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CE Professor will Work on African Waste Management Network

SWIS has partnered with the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) and Horn of Africa Regional Environmental Network & Center (HoAREC&N) to work on the Sub Saharan African Network for Developing Solid Waste Management Action Plan.

The Clean Climate and Air Coalition (CCAC), hosted by the United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP), has recently awarded funding of $134,046 to the International Solid Waste Association (ISWA) to establish a network of cities in the Sub-Saharan Africa region in order to jointly tackle local waste management difficulties and thus reduce cities’ impact on climate change. The final outcome of the project is to develop solid waste management action plans and work plans for cities in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Sahadat Hossain, a UTA civil engineering professor and director of the Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability (SWIS), has worked with ISWA, headquartered in Vienna, Austria, for the last 4 years and has a collaborative partnership with the Horn of Africa Regional Environmental Network & Center (HoAREC&N) in Ethiopia. He will be an advisor as an international solid waste expert on this project.

“Dr. Hossain’s expertise is an extremely valuable asset given his vast experience with developing country cities and will be one of the factors to guarantee the successful elaboration of bankable solid waste management projects in African cities. Through Dr. Hossain, SWIS will also be engaged at various stages of the implementation work. ISWA is very much looking forward to this to continue its fruitful cooperation with SWIS,” Kata Tisza, ISWA Technical Manager and project leader, said.

Hossain started UTA’s Solid Waste Institute for Sustainability to provide leadership and expertise to countries and cities around the globe in how to make waste management and landfills more efficient and sustainable. The mission of SWIS is to work on developing clean and healthy urban cities through sustainable waste management.

By the end of the 18 months, the project team is envisioned to have outreach to many countries in the region, such as Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Sudan, Djibouti, and South Africa. A special focus will be put on interested cities with rapid urban sprawl/population growth and a high potential to short lived climate pollutants (SLCP) reductions. SLCP, such as methane or black carbon have significant warming impacts on the climate and can result also from bad waste management practices, like the degradation of not properly treated organic waste, dumping or open burning.