Walvis Bay: Solving solid waste challenges
Forbes made the remarks at an ordinary council meeting last week. According to him, council received an unsolicited turnkey waste-to-energy plant proposal from a Finnish company (through the Finnish Embassy), that promises to provide an innovative solution for the town's solid waste landfill challenges and associated environmental and socio-economic problems.
"Walvis Bay municipal council is making strides in global environmental management as we managed to receive funding to host a mini-COP in our town hall, localising the international stocktake event ahead of COP28 in Dubai. Under the banner of #Stocktake4ClimateEmergency, hundreds of other cities, towns, and regions were invited to host events throughout 2023 that provide an official contribution to the Paris Agreement’s Global Stocktake – essentially turning our city halls into mini-COP venues".
Forbes said Walvis Bay is one of the successful applicants of ten cities or regions across the global south to be supported to host local stocktake events.
"The Global South Support Funding is provided by Local Governments for Sustainability (ICLEI) in its capacity as the focal point of the Local Governments and Municipal Authorities (LGMA) Constituency. The proposed turnkey solution offered can serve the entire Erongo Region and beyond due to its fuel requirements."
"The next step is to invite all vital main stakeholders, such as the Office of the Governor, Erongo regional council, local authorities, Erongo RED, relevant ministries, and local private companies, as well as the Finnish proponent, to an inception workshop to introduce, brainstorm, obtain in-principle buy-in, and pave the way forward towards the realisation of an Erongo Waste-to-Energy Plant in Walvis Bay. Your support for this noble practice will help put our town and region on the national and global environmental management map," Forbes added.
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