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Regional Working Group: Public Awareness, Education and Community Participation for SWM

Regional Working Group: Public Awareness, Education and Community Participation for SWM
Thursday, March 1, 2012
GIZ / SWEEP-Net
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Solid waste will always be considered a burden rather than a resource or business opportunity, unless public perceptions and attitudes are changed, therefore leading to behavioral changes among the communities at stake. The only way to achieve this change is through increasing and improving public awareness and education as well as promoting community participation in all stages of waste management.
There are different ways to improve Public Awareness, Education and Community Participation (PAECP), using classical tools (schools, brochures, door-to-door, etc.) or more innovative tools mostly relying on the media (TV spots, billboards, practical exercises, etc.). SWEEP-Net partner countries have varying levels of experience in this domain, some showing advances in topics addressed and methods used while others still suffering from gaps and shortcomings. For this, SWEEP-Net launched in 2011 a regional working group to discuss pertinent initiatives in the network’s different partner countries and to come up with the best ways to approach decision makers in these countries, in order to draw attention to, and improve Public Awareness, Education and Community Participation. The group included representatives from prominent NGOs as well as environmental specialists from the SWEEP-Net partner countries

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