In URBAN WASTE, stakeholders’ engagement is a transversal feature to all project activities: stakeholders are indeed involved in the building of the knowledge base, and in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the eco innovative gender sensitive waste management strategies.
To define stakeholders’ engagement within the project activities, an Action Plan for Mobilization and Mutual Learning on waste management will be designed, with the aim of orienting and defining the actions needed to empower stakeholders and citizens towards a reduction of waste production and a better management of tourism waste and to promote this concept among decision makers. A set of resources and tools for the implementation of the Action Plan for Mobilisation will be also created.
Mobilization and Mutual Learning Plan
The Action Plan aims at bringing together different stakeholders in a mutual learning, consultation process and joint action to consider key questions extract cross-cutting issues and propose challenge-driven solutions to collectively build gender-sensitive solutions to promote eco-innovative urban management. The Plan will guide the consultation process and structure the way feedback is provided: this will result in a new concept of participatory and science-based decision making and planning for waste management, risk prevention and land use. The Plan will define the actions to be performed, identify promoters and propose instruments to be used to ensure stakeholders engagement facilitate an inclusive and constructive dialogue and ensure processing of the feedback. The Plan will be built around the concept of the Communities of Practice (CoPs), tested under the BRIDGE project.
The plan will be then articulated into eleven city implementation plans, adapted to the specific situation of each pilot. The Plan will propose several types of activities (based on successful experience of community-based practices and more recent examples of social innovation projects) to make stakeholders meet, share knowledge and opinions, with the final goal of designing customized waste prevention and management strategies. The plan will also include indicators for the monitoring of stakeholders engagement activities to assess the effectiveness of this innovative participatory approach.
Mutual Learning and Capacity building events
Within the Mobilization and Mutual Learning Action Plan, great relevance is also given to the Mutual learning and the Capacity Building events. 11 events, one in each pilot case, will be organized within the project lifetime and will support and train the technician and the decision-makers of the pilots involved in the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the eco innovative gender sensitive waste management strategies. Training and best practices exchange will be at the core of the mutual learning events and will also include in the process local stakeholders of the pilot cases, experts and policy makers of other interested municipalities/regions.