Skopje, Macedonia -- The Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe (NALAS) is starting a project on Development of a Cost and Financing Model in Solid Waste Management with an aim to improve the methodological and organizational framework for the establishment of sustainable refinancing systems in the field of solid waste management in the NALAS operational region of South Eastern Europe.
A key problem of solid waste management in South Eastern Europe - NALAS argues - can be seen in the fact that the knowledge about “waste chains” from waste creation to final landfill including the different environmental impacts is incomplete, in other words: the “physical model” of solid waste management is incomplete or partially unknown. As a consequence, the costs of the different components - as far as these are known - cannot be estimated with the needed exactitude (core problem). Unknown environmental impacts of insufficient waste treatment (for example pollution of groundwater) which are not addressed today may cause significant financial repercussions in some years.
The incomplete physical model and the incompletely defined cost structure causes gaps and distortions in the refinancing basis of solid waste management. According to NALAS, there is neither a solid basis for defining tariffs nor can the need for budget allocations be defended. It may happen that certain components are under-financed while others are over-financed. The deficits in the financing system hamper the delivery of services in solid waste management
So, for this Development Project NALAS publishes the following two terms of reference:
* Terms of Reference for External consultant services (Regional Expert) on the project Development of a Cost and Financing Model in Solid Waste Management
* Invitation to NALAS members to participate in the project Development of a Cost and Financing Model in Solid Waste Management. Quelle: Network of Associations of Local Authorities of South-East Europe (NALAS)