Under these premises, the specific objectives of IWWA are:
- To collect and analyze relevant information that is required for proper Solid Waste Management (SWM) planning and decision-making processes;
- To identify the stakeholders participating in the waste chain, their strategies, their interaction and their contribution to the improvement of the SWM.
- To identify policy and technology options for ISWM systems which are adapted to the regional situation of target countries.
- To develop tools for the implementation of tailored action plans and systems by the regional and national authorities.
- To provide training for environmental specialists, to increase the environmental awareness of the public and to bring about effective public participation in SWM.
The tools to be developed in IWWA will empower stakeholders in two ways: 1) providing technological and organizational solutions which are adapted to their necessities; and 2) setting up the basis of a legal framework which enables and promotes the implementation of improved and sustainable solid waste management systems.
Through participatory workshops IWWA will involve all relevant stakeholders in the waste chain (including Community Based Organisations), ensuring that the solutions developed within the project framework are adapted to real necessities in target countries. In addition the project will build local capacities through specific capacity building activities where key stakeholders will be trained in the decision making tools developed in IWWA.
IWWA will focus its activities on four target countries: Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria and Senegal. As a representative sample of western African countries, IWWA also seeks to provide synergies for the establishment of ISWM across the region while raising public awareness.