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Authors: Ferronato, Navarro
Title: Towards circular economy in developing cities: an integrated approach for planning international cooperation projects
Abstract: Solid waste management (SWM) issues are an environmental and social burden, which affect mainly the population of low-middle income countries worldwide, as well as the global environment. The application of the circular economy (CE) principles (reuse of waste materials) is considered the main solution spreading the economy of the waste and therefore reducing environmental impacts. This research is focused on the analysis and application of integrated approaches for planning sustainable SWM systems in developing big cities, demonstrating the importance of the inclusion of the informal recycling and drafting international cooperation projects for introducing new appropriate technologies and awareness campaigns. The case study of this research is La Paz (Bolivia), low-middle income city where international support is required for the sustainable development. The results allow suggesting that the inclusion of informal recyclers can be considered the most useful option in terms of technical and financial issues, exploiting a CE system just in place. Moreover, the cooperation with local and international stakeholders allows writing and submitting two international cooperation projects. The research demonstrates that the cooperation among various international and local actors, such as Universities, non-governmental organizations and local Government, in parallel with the use of technical knowledge and methodologies can support the sustainable development in low-middle countries, driving low-middle income cities towards the CE.
Keywords: Developing countries, solid waste management, sustainable development, environmental engineering, recycling
Issue Date: 2019
Language: eng
Doctoral course: Scienze Ambientali
Academic cycle: 32
Publisher: Università degli Studi dell'Insubria
Citation: Ferronato, N.Towards circular economy in developing cities: an integrated approach for planning international cooperation projects (Doctoral Thesis, Università degli Studi dell'Insubria, 2019).

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