It’s been estimated that more than two-thirds of the African countries face waste management problems. By 2050, the united Nation (UN) speculates that the world population will approximately hit 9.5 billion. 97% of this growth is predicted to occur in Africa and Asia. With such predictions, the waste management problem now seems totally inevitable. This has partially been alluded to lack of sufficient resources necessary to effectively undertake the task and also urbanization.
Apparently, the situation is now becoming a growing concern for many African countries and thus, a good percentage of them have resorted to creating initiatives with the sole aim of fully addressing the situation.
Waste management solutions in Africa
Waste management projects Africa have now emerged and key among them is the Golder group http://www.golder.ca/, a global organization with key interest in environmental conservation. Through partnerships with the World Bank Institute, and a host of other organizations in Africa, the group has developed a training course designed to assist political leaders and waste management experts across Africa come up with sustainable waste management solutions.
Similar efforts can also be observed in West Africa where the Integrated Waste Management In West-Africa(IWWA) http://cordis.europa.eu/result/rcn/91564_en.html, a project funded by EU, has been formed with the sole aim of bringing together heads across the region to sensitize them on the appropriate systems for waste management. The project identifies possible options in terms of technology and policies, which can be harnessed to ensure effective waste management is achieved.
Other similar projects observed across the entire Africa region include:
- Middleburg Waste Management project http://www.openafrica.org/experiences/participant/1984-middelburg-waste-management-project, a group that has specialized in offering sustainable waste management solutions.
- Weginingen UR, https://www.wageningenur.nl/en/About-Wageningen-UR.htm, an East African group that works to promote health, lifestyle and livelihood through sustainable environment projects
- Wasteman company in South Africa http://www.wasteman.co.za/, which for the last 30 years has been engaged in providing the best waste management solutions across the region.
- Ascent, an Africa sustainability center http://www.africasustainability.org/waste-management-project/, that has formulated projects aimed at assisting African countries improve their waste management systems.
Moreover, Global groups such as the wsp-group http://www.wspgroup.com, have also managed to advise governments, investors, corporations, investors, utilities, name them, not only in Africa, but the entire world, on effective waste management solutions.
However, Practical action Southern-Africa, http://practicalaction.org/what-we-do, an environmental organization, notes that increased rural-urban migration has been the key factor behind straining of the available few amenities and resources, which has seen waste management greatly affected in the whole of Africa.
Waste management projects Africa have had a strong social and technological impact. Technology support, public awareness initiatives, stakeholders participation, best waste management practices, good governance, and research and development have been the key factors behind the change. This can clearly be observed on the unep report http://www.unep.org/roa/Programmes/resourceefficiencyold/ResourceEfficiencyActivities/WasteManagement/tabid/51981/Default.aspx
Granted that this effort continues to take place, then it is reassuring to note that waste management in Africa will soon be brought under control.
The commitment of the waste management projects Africa, together with the support of international agencies, has the potential to transform Africa into a leading global waste management ground, which actually comes as good news to African governments.
You can read more on the report here http://www.uneca.org/publications/africa-review-report-waste-management-main-report