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+.