Launch of Emergency Solid Waste Management Assistance in Taizz

Jan 24, 2016

 

UNDP launched an emergency solid waste management response targeting the districts of Salh, Al Qahirah and Al Mudhaffar in Taizz Governorate. This assistance will provide emergency employment opportunity for 30 work days to 250 vulnerable youth at risk, 195 men and 55 women, and restore disrupted solid waste removal services. The intervention will also strengthen the operational capacity of the Cleanliness Fund by rehabilitating its fleet through the provision of spare parts and tools.

Across the country, solid waste collection and disposal has largely stopped since the escalation of conflict in March 2015 – with dire health-related consequences. In partnership with Disaster Waste Recovery (DWR), UNDP led an emergency waste assessment across six governorates during July and August 2015 to investigate the impact of the current crisis on the waste management cycle, current waste management practices, and immediate areas for support.

The key findings showed a reduction in the capacity of local authorities to sufficiently provide and finance waste management services as well as lack of human and transportation resources to collect waste from all dump sites in the assessed governorates. Fuel shortages led to waste accumulation in the streets, reduction in waste collection frequency and the use of improvised alternative disposal sites. This was particularly exacerbated in Taizz where street fighting erupted and constrained access.

“It was quite a shock to see the uncollected garbage piled up in streets of the Taizz enclave as landfill sites were not accessible.  This poses a serious health and environmental issues and needs to be addressed”, said Mr Jamie McGoldrick, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Humanitarian Coordinator who recently visited Taizz.

“I lost my job in April and received no assistance since the war started. For many months we asked money from relatives but it is not sufficient. Now, I will get back to work and earn income to afford food and medicine for my family,” said Muhammed, 28 year-old resident of Al Qahirah district in Taizz.

This intervention which is supported by United Nations Development Programme and United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) will have a directly benefit to 1,750 family members, and the expected solid waste management impact will reach an estimated 460,000 people affected by the conflict.

 

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Contact information

 

For additional information, please contact Farah Abdessamad, Programme Specialist in Sana’a (Mobile: +967 712221959, farah.abdessamad@undp.org), Rasha Alshargabi, Field Coordinator in Taizz (Mobile: +967 712221956, rasha.alshargabi@undp.org) or Fuad Hazaea, Communications Specialist in Sana’a (Mobile: +967 712221686, fuad.hazaea@undp.org).