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Cities play a key role in meeting the ambitious climate, sustainability and urban development objectives defined in the Paris Agreement, Agenda 2030 and the New Urban Agenda (NUA) in recent years. Urban areas are not only responsible for 80% of energy consumption and 75% of GHG emissions, but also for 2.1 billion tons of municipal solid waste (MSW) generated worldwide each year. The amount of waste produced by individuals is growing daily and costs for waste management often account for a big share of the local governments’ budget. Moreover, insufficient treatment in uncontrolled dumpsites and open waste burning results in serious health problems, as well as water and air pollution.

These facts reflect consumption patterns and lifestyles in cities that are not aligned with sustainable urban development. In order to improve the current state of waste management, reduce the costs related to its collection and treatment and mitigate its impact on the environment, it is utterly important to raise awareness, put waste management polices into place and implement them. Many cities, small businesses and NGOs have already started this journey and have come up with innovative ideas and initiatives that aim at addressing the challenges and capturing the opportunities of sustainable waste management.

In this context, the Urban Pathways Project, funded by the International Climate Initiative (IKI) from the German Ministry of Environment and implemented by the Wuppertal Institute and UN Habitat, has put together the Webinar “Transforming Waste into Wealth: Global Challenge, Local Solutions”. It aims at discussing and sharing best practice examples and knowledge on policy measures and local waste management initiatives among representatives from Latin American, African and Asian municipalities, research institutions, NGOs, and other stakeholders. The webinar will start with an overview of the current situation and the biggest challenges of waste from a global perspective and will continue with the explanation of measures that can be implemented to reduce their impact at the local level. This will be combined with the presentation of innovative local initiatives being carried out in different cities.

The Webinar is one of the activities that will be carried out under the initiative “EnvironMENTALISE”, launched by Urban Pathways to promote the implementation of actions that contribute to raise awareness about the environmental, health, social and economic benefits of non-motorised transport, as well as of waste reduction. In order to have a greater impact, as well as to generate synergies and learning on a larger scale, this initiative will be carried out in collaboration with regional and global awareness campaigns such as the Mobility Week, which includes the International Car Free Day, the World Habitat Day, the Waste Wise Cities Campaign, the SDGs summit and the Walk and Cycle to School Day. All of them are happening between September and October.



EnvironMENTALISE – raising awareness for safer, nicer and greener neighbourhoods


María Rosa Muñoz

Research Fellow at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, and Energy
Berlin, German

EnvironMENTALISE – aumentando conscientização para bairros mais seguros, agradáveis e verdes


Stefanie Dorneanu

Pesquisadora – Instituto Wuppertal para Clima, Ambiente e Energia, Berlim, Alemanha

Presentación de la iniciativa „Ambientalízate – co-creando barrios más seguros, amigables y verdes”


Lisa Graaf

Investigadora del Instituto Wuppertal para el Clima, el Ambiente y la Energía, Berlín, Alemania


Introduction to Waste Wise Cities Campaign and World Habitat Day 2019


Topic: “Frontier Technologies as an innovative tool to transform waste to wealth”


Nele Kapp

Solid Waste Management Unit, Urban Basic Services Branch, UN–Habitat

Introdução à Campanha “Waste Wise Cities” e

“Dia Mundial do Habitat” 2019


Tema: “Tecnologias de ponta como uma ferramenta de inovação para transformar resíduos em valor”


Nele Kapp

Unidade de Gestão de Resíduos Sólidos, Área de Serviços Básicos Urbanos, UN-Habitat

Introducción a la Campaña Waste Wise Cities y al Día Mundial del Hábitat


Tema: “Frontier Technologies como herramienta innovadora para transformar los residuos en riqueza”T


Nele Kapp

Unidad de Gestión de Residuos, División Servicios Urbanos Básicos, ONU-Hábitat


Part A: The challenge: Current situation of waste from a global perspective 

Part B: Prevention measures and best practices to reduce & recycle the amount of waste


Stefanie Dorneanu

Research Fellow at the Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment, and Energy
Berlin, Germany

Parte A: O Desafio: Situação atual dos resíduos em uma perspectiva global

Parte B: Medidas de prevenção e melhores práticas para reduzir e reciclar o volume de resíduos


Adriana Marchiori Silva

Pesquisadora – Instituto Wuppertal para Clima, Ambiente e Energia, Wuppertal, Alemanha

Parte A: El desafío global – Situación actual de los residuos desde una perspectiva global 

Parte B: Medidas de prevención y mejores prácticas que se pueden implementar para reciclar y reducir la cantidad de residuos


María Rosa Muñoz

Investigadora del Instituto Wuppertal para el Clima, el Ambiente y la Energía, Berlín, Alemania


Exemplary local initiatives for awareness raising, waste prevention & recycling 

Iniciativas locais exemplares para aumento de conscientização, prevenção da geração de resíduos e reciclagem

Iniciativas locales ejemplares para la sensibilización, prevención y reciclaje de residuos


Doko Recyclers is a social enterprise that aims at creating value from waste. They support segregation of waste at its source and contribute to social innovations that being applied, like seamless waste pickup, composting solutions, awareness workshops, e-waste management, upcycling and many more.

Description of best practice of solid waste management in the city of Kochi,  including door to door collection, separation at source, bio methanation, awarness raising, (planned) waste to energy plant.

    • Kudumbashree (Ratheesh S., Kerala State Assistant Program Manager, State Poverty Eradication Mission)

Kudumbashree (meaning: prosperity of the familiy) is the women empowerment, poverty eradication and economic empowerment programme of the Kerala State government of India. It helps to set up waste management as a micro enterprise activity, having trained already more than 27,000 women for 888 Local Self Government Institutions.

The private initative aims at creating awareness, educate and help communities establish decentralized sustainable solid waste management system, raising the percentage of waste recovery, separation, collection and disposal from less than from less than 10% in 2014 to 85 % in 2018.



  • Coleta Seletiva (Belo Horizonte, Brazil)[2], Pedro Gasparini Barbosa Heller, Chefe, Departamento de Destinação Final de Resíduos, Superintendência de Limpeza Urbana

Presentation of Belo Horizontes process of
segregated waste collection, both point-to-point (containers for recyclable materials) and door-to-door (recyclable materials are separated by residents and placed on the sidewalk to be collected by staff). All recyclable materials are intended for associations or cooperatives of pickers and workers from recyclable materials, participants of Municipal Waste and Citizenship Forum.


  • Escola Resíduo Zero (Ilhabela, Brazil)[3], Tatiana Prestes de Barros Araujo, Social Entrepreneur, Flow Desenvolvimento Sustentável e Consciente

Implementation of a composting system in 25 municipal schools, each school appointing “Guardiões da Composteira”, a group responsible for the treatment and maintenance of the compost bin.



–        ReciVeci (Quito, Ecuador)[4], Paula Guerra, Co-fundadora de ReciVeci

RECIVECI is a citizen’s volunteers initiative that promotes inclusive recycling in Ecuador, aiming at building a recycling culture by creating a human bond between the waste picker and the citizen.


–        El Mercado del Trueque (Ciudad de México)[5], María del Rosario Campos Berumen, Subdirectora de Educación para la Sustentabilidad, Dirección Ejecutiva de Cultura Ambiental, Secretaría del Medio Ambiente & Al yibb

The Ministry of Environment of the Government of Mexico City within its environmental education program organizes a monthly Recycling-Market (Mercado del Trueque), where citizens can exchange recycable materials to local agricultural products. Every month nearly 4.000 citizens join the market.






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