|Waste Management is challenge African cities are facing. Africities Summit, where intermediary cities are present, offers an opportunity to address the challenge and share knowledge of successful instruments in place that are supporting in the development of a circular economy and sustainable urban development.
The waste sector (including solid and wastewater) is the second source of GHG emissions, after energy, for most local territories supported by the CoM SSA initiative and poor waste management increases the vulnerability of local populations to extreme climate events.
As Sub–Saharan African cities continue to grow (and especially intermediary cities), they will continue generating increasing amounts of waste, with large amounts, mainly plastics, due to lack of effective waste management, flowing into our surrounding water bodies: rivers, lakes, and oceans, therefore, affecting ecosystems and species, but also the health of populations. As waste management is a local government mandate, an important share of the local revenue is dedicated towards waste management, and more so towards collection and transport instead of treatment and disposal. African cities have the urgent need to efficiently address this issue by identifying the major sources of emissions from the waste sector and how to prevent the effect of climate change and provide better services to their inhabitants through better waste management.
This session, therefore, tackles the climate-related challenges of waste management from waste generation, transport, landfills, and dumpsites to recycling as well as the solutions to combat this crisis.
Waste Management: Good practices and lessons learned from local governments in Sub-Saharan Africa
Session 1 – Organic waste treatment:
Specificities of two main organic waste treatment technologies: composting and anaerobic digestion
Session 2 – Waste management: collection, Sorting and Sensitization: success stories
Sorting practices in place – examples from SSA cities
Innovative solutions (reusing, recycling, or waste)
Session 3 – Session on wastewater:
Protect Water ressources
Wastewater to energy: Feasible examples (examples from local governments in West Africa/in SSA)