Naga City Sustainable Urban Resource Management (SURM) Project

Completed: 2021
Prepared by: Joanaviva C. Plopenio, Jay P. Abawag
Funding Agency: United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific

The Naga City Project “Localizing the 2030 Agenda through a Sustainable Urban Resource Management (SURM)” was conducted because of the more than one-decade-long problem of solid waste management. This is perceived as a threat to the life span of the new sanitary landfill, a scenario that will put the health of the people in Naga at risk especially if a natural calamity hits the city. In this project, the Institute for Environmental Conservation and Research (INECAR) of Ateneo de Naga University (ADNU), together with the City Planning and Development Office (CPDO) and Solid Waste Management Office (SWMO) of the City Government of Naga and the Naga City People’s Council (NCPC) implemented the project with the following objectives:

In general, the project intends to strengthen the capacities of local governments and other key urban stakeholders to implement the 2030 Agenda in the area of urban resource management by minimizing the negative and maximizing the positive environmental, social, and economic impacts of urban consumption and production systems. Specifically, it aims to achieve the following: 1) to undertake stakeholder engagement activities to encourage greater participation from them, especially in the Informal Waste Sector in coming up with a solution to the current problem of solid wastes; 2) it also seeks to gather information from the ground to better understand the situation of households when it comes to solid waste management; and 3) it aims to provide innovative solution/s through a pilot project that is sustainable, backed by data and correspond to the SDGs. The project also follows the framework introduced by the UNESCAP regarding Sustainable Development during its conduct.

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