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Centering Women in Reconstruction and Governance

women governanceThis 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.

Sri Lanka Urban Greening Partnership Program

urban green1This 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

bangkok1Sustainable 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)

sealswip1The 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.

Phuket Waste Management

The spectacular Island-Province of Phuket is a prime tourist destination in southern Thailand. However, the area was overwhelmed with garbage, which was simply piled beyond the boundaries of its largest town. Local authorities were eager to improve on this practice and so, starting in 1994, with the encouragement of the Thai government, Sustainable Cities helped local authorities to find the first stepping stones to sustainable solid waste management. This meant changes in both the physical logistics and the institutional framework for managing waste. Sustainable Cities brought the public and private sectors together to tackle solid waste problems and involved everyone from the Mayor to the waste scavengers.