Goree Island Composting Project, Dakar
This project is transforming micro-gardening in the district through the repair and redesign of an unused system of sorting and composting. The project includes all levels of participants in households, schools, public institutions and commercial infrastructure. It is a partnership with the municipality and a local NGO partner, Institut Africain de Gestion Urbaine (IAGU).
Using community surveys, much effort was made at the outset of this project to understand the perceptions and needs of the public related to micro-gardening and composting. Outreach activities also played a key role in preparing the community through information sessions and public meetings. Through these activities a full appreciation of the needs and potential outcomes of the project developed.
Training in waste separation has involved approximately 150 of the 200 households on Goree Island.
Durban Informal Recylers Project
In Durban South Africa, Sustainable Cities International has been funding demonstration projects to pilot ideas which enhance the sustainability and livability of the city. Asiye eTafuleni, a local NGO, works with informal recyclers in the inner city to promote their legitimacy and build dignity. They do this by facilitating organization of the recyclers, designing carts to facilitate the collection of recyclables, giving recyclers uniforms to improve their presentation, and running a Friends of the Recyclers Program which aims to improve the relationship between the recyclers and local businesses. The project has been successful in increasing the recyclers' weekly income, improving co-operation among recyclers, and lifting their ability to interact with other members of the public. In the next phase of the project, Asiye eTafuleni will be working with the recyclers to identify public space issues and designing creative infrastructure solutions to help integrate the informal recyclers into the city.
Dar es Salaam Community-Based Waste Management
More than 70 percent of Dar es Salaam's residents live in unplanned settlements. Waste collection in these areas is difficult and many residents simply burn their household garbage or dump it along roadsides or rivers. However, much of the household waste in unplanned areas is collected by small-scale community-based organizations. These groups consist mainly of youth who collect waste by push cart. More than half of the household waste produced in Dar is organic, so there is a largely untapped resource being trucked to the dump every day. This waste has the potential to be turned into high quality compost that can be sold locally to Dar's urban farming community.
Centering Women in Reconstruction and Governance
This project began when one of the communities that SCI was working with as part of an urban greening project was wiped out during the 2006 tsunami. Fortunately, no lives were lost, but the entire settlement's houses were gone. SCI leveraged individual donations into a CIDA-funded reconstruction project to ensure that women had a say in the reconstruction of their communities, and improve municipal governance in two tsunami affected cities, Moratuwa and Matara. The project mobilized local women to participate in decision making about their communities and reconstruction, training them in various livelihood skills, particularly those such as urban greening that enhance the environment, and building networks of women sharing their experiences in post disaster reconstruction.
Empowering Women in Post Disaster Reconstruction in Turkey
Following the Marmara earthquake in 1999, SCI worked with the Foundation for the Support of Women's Work (FSWW), to strengthen their efforts at bringing women into the decision-making process in the reconstruction of their communities. The project also involved a grassroots exchange between Swayam Shikshan Prayog (SSP), an Indian NGO that implemented a similar project after the earthquake in India 2 years prior. These two NGOs subsequently formed a UN type II partnership on community resilience to disasters, and worked together in providing disaster relief during the 2001 Gujerat earthquake.
Enhancing Sustainable Milk Production
This was a one-year demonstration project in Havana Province, in which Canadian dairy farmers shared their experience in herd management with Cuban farmers to increase milk production from sustainable, pasture-based dairy units.
The project doubled milk production at the local cooperative farm (CPA) and, as the project's grass/legume rotational pastures become more established, further production increases are anticipated. This project improved income earned by cooperative members from milk production. Changes made in farm management practices at the co-operative have meant that fewer cows suffer from mastitis, calf pneumonia, or other herd related illnesses, meaning that farmers no longer have to invest in expensive medical care or for the purchase of new healthy dairy cows. The introduction of a women's calf brigade increased the economic value and status of women's work at the CPA. This project won the AMEC Award for Sustainable Development of Natural Resources or Environmental Protection in the 2007 Canadian Awards for International Cooperation.
Sri Lanka Urban Greening Partnership Program
This project introduced and enhanced urban agriculture in three cities in Sri Lanka as a strategy to reduce poverty and enhance the environment. The "Greening Package" involved capacity building, community environmental management and income generation, targeted particularly at women.
As a result, 300 home gardens were created, and home composting programs in 100 homes in Matale, Moratuwa and Badulla were set up. The Moratuwa Municipal Council created a separate budget line for Urban Greening in 2006, and the Council now requires that all newly constructed buildings incorporate green space into their design.
Urban Greening in Bangkok
Sustainable Cities worked with communities and the local government to rehabilitate two areas in downtown Bangkok with plants and trees. Community residents were engaged in developing their own 'green plan' for their neighbourhood, and then cleaned up derelict areas and planted vegetables, herbs and flowers. They improved their own nutrition, saved money on buying food and grew sufficient produce to sell or share with others in the community. In addition, the project empowered local residents to participate in community affairs by getting people involved in stakeholder engagement processes.
South East Asian Solid Waste Improvement Project (SEALSWIP)
The South-East Asian Solid Waste Improvement Project (SEALSWIP) was undertaken from 1997 -2001, working with six cities (Hat Yai and Udon Thani in Thailand; Iloilo and Bacolod in the Philippines; and Rantepao and Makale, Tana Toraja in Indonesia). In each city, a stakeholder committee of local government, private sector and NGO representatives was convened to identify priorities and come up with action plans to improve municipal waste management. Sustainable Cities supported the stakeholder groups with technical and project management expertise and provided funding for demonstration projects related to municipal solid waste management.
SCI African Urban Sustainability Program
Planning some of the most dynamic and rapidly changing environments in urban areas in Africa is a challenge. The SCI African Urban Sustainability Program focuses on this challenge. Active in Dakar, Senegal, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania and Durban, South Africa, we work to bring mayors and councils of each city and its municipalities along with their staff and local NGOs to work together to develop stronger processes and outcomes for improving the quality of life for their citizens.