Last week ISWA launched its latest publication “Waste Management Outlook for Mountain Regions”.This new publication is a cooperation with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) and GRID-Arendal.
The Waste Management Outlook for Mountain Regions follows on from last year’s Global Waste Management Outlook, which highlighted the need for a more specific focus on certain regions and landscapes.
Mountains are a fundamental aspect of our eco-systems; they play a role in supplying water, energy food and other services to the millions of people living in mountain regions and downstream. The global waste problem is affecting mountains as much as any region as a result of urbanisation, modern consumption, tourism and illegal dumping.
The waste hazards are not just restricted to the mountain regions, but the problems can be seen thousands of kilometers downstream, even into our oceans. “Mountains are a serious waste management challenge” said Keith Alverson, Director of the UN IETC last week at the launch of the publication in Vienna, Austria.