The 'Caribbean Local Authorities: Sustainable waste management for a better
life-REVIME' project which was carried out between May 2010 and April 2014,
involved 10 different professional sectors including 50,000 people with
a total investment of approximately 2.650,000 Euro. As a partner of the
international cooperation project REVIME, we needed to establish the same
level of information which we all held, in order to promote the full understanding
of the context in which to operate by engaging stakeholders, by the resources
available, by building relationships and by implementing rules.
We were faced with complex and different realities and many different points of view, so we believed that an in-depth analysis and activity summery would have benefited the next phrase of the project. In addition, we thought it appropriate that the objectives of the project must be the same because we wanted to understand how the recycling process would have been accepted by several users of the recycling plan.
For this purpose, since the beginning of the project we exchanged knowledge and skills through a complex comparison process. Similarly various relationships, like diverse and multiple professionalisms, were critical to the project in order to design, plan, organise and realise the recycling project in all three cities.
We characterised project REVIME using a number of activities which were
all different in order to realise the recycling plan in all three cities.
The necessary planning took place with periodic meetings on a local and
international level and local organisers were also involved. (stakeholders)
We adopted a standard methodology, where possible, to decide on the areas
affected by the pilot scheme, the transfer site and the users involved
both by type and number of individuals.
In the same way, the legal and regulatory aspects were defined with the aim of finding common ground in order to standardise the recycling service and make the system transferable in different contexts. The contribution of each partner was fundamental when managing the financial element. It allowed the financial sustainability of each plan once the project had finished and it ensured the continuation of recycling in each city. This constant exchange of knowledge and skills made it possible to develop the recycling plans for La Habana and Santa Domingo and to create raising awareness programs for each of the three cities based on general guide lines.