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Exploring NAMA Possibilities in the Integrated Waste Sector

After six months of research and on-the-ground in-country support, CCAP has confidence in the potential development of a nationally appropriate mitigation action (NAMA) in the integrated solid waste management sector in Colombia. CCAP has received enthusiastic support from critical stakeholders in this process, such as the Ministry of Environment (AMBIENTE), Ministry of Housing (VIVIENDA), Superintendent of Public Services (SPSD), Department of National Planning (DNP) and the Commission for Tariff Regulation (CRA).

Through recent work in the waste sector, CCAP has been successful in understanding and analyzing the waste management practices on the ground in cities such as Cali, Medellín, Sogamoso and Ibaque. CCAP has also held discussions with important private sector stakeholders such as InterAseo and Argos to enlist their support in NAMAs that would rely on a public-private partnership.

Yesterday, alongside Environment Canada and the Ministry of Environment of Colombia, CCAP presented the latest results from a Colombian waste NAMA study, during the UNFCCC NAMA workshop held in Medellín, Colombia. The presentation included results of overall efforts, and engaged the audience through discussions of how such efforts can be scaled-up as a NAMA with the possibility of replication in other developing countries.

In the next phase of the project, CCAP will aim to dig deeper into analyzing the economic and mitigation benefits of pursuing an integrated solid waste management (ISWM) approach at the city level. This analysis would also examine the possibility of introducing managerial and technological processes in addition to the existing practice of disposal in sanitary landfills. Based on the first phase of CCAP’s study, these technological approaches could include source separation activities, materials recovery facilities, mechanical-biological treatment, refuse-derived fuels, composting and/or recycling. CCAP hopes to perform technological-economic feasibility studies of these options in order to design an ISWM strategy most appropriate for subject cities. The results of this study will be used to analyze the impact of a national-level strategy for the waste sector that could be structured as a supported NAMA.

CCAP seeks to release the results and information in a comprehensive study later this month and will utilize this information not only within the MAIN program but also to provide insight to countries as they seek opportunities to implement certain policies to meet their international commitments.

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