Building on its experience developing Nationally Appropriate Mitigation Actions for the waste sector in Chile, Colombia and Peru, CCAP is deepening its partnership with the Climate and Clean Air Coalition’s (CCAC) Municipal Solid Waste Initiative (MSWI) and expanding the impact of its waste program to new countries and cities through several activities described below.
Together with CCAC, CCAP is launching the first Latin American Regional Waste Network, comprised of cities focused on municipal solid waste (MSW) management and reducing short lived climate pollutants like methane and black carbon. The network will provide a forum where municipalities from across Latin America can share best practices and lessons learned in MSW management, discuss shared challenges and implement solutions, particularly looking at those actions that can reduce emissions in the near term. The network will be launched during the 2017 CCAC Municipal Solid Waste Workshop, which CCAP is organizing on April 24-25, 2017, in Santiago, Chile.
CCAP is also supporting the first CCAC project to reach a ready-for-implementation stage, in the city of Viña del Mar, Chile. CCAP has been providing technical support for Viña del Mar’s waste management program over several years and is now moving toward implementation of the Chile’s first organic waste management plant by helping to identify the best technological solution to manage organic waste that is both sustainable and economically feasible. In addition, as municipal, regional and national authorities are developing financing options to build the project, CCAP is working to identify and access international climate finance that could help accelerate the construction and operation of the project.
Finally, this March, CCAP contributed to the CCAC Waste Initiative’s annual Steering Committee meeting in Vienna, Austria, focused on next steps for the MSWI and how it can best reach its goal of catalyzing actions that reduce waste-sector emissions in 1000 cities by 2020. In order to involve more cities in the MSWI and using the regional Latin America network that CCAP is leading as a model, additional CCAC regional waste networks will be created in Central America, West Africa, Sub-Saharan Africa, South East Asia and India. In addition, the CCAC is planning to create a leadership platform that could incorporate a larger group of cities and partners into the MSWI and shift from a more-targeted, technical assistance approach to one that highlights leadership actions being carried out around the world to reduce SLCP emissions from the waste sector. Following this model, successful examples from Viña del Mar and other leading cities on MSW management will be used to promote further sharing of best practices and regional replication.