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UrBAN-WASTE | Because no one goes on a holiday to see waste

 

As the summer holidays are approaching all across Europe, UrBAN-WASTE - a new European Commission funded project under the Horizon 2020 programme had its launch on the Spanish island of Tenerife it the Canaries on 6th and 7th June 2016. The kick-off meeting resulted in a 3 years long framework for the activities under the project which will tackle waste generation and its collection and treatment in tourist cities.

Tourist cities across Europe are some of the world’s greatest tourism destinations, but figures show that some of these cities have to cope with a residing population that reaches from two to ten times their number of permanent population during the high tourism season. The consortium of 28 partners, which range from local and regional authorities, research institutes and waste management associations will take on this challenge and develop eco-innovative and gender-sensitive waste prevention and management strategies in cities with high levels of tourism activities in order to reduce the urban waste production and improve municipal waste management.

Apart from researching how tourism activities together with urban patterns, drivers, behaviour, lifestyles, architecture and socio-economic issues can influence the metabolism of the cities, the project will also deliver a set of ICT tools, namely the WasteApp mobile application and gather key stakeholders along the tourism and waste value chain around Communities and Practice. 11 pilot cities and regions will be on the frontline of the project, implementing the developed tools and strategies: Tenerife (ES), Tuscany region (IT), Kavala (GR), Copenhagen (DK), Lisbon (PT), Metropole Nice Cote d’Azur (FR), Nicosia (CY), Ponta Delgada (PT), Santander (ES), Syracuse (IT) and Dubrovnik-Neretva County (HR).

The role ACR+ revolves around capacity building activities through trainings, workshops and webinars, as well as excessive dissemination and communication of the project’s results as well as other activities during the course of the project. ACR+ will also directly contribute to the development of waste prevention and management strategies for tourist cities, as well as guidelines for city managers, based on its expertise and tools acquired and developed in previous relevant projects.