Waste is an issue that cuts across sectors, economies and regions. Depending on its source its footprint is as distinct as the possible solutions to manage it, be it agriculture, industrial, or post-consumer waste. In many African countries, waste is characterised by uncontrolled dumping compounded by very low collection rates. More than 90 percent of waste ends up in dumpsites and landfills where it contributes to greenhouse gases and increases risks of disease and urban flooding or is burned generating carbon emissions and environmental pollution. Although waste is not a major contributor to global greenhouse gas emissions, waste management offers African countries opportunities to contribute to global mitigation efforts while achieving very significant public health and economic benefits.
The GCCA+ session at COP25 : How to conquer waste and reduce emissions: lessons from African Countries highlight how the GCCA+ has contributed significantly to building on lessons learned by already existing projects to catalyse this sector in Monrovia. A moderated discussion will elicit lessons from Liberia about ‘how to build a waste management system’ – sharing lessons covering:
- Emergency Monrovia Urban Sanitation Project (EMUS) and the Improved Primary Solid Waste Collection in Poor Communities of Monrovia Project (IMPAC)
- The Cheesemanburg Landfill and Urban Sanitation project (CLUS)” financed by the World Bank”
- Delivering Climate-Resilient Solid Waste Management Services in Greater Monrovia, Liberia through Community-Based Enterprises (GCCA+)
- Covenant of Majors Suh Saharan Africa (Co MSSA).