Support Community Action Against Trash and Waste for clean Environment
Municipal waste management is underdeveloped in Afghanistan cities and highly dependent on informal and unsanitary dumping. This has resulted in large amounts of solid waste accumulated on roadsides, back yards, drains, rivers, and open places representing a significant environmental hazard contributing to urban flooding and water contamination. As a result, areas with high levels of waste see increased rates of diarrhea and respiratory infections. This problem is especially acute in major cities like Kabul, which has experienced rapid urban growth due to a large number of returnees and new urban dwellers and the increase in waste from growing economic activity. The main causes are the absence of an effective strategy to deal with the problem, the municipality's lack of capacity to respond, and the lack of knowledge from the population on the consequences of incorrect waste disposal and management. The lack of awareness on solid waste recycling could be attributed to the inability of municipalities to educate the population and carry out adequate public awareness campaigns. Unfortunately, that could result in serious adverse effects on solid waste management systems and activities as incorrect knowledge and little participation of the people could render the underlying objectives of these activities unachievable.
BRD intends to conduct a 3-days seminar to raise awareness and educate the Afghan youth on the key environmental problems and hazards of different types of waste and trash and the consequences to health and nature from incorrect disposal and management. Additionally, the project will focus on clarifying their roles and responsibilities in promoting a clean environment. The awareness and education seminar will provide Afghan youth with the appropriate knowledge, skills, and ethical commitments to engage critically in decision-making and act on current and emerging environmental and development problems.