germany, EAWAG Switzerland, Wageningen University Netherlands, ISWA Denmark and BIOAZUL S.L., Spain). The project promotes international cooperation between research organisations, universities, and social and governmental stakeholders in a European and Asian context (local waste processors, local municipalities and policy makers, local NGOs representatives, etc).
The activities are related to:
- Mapping of solid waste management networks.
- Mapping and evaluation of solid waste management case studies
- Review and analysis of environmental impact assessment methods and impact categories
- Analysis of representative local case studies.
- Dissemination and promotion of stakeholders’ participation.
Key end- and intermediate products of this initiative are: evaluation criteria, update research information in some Asian countries, databases and guidelines for assessment tools. Key end and intermediate products of this initiative are evaluation criteria; update research information in some Asian countries; databases and guidelines for assessment tools.