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ACR+ member ENT published an article “The role of environmental organizations on urban transformation – The case of waste management in Esporles (Mallorca)”, which has been included in the Journal of Cleaner Production.

The study explores and examines the role of grassroots environmental organisations in promoting various waste management schemes aimed at reducing the impact of waste production at a local level. Focusing on the Spanish municipality of Esporles, in the Balearic island of Mallorca, the authors investigate the ways participatory forums contribute to the increased involvement and engagement among residents in the implementation of waste management policies.

The municipality of Esporles introduced and implemented the first unit-pricing (UP) scheme in Spain, making the municipality a countrywide icon of environmental-friendly urban transformation. Due to its success, the scheme quickly became a model for other Spanish municipalities with regard to designing and developing local waste management solutions.

Findings from the research demonstrate that increasing participation and involvement of local residents in public consultations and debates can effectively support the design and implementation of more sustainable waste management policies. In addition, findings illustrate that local authorities can empower residents in transforming urban environment through changing their behaviours and practices towards waste management.

The role of grassroots environmental organisations is an important one in developing innovative instruments and delivering effective environmental policies addressed at local waste management, that facilitate achieving sustainable urban transformation.

Source: http://ent.cat


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