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Empowering Women One Community At A Time: Recycling Of The Municipal Waste Through Biogas Production And Composting
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In 1990, a group of sixteen women from Lalitpur, Nepal started collecting waste from the neighboring 50 households. This initiative lead to the establishment of the organization called Women Environment Protection Committee (WEPCO). By 2004, waste collection expanded to 1000 households, wherein WEPCO had to manage 4-5 tonnes of waste daily. The main guiding principles of the project are ‘polluters must pay’ and ‘waste is resource’. With financing from SGP, the initiative was able to adopt a strategy in managing waste at source (within households) and further increase the number of households involved. WEPCO demonstrated that the conversion of waste to biogas is an innovative way to reduce waste and generate energy, thereby reducing demand. This community-based project has not only provided environmental benefits but socio-economic as well: awareness-raising and training, particularly young people and generation of income, improving the livelihood of the members of the community.
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UNDP ,   (2010 )
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Bulletin or Poster in English
Keywords:
WASTES, HOUSEHOLDS, ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION, TRAINING PROGRAMMES, INDIGENOUS PEOPLES, WASTE MANAGEMENT, SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT, FERTILIZERS, CROPS, PRODUCTION, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE, URBANIZATION, PUBLIC INSTITUTIONS, RECYCLING, BIOGAS, COOPERATIVES, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION, GENDER EQUALITY, WOMEN ADVANCEMENT, POVERTY MITIGATION, HUNGER, LEADERSHIP
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 UNDP : Social and Institutional Developoment
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05.10.00  -  Waste Disposal
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