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Africa Waste Management Ootlook

UN environnement
ISBN : ISBN No : 978-92-807-3704-2
2018

29 novembre 2018

Africa is the world’s second largest continent after Asia, with a total surface area of 30,365,000 km2, including several islands. It stretches approximately from 37 degrees latitude north to 35 degrees latitude south and has 54 sovereign countries (48 mainland and 6 island States). It is bounded by the Mediterranean Sea to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west, the Red Sea to the northeast and the Indian Ocean to the east. Africa’s population was estimated at 1.26 billion in 2017 (UNDESA 2017). Although Africa as a whole has a major development aspiration in the broader context of a global and continental economic development agenda,individual African countries are increasingly facing development challenges. Waste management is one of them. As the following chapters will show, while different countries face different issues, there are common waste management challenges that could be solved using the teachings and practices of other African countries. The Africa Waste Management Outlook (WMO) is therefore intended to highlight both the challenges and the possible solutions for sustainable waste management in Africa, and to provide opportunities for countries to learn from what others in Africa are doing.