Emergency waste assessment in Yemen conducted by Disaster Waste Recovery (DWR)
By himalikiran on 15 Oct 2015
DWR has over July and August carried out an in-depth Emergency Waste Assessment in six governorates of Yemen in partnership with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).
Due to the intensity of shelling and street-level fighting, it was impossible for DWR to deploy experts directly to the affected areas. Instead, a purpose-built data collection tool was built by Ben Grundy and deployed onto phones and tablets of UNDP and partner staff already on the ground. The tool enabled Olmo Forni, an experienced disaster waste expert, to analyse the situation accurately and recommend interventions in different areas based on specific needs. Some of these recommendations are:
1. Emergency employment programs within local authorities who have struggled to retain their staff during the crisis;
2. Repair and rehabilitation of damaged waste collection vehicle fleets where these have been stolen or damaged by the warring parties;
3. Dumpsite improvement works where uncontrolled landfill fires have been reported;
4. Healthcare waste management resumption in Sana’a where a World Bank funded treatment facility is ready to start operations;
5. Recycling reactivation through power generating equipment donation to small and medium waste traders.
For any more information on DWR’s work in Yemen, you can contact Olmo Forni, an experienced disaster waste expert, who is based in Amman on [email protected].