The series of 6 webinars are a part of the capacity building activities foreseen by the project. These online, free and open webinars serve to increase the skills of the staff from urban public authorities needed for the implementation of the URBAN-WASTE strategies. At the same time, since they are open and accessible for everyone, they also sensibilise other target groups such as general public, tourism service providers and others about the issue of inadequate waste management practices in touristic areas and provoke discussions and search for solutions. Another added value the webinars will have are synergies with other projects as they will include speakers from other like-minded projects in order to explore the possibilities of cross-referencing and joint dissemination of the projects outcomes.
The webinars will focus on audiences with specific constraints (dense touristic areas, coastal areas, insular areas, etc.). They will enhance the exploitation of the project’s outcomes on the European level since a hight number of cities and their representatives wouldn’t be able to attend project’s events. The webinars will be publicly available after having taken place.
Over 6 months, the project’s 11 pilot cities and regions have been organising Communities of Practices in order to include all relevant local stakeholders and interest groups in identifying the key challenges and look for solutions through a community based decision making before they implement the chosen solutions. This webinar looked at these participative processes, their importance and the way forward. It explained the approach necessary to attract the local stakeholders, including residents, tourism establishments, tourism service providers and others, provide a mechanism for sharing their concerns and proposals and integrate those into the final solution and measures to be implemented. The webinar included speakers from Ambiente Italia, municipality of Copenhagen, municipal chamber of Lisbon, and ACR+.
How much are tourism service, food and accommodation providers aware of tourism’s impact on environment and waste management? What is their role in making tourism more sustainable? And how? This is the focus of this URBAN-WASTE webinar, 2nd of the series of 6. It is part of the promotion and dissemination of outcomes of the project. It is mainly related to concerted solutions that pilots cities and regions have found using a community based decision-making approach. This webinar focuses on the implementation phase: a whole range of different measures is now being put into practice through cooperation between local and regional authorities and hotels, restaurants and other tourism service providers. It gives those actors the opportunity to explain why they chose to improve their environmental performances.
While the pilot cities organised a series of focus groups and interviews to investigate aspects of gender mainstreaming in waste prevention and management practices and policies throughout the first year of the project, the project has reached the time to implement and monitor gender mainstreaming into measure and strategies. Text, visuals and other ways of communicating are conditioned by the societies we live in, and in turn help to shape our ways of thinking and acting. URBAN-WASTE, as an EU funded project, has a responsibility to advance gender equality both as a key human rights European commitment, and to improve the projects’ effectiveness. It is, therefore, important that we pay attention to the ways in which we communicate: in writing, in pictures, in social media, in who we invite to speak/participate and how we engage and listen to these participants.
Gender responsive budgeting is a tool to ensure that gender equality commitments are reflected and realised in public budgets. Since the 1990s, gender budgeting is increasingly used in developed and developing countries by different actors (ministries of finance, line ministries, NGOs, gender advocates and universities) to assess impact of government expenditures on citizens, women and men, and to transform budget programmes to target priority needs and close gender gaps. This webinar introduces participants to the concept, principles, tools and practical examples of gender responsive budgeting (GRB) and how to use it. Starting with basics of budgeting and public budgets we will discuss how best to combine gender knowledge with knowledge of public finance to achieve de-facto gender equality and effective use of budget funds. This is in particular relevant with waste-management measures and action being implemented at the local level. We will discuss the issues- how to understand how local level budgets are being made- and how to ensure that gender issues are being addressed thought. Participants will engage in several practical exercises to think critically about how they can use GRB effectively in context of local level waste-management strategies.