Waste Initiative Network of Southeast European, Middle Eastern, and Central Asian Cities Successfully Launches in Serbia

Climate and Clean Air Coalition (CCAC) and ISWA RDN SEMEM launched the CCAC City Network for Southeast European, Middle Eastern, and Central Asian Cities as a part of CCAC Municipal Solid Waste Initiative.

6 Apr 2018 -

The launch event took place during a workshop organized in Novi Sad between 21-23 of March and was hosted by SeSWA (ISWA National Member from Serbia), which is the CCAC implementer for the City Network and acts as the Secretariat.


The list of countries and participating cities included Serbia (Novi Sad, Backi Petrovac, Vrbas, Beocin, Krusevac, Aleksandrovac, Cicevac); BiH (Bijeljina), Montenegro (Herceg Novi), Albania (Kazma), Macedonia (Kumanovo), Turkey (Istanbul), Romania (Iași), UEA (Sharjah), Israel (Tel Aviv), Kazakhstan (Astana) and Muscat (Oman).


The respective city representatives including small and medium-sized municipalities but also technical staff of waste management units, landfill managers and operators heard presentations from RDN SESEM experts on the current situation of municipal waste management in BiH (Mr Dragan Lazic, Mr Dejan Ubavin), Romania (Mr. Alexei Atudorei) and Serbia (Mrs Masa Sasic, Mr Dusan Milovanovic, Mr Vladimir Mrkajic) and future projects.


Expert panel from CCAC (Mrs Yerbun Gurgoz, Mr Joe Donahue, Mr Chris Godlove, Mr Marco Ricci) talked about the benefits of participating in the initiative, which included: access to platform for sharing know-how and promote successful MSW management experience, access to resources and information on best practices; capacity-building; potential technical support to develop sustainable waste management plans; access to an expert network and specific tools (Municipal Solid Waste Knowledge Platform, City Assessment Tool, Solid Waste Emissions Estimation Tool - SWEET, OrganEcs, Anaerobic Digestion Project Screening Tool, Landfill Gas Project Screening Tool, Financing Readiness Evaluation and Primer for Accessing Financing).


"There is a need for such a network in the Region because cities are the primary actors for municipal services (waste management), municipal waste management is a key contributor to GHG emissions, and therefore working with cities is essential for Short Lived Climate Pollutants (SLCP) mitigation", concluded Mr Gorav Vujic from SeSWA at the end of the workshop.


The second invitation-only CCAC Waste Initiative Southeastern Europe, the Middle East and Central Asia City Network CCAC Regional Municipal Solid Waste Workshop will be taking place in June at the University of Novi Sad, Serbia. As the second workshop of a two-part series, this meeting will offer participants support to develop solid financial proposals for solid waste management projects that integrate a strong component of SLCP mitigation. This workshop will work to facilitate direct interaction with global climate and infrastructure finance organizations including GIZ, EBRD, EIB, SIDA, UNDP, and others.

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