The 27 partners of the URBAN-WASTE will meet for their 2nd General Assembly in Copenhagen, nearly one year after the kick-of meeting in Tenerife in June 2016.
A week-long set of various events and meetings will be hosted by the Municipality of Copenhagen which will welcome the other 10 pilot cities and regions and the rest of the project consortium. The meetings will vary from internal to open events which will also include external speakers and non-partner cities.
While the Steering Commitee will have its meeting on the first day, 29 May, the rest of the consortium will be arriving for the General Assembly which will take place the entire following day. The month of April saw the launch of the first Communities of Practices (CoP) across the pilot cities and regions, Copenhagen being the first one to hold its local CoP. This will exactly be the topic of the Municipality Forum, which will take place on 30 May with the participation of all 11 pilots. The role of municipalities, supported by the task leader and the guidelines provided in the Plan, will be to provide inputs for discussion – such as the results of the urban metabolism and behavioural analysis, the presentation of best practices – and to guide those towards the development of eco-innovative strategies. ACR+, the partner responsible for communication will also introduce the e-platform for the cities to bring these discussions online.
The last day is booked for the open event which will enable external partners to get more acquainted with the project and the CoP activities. The event on 1 June will look at how local communities, as well as tourists, can be included in waste management planning. The event title the same way, “Waste Management Planning” will also welcome the city of Bled from Slovenia which is the number one tourist destination in Slovenia. Considering its size, the number of tourists is so high that around 45% of the waste generated actually comes from them and tourism in general. Apart from Bled, Copenhagen will also present its waste management planning practices including a presentation from tourist establishments on initiatives on waste prevention and management. See more details on the event here.
All in all, the last week of May will be an important milestone for the URBAN-WASTE project and a symbolic kick-off for more activities and achievements to come in 2017.