Collaboration between Local Authorities and civil society for a new governance in environmental management, with focus on quality of life in the cities in which we live and on the disposal of municipal solid waste: this is the focus of the EU-funded project “SWM in Myanmar”.
City governments of Torino and Yangon, in the wake of a path of mutual cooperation that was undertaken already some time ago, have initiated a cooperation programme that brings the greatest metropolis in Myanmar to make use of the expertise of Torino and Amiat in the management of municipal solid waste. This expertise is complemented by the contribution of Ithaca as regards the introduction of the most modern means of satellite navigation for the optimization of waste collection routes.
Last but not least, the Bergamo-based NGO CESVI, already established since 20 years in Myanmar, combines its expertise in training with in-depth knowledge of Yangon and its territory, to provide components of training and empowerment for the benefit of three townships Yangon which alone account for more than 700 thousand inhabitants.
The European Union is supporting the project through the recognition of the role of Local Authorities and civil society as development actors: closer relationships between peoples and States go through the cooperation frameworks promoted by Governments and through the creation of conditions conducive to dialogue, but operationally relationships are translated into action following the needs expressed by citizens and grass-root actors. Turin, Yangon, Ithaca and Cesvi have promptly understood and seized the opportunity provided by the European Union and Myanmar, giving way to an innovative form of cooperation based on simple ingredients: a local government attentive to the needs of citizens, a healthier environment where everyone can live and work peacefully, training and awareness-raising activities for the benefit of citizens.
Here below a report video realized by the Myanmar TV on the occasion of the school awareness campaign conducted last week in an high school in Yangon (click here to read the article)