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Sustainable cities intervention

Monday, 25 March 2019 14:05 Written by 


The initiative enhanced the linkage between urban waste management and greening six cities across Ethiopia and with the assistance of Ethiopia in Uganda.


According to data, urban dwellers make up 18 percent of the population and migration into cities is expected to continue leading to more burdens in energy demands. These demands for energy in urban areas in the past led to forest and land degradation. Ethiopian cities have faced critical challenges in the management of solid waste value chain and in implementing and sustaining urban green infrastructure. Ethiopia is Africa’s second most populous country and plans to achieve a middle income country status with a carbon neutral economy by 2025. The new intervention seeks to target 17,000 hectares of land for afforestation, thus helping Ethiopia sequester significant greenhouse gas emissions.


Ethiopia and UNDP implemented an “intervention project” to enhance the linkage between urban waste management and greening six cities across Ethiopia and witht the assistance of Ethiopia in Uganda. Among others, practical lessons drawn and implemented in the areas of roof water harvesting in 6 compost facilities, Household waste segregation system and incentives introduces in 6 implementing cities; and practical windrow composting method that converts organic solid waste into valuable organic compost. UNDP facilitated south south knowledge sharing of this experience of Ethiopia with 4 cities in Uganda. 

The project was implemented under the program known as Creating Opportunity for Municipalities to Produce and Operationalize Solid Waste Transformation (COMPOST). It is a project designed to promote greater use of Integrated Solid Waste Management and Urban Green Infrastructure approaches in Ethiopian cities to assist the Government of Ethiopia in achieving its objectives of its Growth and Transformation Plan. Through this intervention, cities are supported to contribute to the reduction of Green House Gas emission and national targets in the Growth and Transformation Plan. This is being done by putting in place an integrated solid waste management complemented by a green urban infrastructure including greening cities and planting forests in peri urban areas. The project also helps address cities to address gaps in regulatory frameworks and institutional capacity needs. In addition to improving the quality of life in cities, investments in greening and peri-urban forests can help address threats from flash floods.

Provider Country: UNDP, Ethiopia

Beneficiary Country: Ethiopia, Uganda

Supported By: UNDP, GEF

Implementing Agency: Ministry of Urban Development and Construction

Project Status: On-going

Project Period: 2017-2022

Contact Person: Kidanua Abera, Programme Analyst – Energy and Low Carbon Development, UNDP Ethiopia, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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