DELGOSEA focus on waste management

DELGOSEA focus on waste management

In 2016, the DELGOSEA network will pay particular attention to the issue of waste management – sharing best practices from within the region and gaining inspiration from the rest of the world.

Environmentally friendly waste management, recycling and reducing waste have been topics of great interest for DELGOSEA members from the beginning of the network’s activities; the most popular good practices that were replicated by the original pilot cities concentrated on encouraging recycling by school children, purifying waste water to stop coastal and coral reef pollution and creating ‘low carbon cities’ through centralised and efficient waste management.

The example of the Marikina ‘Eco-Savers’, an ingenious scheme to encourage school children and their families to engage in recycling by asking students to bring in recyclable waste to school in exchange for rewards, such as basic food, school stationery or money, has inspired four pilot cities in Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia to introduce such a scheme across their municipalities. In all countries these efforts proved very successful and were extended from a few participating schools to cover larger administrative areas.

Efforts to become a low-carbon city have been particularly successful in Chiang Rai, Northern Thailand, where the original project united different local government units (LGUs) to jointly manage their solid waste. This was so successful that a wider approach to become a low-carbon city was taken, introducing alternative energies, planting trees and motivating the population to put the environment first. Chiang Rai has by now become a best practice within Thailand, inspiring many other municipalities.

In Cambodia, the National League of Communes/Sangkats (NLC/S), the country’s local government association, is reacting to the coming decentralisation of waste management in the country by gathering best practices from around the world and formulating policy recommendations to help local governments to find a model that fits with their requirements.

Taking on board the relevance of this issue for the membership of DELGOSEA, it was decided to focus the next workshop – which will fittingly take place in Cambodia – on waste management, hoping to draw participants from across the network into a debate and an exchange of good practices and innovations around the question of waste management.

For more information on waste management project on 

Turning Waste into Alternative Energy in Kendari, Indonesia

Cambodia Prepares for Decentralisation of Waste Management

Chiang Rai City, Thailand