Inadequate waste disposal is one of the biggest problems of countries of Southeast Europe, including Serbia. Organized and well-thought out system of waste management would achieve positive economic effects and reduce the negative impact on the environment and people’s health.
Therefore, it is a great honour that Novi Sad will host the ISWA 2016 World Congress, which will contribute to the general environmental awareness of citizens, as well as to the promotion of environmental values and culture, so we could raise awareness of each citizen to consider waste an energy resource and raw material. ISWA World Congress is an opportunity for Novi Sad to affirm itself as a socially-responsible city, ready to meet EU regulations in the waste management area, as well as to find solutions for one of the biggest challenges in environmental protection – waste disposal.
Miloš Vučević, Mayor of Novi Sad
How will Southeast Europe reach the standards and goals of waste management set out in the EU directive?
We know that countries such as Austria, Sweden, Netherlands, Japan, etc. took over 30 years to reach high levels of waste management that they currently have.
Can Southeast Europe reduce this deadline to a decade? How and at what cost? How will this be financed? Which technologies will be used? What type of laws and regulations are needed to achieve that?
How will authorities communicate to citizens the choices before them? What kind of lessons can be learned from the successful and failed attempts of other countries? Which sciences and studies can be applied in the region?
These are the topics, challenges and debates I expect on ISWA World Congress in Novi Sad in 2016. This congress will help us find a way toward that. I immensely look forward to it and I expect you there.
David Newman, President of ISWA
The complexity of waste management problem is best viewed in the fact that there are no two countries with an identical mechanism for waste collection and treatment. Successful of individual solutions in the Southeast Europe region has an additional importance when taking into account the fact that they were implemented in environments with insufficiently developed economy.
Proper consideration of all the solutions, regardless of their efficiency and level of harmonization with the strictest environmental standards is of utmost importance for decision-makers.
ISWA WORLD CONGRESS 2016 will bring together all the parties involved in the waste management process, which is a unique opportunity for exchange of knowledge and experience, on the path to creating sustainable systems that will lead to an upward trend in development and protection of environment.