More than 60 participants from the 27 project partners and external stakeholders have gathered in Copenhagen from 29 may to 1 June for packed 4 days of events celebrating the end of the first year of the project which started exactly one year ago in Tenerife.
Hosted by the Municipality of Copenhagen and the University of Copenhagen, the 4 days were a perfect opportunity to reflect on the project with all its milestones, achievement and outreach accomplished so far. At the same time, new roadmaps have been set for all the activities coming up during the next six months. In order to prepare the content and ensure that all the 27 partners are up to date with the developments of the project the Steering Committee has met the first day to discuss the past, ongoing and upcoming tasks. It was also the opportunity to express appreciation to the representatives from two pilot cities, Lisbon and Ponta Delgada, who were advisory members of the Steering Committee during the first year and thank them for their contribution. Since the advisory positions are based on a rotational basis, the two new pilot cities/regions participating in the Steering Committee will be announced soon.
The biggest event took place on the second day where all the 27 partners have met for the General Assembly which were opened by Michael Ryan Andersen, the Head of Unit of Internationalization and Tourism for the City of Copenhagen. The major achievements have been presented by the partners responsible for various tasks and actions. The overview of communication activities and project’s outreach were presented, too, showing that URBAN-WASTE has become an established project, recognised by other European projects and stakeholders as a credible project in the field of waste and tourism and their mutual impacts.
The last two days were dedicated to the pilot cities and regions. As it was already reported few weeks ago, the ongoing months are very busy for the project’s pilot cases who are organising numerous locals events enggaging local stakeholders through the Communities of Practices and promoting the project in general. The Head of the City development unit at the Technical and Environmental Administration of City of Copenhagen, Merete Kristoffsen opened the Municipality Forum sharing the city’s perspective on local tourism and waste. Furthermore, it was the pilot’s turn to present their performances and report on these local events. The following day was an open Mutual Learning event, hosted at the Amager Resource Center. Since the topic of this event was Waste Management Planning, the Senior advisor for City Development at the Technical and Environmental Administration of the City of Copenhagen, Susanne Lindeneg opened the event and reflected on and presented Copenhagen’s approach to waste management planning. The pilot’s had the opportunity to present their own practices when it comes to planning and Celeste Oliveira from the Municipality of Lisbon explained the case of her city. An interesting presentation was prepared and given by Søren Ærendahl Mikkelsen and Kira Thume, project managers at the City Operations at the he Technical and Environmental Administration of the City of Copenhagen on waste management in party areas. A quite extraordinary and unconventional topic. Just like every time, this Mutual Learning event had a guest speaker, this time from the city of Bled in Slovenia. Jožica Peljhan Korošec presented Bled’s case which very much falls under URBAN-WASTE’s framework taking into consideration that 46% of the waste produced in Bled actually comes from tourists and tourism activities.
The next Municipality Forum and Mutual Learning event will take place in Nicosia, Cyprus in October.