GRET is organising the International workshop : “Solid waste management in secondary cities and semi-urban areas in South East Asia”, which will take place from 15 to 16 May 2018 in Hanoi and Vin Phuc, Vietnam.
South East Asia is one of the fastest growing regions in the world over the past 20 years. This increase of economics activities and wealth is leading to profound changes in territorial dynamics, lifestyles and consumption habits. The speed of change often exceeds local actors’ abilities to address it effectively. As a results, negatives externalities that could ultimately threat development sustainability have been generated.
Issues of waste management in secondaries cities and peri-urban areas often seems to receive even less attention. Rapidly urbanizing area and undergoing strong industrial development make it challenging for the local authorities and local waste management operators to effectively deal with an ever-increasing quantity of domestic waste. The case of Vinh Phuc, a neighbouring province of Hanoi, illustrates well this phenomenon.
Usual models focused on collection and treatment with few considerations about prevention, recycling and recovery show its limits such as failure to manage waste in a proper way, waste of potential resources, high negative environmental impacts, etc.
Emerging models promoted by public authorities prioritizing private companies and centralized treatment facility, may generate unfair competition and exclusion for already marginalized informal and precarious small operators, and seem to be more relevant for big cities than small and medium ones.
Alternative models do exist and work. An example is informal waste collection and recycling sector in Vietnam, which, without any support and recognition by the authorities, manage to divert a significant volume of waste. Various experiences of decentralized waste recovery units or community-based services have shown their effectiveness.
The workshop aims to promote good practices for an efficient and sustainable waste management services in secondary cities and semi-urban areas in South East Asia.