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UNEP IETC launches SIDS Waste Management Outlook…

NAIROBI, Kenya — On 13th March 2019, the UN Environment Programme released the first Waste Management Outlook for Small Island Developing States (SIDS) at the 4th session of the UN Environment Assembly (UNEA-4).

The SIDS Waste Management Outlook provides an analysis on the current state of waste management in SIDS regions and proposes solutions to improve waste management.

The Outlook has been developed as a follow-on to the Global Waste Management Outlook to provide an overview of the current challenges and opportunities for waste management in SIDS. This Outlook is relevant to all 58 SIDS as well as all countries that have inhabited off-shore islands. Geographically, the scope of the outlook includes the main SIDS regions: the Caribbean, Pacific and, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Mediterranean, and South China Sea regions.

Effective waste management is a key challenge facing SIDS. The Outlook provides an assessment of solid, liquid and gaseous waste generated in the 58 SIDS, and adopts an integrated approach covering emissions to air, water and land. The Outlook also identifies the waste streams that most SIDS regard as high priority. A top priority is hazardous waste.

The Outlook follows the key concepts of life cycle thinking, sustainable consumption and production and integrated waste management. These concepts are interwoven throughout the document to promote a paradigm shift to transition from a dumping society to a circular economy.
Transitioning to a circular economy will require regional cooperation and management models that utilize synergies between countries to manage hazardous waste, recycling, marine litter, greenhouse gas emission reductions, and wastewater.
The SIDS Waste management Outlook is targeted at decision-makers at both the national and local government levels and other key stakeholders in the waste sector including businesses, financial institutions, the manufacturing sector, civil society organizations and academia.

To access The SIDS Waste Management Outlook please visit:
https://www.unenvironment.org/ietc/publication/sids-waste-management-outlook

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