Project description

The Project

Project description

The huge economic and industrial developments over the lashome1t decade in many Asian countries, combined with a rapid increase in urban populations, have put extreme pressure on their solid waste management systems. Even though much progress has been achieved, there is still work to do in order to identify and implement sustainable solutions for waste collection, recycling, treatment and disposal.  Experience over the last 30 years has shown that it is not enough to rely on technical solutions and that a more integrated approach is required.

The ISSOWAMA Coordination Action, funded by the European Commission under its FP7, aims to raise awareness of the Integrated and Sustainable Waste Management (ISWM) approach. This focuses on all the elements in the waste management system from generation to final disposal; on all the aspects, - social, institutional, legal, financial, economic environmental and technical; and on involving all the stakeholders at different levels; in order to ensure the effective implementation of a sustainable system.

ISSOWAMA uses the case study approach. Good practice home2examples are being sought out and documented in all the project countries in South Asia (Bangladesh, India), the Greater Mekong Sub-region (Cambodia, Thailand, China) and South East Asia (Indonesia and Philippines). These case studies will be used both to demonstrate the ISWM method, to showcase the wide variety of alternative approaches that have been adopted in the region and to draw out the lessons learned, in order  to help countries and cities select the appropriate next steps in developing their own integrated and sustainable solid waste management system.

ISSOWAMA will promote international cooperation between research organisations, universities and social and governmental stakeholders in solid waste management in both Asia and Europe. The experts in the ISSOWAMA network will also propose directions for further research and local implementation.

ISSOWAMA objectives

The specific objectives of the ISSOWAMA project are to:

  • Analyse the main constraints for implementing new concepts on solid waste management in Asia and identify common and urgent problems across the region.
  • Raise awareness of Integrated Sustainable Waste Management (ISWM) and build capacity for its widespread adoption in Asia.
  • Build sustainable capacity to make decisions about what technologies and services are appropriate and cost-effective as part of a local ISWM system.
  • Exemplify a wide range of suitable and feasible solutions for specific problems based on local case studies in Asian countries.
  • Bring together relevant Asian and European stakeholders on SWM in order to establish a permanent cooperation strategy among them.

Integrated Sustinable Waste Management (ISWM)

ISWM is a systems approach which recognises three important dimensions, which ALL need to be addressed when developing or changing a solid waste management system, in order for the new system to be sustainable. The dimensions, shown in the Figure, correspond to three key questions:

  1. The stakeholders – the people or organisations with a ‘stake’ or interest in solid waste management - who needs to be involved?
  2. The elements – the technical components of a waste management system - what needs to be done?
  3. The aspects which need to be considered as part of a sustainable solution – how to achieve the desired results?



Final Thematic Panel Discussion in Delhi

Asian and European Experts Join Hands to Address Solid Waste Burden in Asia

Panel discussion and site visit on 8-9th June 2011 in Delhi

Asian and European experts collaborate closely in the EU funded project ISSOWAMA to address Solid Waste Burden in Asia. During its final conference and a site visit on 8-9th June in Delhi guidelines for a more effective and sustainable waste management will be presented.


Bremerhaven/Delhi, May 2011. Asia is one of the world’s most densely populated regions with tremendous output of solid waste. Most of it is inadequately handled. Rapid urbanization in the region is creating an increasing strain on overburdened infrastructure, as well as higher demand on limited public services.

To address these issues, Asian and European experts have joined their forces to identify and overcome hurdles and practical difficulties. Their work has taken place in the form of a European Union funded project: ISSOWAMA has examined solid waste management issues of eight Asian countries, in order to develop a performance assessment system for integrated management scenarios. The consortium will meet on 8th and 9th of June 2011 for its final conference and a site visit (Ghazipur, East Delhi). On this occasion, some key outcomes and results will be discussed. The panel discussion on 8th June and a field visit the morning after are open for the press and all other stakeholders


The press and all other stakeholders are invited to join the thematic panel discussion on Wednesday, 8th June, and the filed visit in the morning of Thursday, 9th June (departure from Habitat/Oberoi Hotel!). Agenda enclosed. No fees.

Meeting Place panel discussion


India Habitat Centre

Lodhi Road

New Delhi 110003

Landfill Place         

Ghazipur, East Delhi

Operator: Municipal Corporation of Delhi

Schedule field visit to waste disposal on June 9th, 7.00 to 9.00am. Ghazipur, East Delhi

7 am: Departure to Landfill from Habitat/Oberoi Hotel

7: 30 am Reach Landfill

7:30 to 8:15: Time spent at Landfill  (45 mins). This will include a walk to the landfill base, introduction to the landfill area by Bharati Chaturvedi, an interaction with waste pickers working at the landfill, visit to one of their homes.

8:20 am: Return to Conference. As office hours will have begun, it might take longer, hence 8:20 am to 9 am is the estimated time. Note: 5 mins allocated for boarding the bus.

Agenda PDF

Registration and press contact in India:

Please register via e-mail: CLOAKING

Rakesh Johri

The Energy and Resources Institute

India Habitat Centre

Lodhi Road, New Delhi 110003

Tel.: (011) 24682100

Fax.: (011) 24682144

Press contact in the European Union:

Christian Colmer

Head of Communication and Media

ttz Bremerhaven                                         

Fischkai 1

D-27572 Bremerhaven (Germany)

Phone: +49 (0)471 48 32 -124

Fax:     +49 (0)471 48 32 - 129



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The consortium gathered for ISSOWAMA comprises leader organisations from European and Asian countries with years of proven experience in ISWM, universities, NGOs, municipalities, industrial associations and SMEs.

7. Framework Programme

FP7ISSOWAMA is a Coordination Action funded by the European Commission under the Seventh Framework Programme, specific program “Cooperation”.