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Governance challenges and opportunities for implementing resource recovery from organic waste streams in urban areas of Latin America: insights from Chía, Colombia

García Aguilar, Mónica Carlota and Jaramillo, Juan Felipe and Ddiba, Daniel and Paez, Diana Carolina and Rueda, Hector and Andersson, Kim and Dickin, Sarah (2022). Governance challenges and opportunities for implementing resource recovery from organic waste streams in urban areas of Latin America: insights from Chía, Colombia. Sustainable Production and Consumption. 30 , 53-63
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Abstract

Across the globe, there is increasing interest in implementing circular approaches to urban sanitation and waste management to mitigate environmental challenges and promote sustainable business opportunities. In Latin America where 80% of the population live in urban areas, there is limited investigation into the enabling factors and governance barriers that are critical to implementing circular economy strategies in urban areas. This paper aims at assessing the governance capacity to implement resource recovery from organic waste streams in the municipality of Chía, Colombia, through applying the Governance Capacity Framework in a participatory process with local stakeholders. The findings highlight the importance of local initiatives for resource recovery that allow experimentation, raise awareness and foster collaboration, as well as mechanisms available for public participation in decision-making processes as enabling factors. Meanwhile, the inadequate monitoring and assessment of environmental strategies and policies, inadequate sharing of information among stakeholders and the relative low awareness of potential benefits of recovering resources from organic waste streams, especially among public sector actors, emerge as key barriers. Beyond Chía, the results provide insights on crucial factors for ensuring sufficient governance capacity in other urban areas in low- and middle-income countries which are considering circular approaches to urban sanitation and waste management. The findings also provide an empirical basis to advance the understanding of the governance conditions necessary for implementing resource recovery from organic waste streams, upon which further applications of the governance capacity framework along with participatory aspects in other similar urban contexts could build.

Authors/Creators:García Aguilar, Mónica Carlota and Jaramillo, Juan Felipe and Ddiba, Daniel and Paez, Diana Carolina and Rueda, Hector and Andersson, Kim and Dickin, Sarah
Title:Governance challenges and opportunities for implementing resource recovery from organic waste streams in urban areas of Latin America: insights from Chía, Colombia
Series Name/Journal:Sustainable Production and Consumption
Year of publishing :2022
Volume:30
Page range:53-63
Number of Pages:11
Language:English
Publication Type:Research article
Article category:Scientific peer reviewed
Version:Published version
Full Text Status:Public
Subjects:(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 2 Engineering and Technology > 207 Environmental Engineering > Environmental Management
(A) Swedish standard research categories 2011 > 5 Social Sciences > 506 Political Science > Public Administration Studies
Keywords:Environmental governance, Circular economy, Resource recovery, Organic waste, Sanitation, Sustainable urban development
URN:NBN:urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116659
Permanent URL:
http://urn.kb.se/resolve?urn=urn:nbn:se:slu:epsilon-p-116659
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Type of IDID
DOI10.1016/j.spc.2021.11.025
Web of Science (WoS)000789402300001
Scopus2-s2.0-85121012115
ID Code:28377
Faculty:NJ - Fakulteten för naturresurser och jordbruksvetenskap
Department:(NL, NJ) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
(LTJ, LTV) > Dept. of Urban and Rural Development
Deposited By: SLUpub Connector
Deposited On:17 Jun 2022 10:25
Metadata Last Modified:17 Jun 2022 10:31

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