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Global Waste Management

Models for Tackling the International Waste Crisis

Examines the international waste trade across borders and presents tangible solutions and coping strategies.
EAN: 9781789660777
Edition: 1
Format: 234 x 156
416 pages

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About the book

WINNER: 2020 International Solid Waste Association Publication Award

Among other factors, rapid global population growth, our development model and patterns of production and consumption have increased waste generation worldwide to unsustainable rates. This rise has led to crises in many countries where waste management practices are no longer sound. Global Waste Management outlines the emerging global waste crisis considering the perspectives of developed and developing countries around the world and the international relationships between them. This book provides an ecological viewpoint as well as studying these problems from a legal and justice standpoint.

Global Waste Management contextualises the problems faced when dealing with waste including the causes and origins. Focus is given to cross border waste transfer, as an ongoing and controversial practice, making waste management a global matter. This book scrutinizes existing international, European and Brazilian regulation on waste to highlight the complexity of the subject and the weaknesses of the law. Using a critical and socio-ecological approach, the book proposes an original model of governance to support a new system of global waste management that takes into account ecological sustainability and social justice to overcome the waste crisis. To create these models, a theoretical framework on socio-ecological justice is developed and combined with different discourses and theories described throughout the book. This is the essential guide to understanding the global waste crisis and the future of waste management.

About the authors

Dr. Kamila Pope is an environmental lawyer and researcher. She is a member of the World Commission on Environmental Law (WCEL/IUCN), the Experts Committee at Halte à l'Obsolescence Programmée (HOP), and Harmony with Nature Knowledge Network Experts (HwN/UN). She has won two international awards for research on sustainability and her PhD thesis was elected the best Brazilian legal thesis of 2019, a prize awarded by the Ministry of Education and Research of Brazil.
  • The book provides a brilliant description of the mechanisms behind the waste crisis, one of the biggest challenges for creating a more sustainable future. Kamila Pope offers a sharp analysis of how we arrived in this situation and shows how adequate governance could lead us out of it. A paradigm shift in the current dominant economic model and legal order for the use of a more systemic view is wisely proposed. This is an essential read for all working in sustainability issues and environmental policy.
  • Dr. Michelle Bonatti, Deputy Head, Sustainable Land Use in Developing Countries Dept, Leibniz Agricultural Landscape Research Center

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