Phase 2 of the RRR Project was launched in Lima

The RRR project seeks to transform waste into resources for the sustainable development of Lima

 

On January 24th  2017 at the Hotel Suites del Bosque in Lima, the second phase of the Project “Resource Recovery and Safe Reuse” was launched with the participation of more than 85 guests from the public and private sector. 

 

The SDC Swiss Cooperation supports the implementation of the initiative, seeking to promote entrepreneurship opportunities linked to the recovery and safe reuse of wastewater, vegetable waste from markets, sludge from wastewater treatment plants and edible oils, in an economically viable and social and environmentally responsible manner.

During his keynote address, Mr. Martin Jaggi, SDC’s Director of Cooperation in Peru said that “the global RRR initiative is part of the SDC Global Water Initiative and is now starting its second phase of validation and promotion of RRR entrepreneurship models in the cities of Lima (Peru) and Kampala (Uganda) until the year 2018”. "For the SDC, the RRR project is extremely important because it proposes a number of entrepreneurship models focused on the recovery and transformation of waste into resources, making it an integral and attractive proposal for public and private entities to adopt and implement, contributing health and the environment, "he concluded.

 

By 2050 more than 50% of the global population could be affected by the lack of water. Growing demand of food, energy and water in urban and peri-urban areas is gradually changing the traditional rural-urban resource flows and nutrient cycles in a significant way. Given this scenario, the recovery of water, nutrients and energy from liquid and solid waste generated in sanitation systems is a priority and opportunity, especially since resources for economic activities are already limited and competition for clean water, nutrients and energy is increasing. "The RRR project is as an excellent opportunity to collaborate with the 2030 agenda and in particular the SDG 6 and 12," said Cesarina Quintana, National Senior Program Officer of the SDC. "The project starts in a key moment when the new solid waste law has been pronounced, which emphasizes eco-efficiency, development and promotion of the circular economy" she said.

 

The ceremony was attended by Marcos Alegre Chang, Deputy Minister of Environmental Management of the Ministry of the Environment; Maricé Salvador, Local Coordinator of the project; Fausto Roncal Vergara, Director of Environmental Affairs of the Ministry of Housing, Construction and Sanitation; Pilar Alva, Director of the wastewater management department at SEDAPAL; Pedro del Rosario, Mayor of Los Olivos District and Representative of the Northern Cone Commonwealth; and Javier Hernández, National Coordinator of Solid Waste of MINAM; among others.

 

About the RRR project

The ‘Resource Recovery and Safe Reuse’ project focuses on rethinking sanitation systems and turning waste streams into physical and financial resource streams by ensuring and promoting safe reuse. In its second phase, the project will be implemented by the RRR Consortium formed by Grupo GEA, IPES - Institute for the Promotion of Sustainable Development, La Molina Agrarian University, Care Peru, Swiss Federal Institute of Aquatic Science and Technology (eawag), seecon international gmbh and Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute. The project has three components: i) political, ii) technical and diffusion, through which it articulates different actors from the public sector as MINAM, MVCS, PRODUCE, MINEM, EPS, MINSA, DIGESA and Municipalities, as well as the private sector and academia.