Valuing Waste, Transforming Cities

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‘Valuing Waste, Transforming Cities’ provides guidance, lessons and recommendations on how to accomplish the paradigm shift from viewing waste as a problem to a valuable resource. It explores a low-cost, low-technology, community-based and decentralized waste-to-resource model called the ‘integrated resource recovery centre’. The publication articulates key lessons learned by ESCAP and its partners in establishing integrated resource recovery centres across cities in Asia and the Pacific since 2009. These lessons are grouped around four important areas for waste-to-resource initiatives: (i) partnerships; (ii) awareness raising and behaviour change; (iii) facilities management and operational performance; and (iv) replication and scaling up.



Kon Tum, Viet Nam

Kon Tum is a riverside town and the capital of Kon Tum Province in the highlands of Viet Nam. Surrounded by rich and diverse flora and fauna, it is popular with tourists, and tourism remains central to the local economy. Economic growth in Kon Tum Province is closely linked to the agricultural and forestry sector, relying on such products as coffee, rubber, pepper, cashew, pulp and wood. Kon Tum is the central trading town and distribution hub in the province. The provincial government set an economic growth rate target for the town of 11–16 per cent over the next five years, driven largely by industrial development.


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