Solid waste management project in Cox’s Bazar

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United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Sweden has penned an agreement to launch a USD 4.8 million project to introduce a sustainable system of solid waste management in Cox’s Bazar.

The agreement to implement “Sustainable Solutions to Solid Waste: A Local Response to the Rohingya crisis in Bangladesh” was signed by Anders Ohrstrom, Deputy Head of Mission, Embassy of Sweden and Sudipto Mukerjee, Country Director, UNDP Bangladesh on 29 August in Cox’s Bazar.

The project aims to address solid waste management, which is one of the biggest but overlooked challenges faced by the Rohingya refugees and also by the marginalised crisis-affected host community in Ukhiya and Teknaf upazilas of Cox’s Bazar, since the influx in August 2017, which added extra 700,000 people to the community.

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It is estimated that over 10,000 ton or around 22,000 cubic meter of waste is being produced per month in the area, which does not have a functioning solid waste management system, posing new health and environmental hazards.

The added pressure of new constructions and sudden spike in population has rendered this area with existing climate vulnerabilities to one of crisis.

The 3-year long project will contribute to environmental protection, prevention of diseases, promotion of hygiene and proper sanitary standards, income generation for host community and support waste reduction and recycling.

Lisa Andersson, First Secretary for Environment and Climate Change of the Swedish Embassy, Sonia Mehzabeen, Operations Manager of UNDP Bangladesh, Trond Husby, Head of Cox’s Bazar Sub-Office, Mir Ali Asgar, Programme Management Adviser and Ewelina Pusz, Programme Support Manager of UNDP were  also present during the signing ceremony.

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