Effectively managing solid waste in Mediterranean coastal tourist destinations

on 16 November 2011.

The island of Krk in Croatia was the host of a three-day Horizon 2020 sub-regional training (4 – 6 October 2011) on integrated solid waste management in coastal areas. 22 trainees from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro attended the course in order to deepen their understanding and develop their skills in strategic planning of waste management systems in Mediterranean coastal tourist destinations.

The objective of the course, was to equip the trainees appropriately in order to be able to make a diagnostic review of the current status of waste produced in the tourism sector, understand municipal waste management challenges in tourist destinations, appraise the relevant key issues (technical, environmental, economic, safety, health, cultural and social), appraise the environmental, social and economic benefits of improved waste management in tourism areas, explain the reasoning behind the choices made and finally assess and clarify the role, responsibility and duties of local authorities regarding the implementation of a tourism waste management plan.

The workshop was participatory and interactive, with pre-assignments, exercises, site visits and audiovisuals. Making the most of the learning opportunities offered on the island of Krk, the trainees visited the island’s special collection systems, recycling center, composting unit and landfill.   

Organized by the Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+) under the Horizon 2020 Capacity Building component, the workshop was enriched by the contributions of Croatian officials, local expertise and even the hotel’s experience! Read more here