The Sustainable tourism, waste and circular economy titled webinar which was organised by the Association of Cities and Regions for Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+) included URBAN-WASTE as an exemplary project in this field.
As a part of ACR+‘s monthly webinars, this one on sustainable tourism, waste and circular economy featured three ongoing projects in this field, namely INTHERWASTE, Blue Islands and URBAN-WASTE. All three dealing with very similar challenges, yet different scopes, target groups and applying different solutions were presented to a wide audience of nearly 30 participant during a one and a half hour interactive webinar. The URBAN-WASTE project was presented by Erneszt Kovacs, project officer working on the project, responsible for communication and dissemination activities.
The webinar was opened by Ms Malgorzata Golebiewska of European Commission’s DG Environment who reflected on waste management in touristic areas and the role cities and countries have in EU’s waste policies. She especially highlighted the key challenges touristic areas face, which match the ones URBAN-WASTE has identified: available infrastructure, seasonality and the multitude of residing population during certain seasons and the topographic challenges (being surrounded by sea) what causes marine litter and other ecosystem degradation.
The webinar was a good opportunity to liaise with the projects alike, explore possibilities for cooperation and promote URBAN-WASTE findings and publications which have been published lately. A recognition already arrived earlier this week when the project consortium was contacted by EUROCITIES who are working on a study study commissioned by DG Research and Innovation) on the role of cities in promoting food innovation. Food here is seen in a very comprehensive way: the role of cities in fighting food poverty, improving food distribution, promoting urban food production and better urban-rural linkages, and also food waste reduction and re-use. Based on the results published in the Compendium of waste management practices in pilot cities and best practices in touristic cities few URBAN-WASTE pilot cities will be presented as good practices in the study.