United Nations Environment Programme

Urban Environment Unit

World Urban Forum

Launch of the Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) Plan for Nairobi

The preparation of an Integrated Solid Waste Management (ISWM) Plan for Nairobi was officially launched on 17 March 2009 at the UN Complex in Gigiri, by the Deputy Director of UNEP’s Regional Office for Africa (ROA) Mr. Peter Acquah. 

The launch was followed by a two-day training on ‘Waste Characterization and Quantification with Future Projections’ for the National Task Team (NTT) constituted by CCN to spearhead the development of the Plan. Research assistants, who will support the team in waste inventorying and analysis of current waste management systems, also took part in the training. The training was conducted by experts from the University of Cape Town (UCT) and UNEP’s International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) Japan.

The activity is a collaborative process between UNEP, UCT, CCN, Government agencies, local universities and NGOs. The Plan, whose main objective is to maximize resource efficiency through the 3Rs (reduce, reuse and recycle), will include all aspects from waste minimization, segregation, collection, transportation, reuse/recycle, resource recovery, treatment and disposal. Detailed actions and schemes that include regulatory and financial policy framework, environmentally sound technologies, public private partnerships, awareness raising and capacity building, will also be developed under the Plan for implementation.

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