UNDP presents results of waste management project

02 Aug 2012

BAKU - The three-year project on Solid Waste Management Improvement was concluded with a final workshop on August 2, 2012, at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Baku. The project was jointly funded by the Government of Norway and UNDP and implemented in collaboration with the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan.

The workshop was organized to present the project results, discuss the lessons learned, and elaborate on project milestones that contributed to the solid waste management reforms in Azerbaijan. The event was attended by representatives of the Government of Azerbaijan, donor agencies, non-governmental organizations, and national experts.

“Solid waste management has been a cross-cutting priority for the Government of Azerbaijan. Improved performance in this area not only translates into better utility services, but also contributes to mitigating the risks and threats for public health, environment, and community livelihoods”, said National Project Director Ms. Sadagat Mammadova in her opening remarks.

Ms. Nato Alhazishvili, UNDP Deputy Resident Representative and co-chair of the event, reminded that sustainable development was strongly reflected among MDG goals. Environmental issues transcend the national borders, usually posing regional and even global challenges. In this context, the issue of solid wastes is no less critical concern, and UNDP has been proud to partner with the Government of Azerbaijan towards successful implementation of national solid waste management reforms.

During the workshop, national experts delivered presentations on different milestones and results of the project. The project conducted a first-ever national study on per capita waste generation capacity, and established a data-bank with information on all solid waste sites in the country, including GPS coordinates, distance from settlements and aquifers, quantity of wastes accumulated at each site, and respective images. Both the national study and the data-bank will be used for developing new policies on solid waste management and tracking the progress of reforms in this area.

The project developed recommendations for the National Strategy on Reduction, Recycling and Reuse (RRR) of solid wastes, along with revisions and amendments to the regulations of the Cabinet of Ministers on sanitary norms, land-filling and incineration of solid wastes. It also produced recommendations for the Cleaner Technology Programmes and guidelines on environmental impact assessment, auditing and inventory of solid wastes. On the ground, the project piloted two technological lines to process different types of plastic wastes in Ismailly.