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GPSC Global Online Series: Resilient Waste Management - Addressing Challenges during COVID

"Learn about the initiatives undertaken in Argentina and India at the local and national levels"

The Global Platform for Sustainable Cities (GPSC) Online Series focuses on how cities can leverage the COVID-19 pandemic’s unprecedented disruption to facilitate a green recovery and improve their long-term urban sustainability.

This webinar focuses on municipal solid waste management and how challenges due to COVID are being addressed. In addition to challenges to the delivery of services, there has also been an increase in both medical waste and single-use plastics due to increased concerns regarding health and safety. The session touches on initiatives being undertaken from these resulting challenges in Argentina and India at the local and national levels.

About the Presenters

Marcelo Eduardo Rosso

New Technologies and Environmental Control Manager, Coordinación Ecológica Área Metropolitana S.E. and Chairman of Argentina’s local organization of the International Solid Waste Management Association, Argentina

Mr. Marcelo Eduardo Rosso is the New Technologies and Environmental Control Manager at Coordinación Ecológica Área Metropolitana S.E. in Buenos Aires, Argentina and was previously the Operations Manager. He teaches post graduate courses for the Instituto Tecnológico Buenos Aires and the Instituto Tecnológico Buenos Aires and Karlsuhe Institute of Technology – Alemania. He is an industrial engineer, specialized in the integral management of urban, industrial, and hazardous solid waste. Mr. Rosso is a consultant for the Interamerican Development Bank and the World Bank. He has been the Chairman of the Asociación para el Estudio de los Residuos Sólidos in Argentina, the local member of International Solid Waste Management Association, since November 2018. He is the Argentinian representative in the Subcommittee of Municipal Solid Waste of the Global Methane Initiative, Environmental Protection Agency USA. He has been an ISWA International Waste Manager, with IWM11109 international certification since October 2011, and with further professional development in the Federal Republic of Germany. 

Mir Mohammed Ali

Executive Director of Kerala State Sanitation Mission and Secretary to the Chief Minister of Kerala, India

Mir Mohammed Ali is an IAS officer from the 2011 batch, currently holding the positions of executive director of Suchitwa Mission [Sanitation mission under the Department of Local Self Government (LSG)] and Secretary to the Chief Minister of Kerala. Mr. Ali is playing a key role in strengthening Suchitwa Mission as the Technical Support Group (TSG) in the Waste Management sector under the Department of LSG by providing technical and managerial support to the Local Self Governments of the State. He is also leading the team of 25 people in conceptualizing, action planning, conducting creative workshops, organizing training programs, initiating sector-related studies, bringing out occasional papers, initiating action research, conducting monitoring, and other such activities in Waste Management Sector. Under Mr. Ali’s leadership, the state has developed and adopted the Integrated Solid Waste Management Strategy for the state of Kerala. He is also the Project Director of the World Bank financed Kerala SWM Project. In his earlier roles, he served as District Magistrate for Kannur district in the state of Kerala.

P.U. Asnani

Expert Member, Government of India - National SWM Rules 2016 Implementation Monitoring Committee, India
Mr. P.U. Asnani is an international expert on Solid Waste Management and has been working in the urban and rural sectors for over 35 years. Mr. Asnani’s has a wide experience of working with the Central Government, various state governments, civic authorities both nationally and internationally, and multilateral agencies such as the UN and the World Bank. Mr. Asnani is on a panel of various expert committees constituted by ministries in the Government of India including (a) Expert member on the Central Monitoring Committee to oversee the implementation of SWM Rules, (b) Member of National Technical Advisory Committee for implementation of SLWM constituted by Ministry of Jal Shakti, Department of Drinking Waste and Sanitation, (c) Member on the expert committee constituted by Ministry of Urban Development to evaluate and recommend appropriate and sustainable technologies for processing of solid and liquid wastes, and (d) Chairman of the expert committee for evaluation of waste to energy proposals amongst others. Mr. Asnani was also a member of the Supreme Court-appointed Expert Committee on Solid Waste Management for class I cities of India and also authored the Supreme Court committee report.

Catalina Marulanda

Practice Manager, Urban Development and Land, South Asia, World Bank
Catalina Marulanda is the Practice Manager of the Urban Development Unit in the South Asia Region. She oversees a portfolio of roughly US$5 billion in lending operations under the development and implementation in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and The Maldives. Over the past 14 years at the Bank, Catalina has focused on topics related to solid waste management, chemicals management, and brownfield remediation in Latin America, East Asia, South Asia, and the Middle East. Catalina has a Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering from Lehigh University and a Ph.D. in Civil Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Questions Submitted


- Nov 21, 2022
interesting topic


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Nice course

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