This is the country report of Mauritania.The total generation of MSW in Mauritania was estimated at 454,000 tons in 2009. Mauritania is subject to a Saharan-type climate. Therefore, MSW comprise a large proportion of sand. In spite of the legal and institutional arsenal for SWM developed for the country, the sector suffers from an alarming backwardness. The sector still suffers from numerous weaknesses, including: - a lack of planning in line with a strategic, sustainable vision of waste management; - a lack of population involvement; - a lack of skilled human resources.