US: The Clinton Global Initiative has launched the Foundation for Sustainable Waste Resources with Esri and D-Waste to address health and environmental problems caused by billions of tons of waste produced worldwide.
The foundation’s first initiative will be to partner with organisations, companies and NGOs to create an interactive global map of waste management systems. The global partnership will develop specific metrics and indicators, allowing the public to follow the progress achieved in waste management and its related health and environmental impacts.
The map will be created through development of a platform using IT, GIS, databases and mobile applications. Existing databases and sources will be merged and uploaded into a single database. The foundation will host the database and provide data and mapping services.
The foundation will identify locations of significant amounts of waste and then work with the waste management industry, including collectors, developers and governments to find ways to convert that waste into valuable resources.
Source: Environmental Leader