The Economics of Solid Waste Management and Drainage: A Sustainable Approach to Making South Asian Cities Climate-Resilient.
Mountain Knowledge and Action Networks (MKAN), SANDEE
ICIMOD and Bharatpur
01 October 2018 to 03 October 2018
Flooding and extreme rain events are major threats from climate change in South Asia, particularly in cities. The effects of climate-driven heavy rainfall and storm surges are exacerbated in urban centres because of inadequate drainage systems for managing run-off, and improper dumping of municipal solid waste in the drainage system and surrounding areas. Vulnerable cities are at immediate risk of loss of lives, assets and infrastructure, and loss of productivity as a result of disease outbreaks caused by waterlogged drains and contaminated drinking water. To enable waste to be managed under circumstances of extreme or frequent flooding and heavy rainfall, cities will need to become more resilient.
Against this backdrop, ICIMOD’s South Asian Network for Development and Environmental Economics (SANDEE), in collaboration with the Asian Center for Development (ACD), Bangladesh, and Institute of Water Modeling (IWM), Bangladesh, is organizing a one-day review workshop of ongoing research at the ICIMOD headquarters in Kathmandu on 1 October 2018. A similar review workshop will also be held in Chitwan on 3 October, in collaboration with the office of the Bharatpur Metropolitan City.
The ongoing research on “The Economics of Solid Waste Management and Drainage: Sustainable Approach to Making South Asian Cities Climate-Resilient,” falls under the wider theme of “Climate Change and Cities (CCC).” The main objectives of this workshop are: