The kick-off meeting of the URBAN-WASTE project, which has been going on for the last 6 months, had its kick-off meeting back in June with a very promising outcome.
As the summer holidays were 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 in 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 27 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).