Social processes in post-crisis municipal solid waste management innovations : a proposal for research and knowledge exchange in South Asia

Véron, René (University of Lausanne, Lausanne, Switzerland) ; Fernando, Nishara (University of Colombo, Colombo, Sri Lanka) ; Narayanan, N. C. (Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, Mumbai, India) ; Upreti, Bishnu (Nepal Centre of Contemporary Research, Kathmandu, Nepal) ; Ambat, Babu (Centre for Environment and Development, Thiruvananthapuram, India) ; Pallawala, Ranga (Janathakshan, Colombo, Sri Lanka) ; Rajbhandari, Sudarshan (Centre for Integrated Urban Development, Kathmandu, Nepal) ; Rao Dhananka, Swetha (a) Haute école de travail social HETS Fribourg, HES-SO) ; Zurbrügg, Christian (EAWAG, Dübendorf, Switzerland)

Municipal solid waste management (MSWM) has become one of the most pressing environmental issues in South Asian cities, the more so as it is closely linked to drinking water quality, sanitation and human health affecting mostly the urban poor, as well as to global climate change. Looking at recent governance initiatives in three South Asian cities developed in the wake of natural or human-induced crises, the project will focus on how to render MSWM improvements politically feasible and socially acceptable, which is a prerequisites for functioning SWM systems, and thus for (environmental and social) sustainability more generally. The goal of this project, therefore, is to identify, analyze and promote the political and sociocultural processes that are necessary to enable the functioning of MSWM systems. In particular, alternative practices and systems are promoted, whereby institutional hierarchies are decentralized, favoring horizontal accountabilities and whereby waste chains are shortened and transformed into closed loops implying a more circular waste economy in which both environmental and local livelihood benefits would accrue. The project puts emphasis on mutual learning through horizontal South-South partnerships between local authorities, civil society actors and researchers across South Asia.


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Article Type:
scientifique
Faculty:
Travail social
Branch:
Travail social
School:
HETS-FR
Institute:
Département de Recherche appliquée et développement de la HETS-FR
Subject(s):
Travail social
Date:
2018-12
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32 p.
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RIO Research Ideas and Outcomes
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