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South Asian cities need to adapt to climate extreme events and work with their inhabitants to find a strategy to move away from the current urban culture of producing and haphazardly disposing large amounts of solid waste. This can be done by reducing the volume of waste produced, organizing dumping behaviour, improving waste collection systems, investing in drainage, replacing riverside and wetland dumping with engineered landfills, and identifying sustainable mechanisms to finance these improvements in waste management.
The project ‘Economic Analysis of Solid Waste Management and Drainage for Climate Resilient Cities in South Asia,’ seeks to generate the knowledge required to improve the resilience of South Asian cities—Bharatpur in Nepal and Sylhet in Bangladesh—to climate change through improved waste management, and help cope with the issues of waterlogging and flooding that are expected to get worse with climate change and urban growth.
The project is underway through a research grant from the International Development Research Centre (IDRC), a Crown Corporation of the Government of Canada.
Cities and climate change research
ठोस फोहोर–मैला व्यवस्थापन र ढल निकासको अर्थशास्त्र: दक्षिण एशियाली शहरहरु लाई जलवायु –समानुकुलन बनाउने दीगो प्रयत्न [The economics of solid waste management and drainage: Sustainable approaches to making South Asian cities climate-resilient] (2019)
The economics of solid waste management and drainage: Sustainable approaches to making South Asian cities climate-resilient (2019)