The Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta is an intertropical mountainous formation with a high altitude, reaching peaks of more than five thousand meters high, at only 40 kilometers from the Caribbean Sea. Declared as a National Natural Park and UNESCO Biosphere Reserve, this mountain range is unique due to its richness in climate, ecosystems and water.

Kankuamos, Koguis, Arhuacos and Wiwas are the four indigenous communities striving to fight to preserve their environment.  They are key players in addressing the negative impact of climate change in their daily lives. The region suffers from  deforestation and environmental consequences due to the melting of glaciers. This endangers their unique ecosystems and the culture of these ancestral people.

In light of this situation, local communities have shown interest in collaborating with organizations such as ALLCOT, an expert carbon project developer, and the NGO Conservation International (CI) Colombia, in projects having as their main goal to reduce emissions from deforestation and forest degradation (REDD+). The planned actions include land use and management practices, in addition to initiatives proposed by the communities themselves related to quality of life, strengthening governance, territorial management and the preservation of traditional agricultural knowledge and practices.

The deterioration process of the territory dates back to the 1970’s. “From the inland regions  of the country, many people came to the Sierra Nevada to get rich by illegal crop cultivation and a fast-paced economy” declared Fabio Montero, Governor of the Wiwa cabildo at La Guajira and Magdalena; a community of 22,000 people dedicated to agriculture. Montero added  that most of the territory was “deforested ” by irregular exploitation, “cutting down trees, logging , burning and selling the wood”.

The partnership consolidation between ALLCOT and CI aims to implement good practices to protect the forests, with the primary objective of unifying forces to protect  the territory, maintaining the native, millenary trees and preserving the water springs.

ALLCOT and UCG establish a great partnership to build successful climate projects in SENEGAL.

Senegal’s Solid Waste Management Coordinating Unit (UCG) and ALLCOT, an international climate change project developer, have signed a one-year partnership for designing impactful climate projects and programmes in Senegal.

Senegal is a signatory to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, and as such has ratified the Paris Climate Agreement. The Solid Waste Management Coordinating Unit (UCG) is the national entity, implementing the Waste NDC of Senegal. Also, the solid waste management projects and programmes.

ALLCOT is a company with extensive knowledge and experience for the development and financing of greenhouse gas emission reduction initiatives. This includes renewable energy, landfills, forestry, waste management, etc. ALLCOT aims to make a disruptive climate approach in projects and sustainability solutions.

The climate change global context needs actions and innovations to contribute to meet the ambitions of climate commitments in all countries. Thus, financing opportunities are available to developing countries.

The UCG, in its zero waste perspective, explores innovative financing mechanisms of the sector for the benefit of the population. For this reason, the collaboration between ALLCOT and UCG allows us to respond to four essential points:

  •  Capacity building of UCG staff
  •  Co-creation of climate change projects and programs in solid waste management
  •  Finding fund for projects and programs
  •  Transactions to reduce GHG emissions through market mechanisms as defined in Article 6 of the Paris Climate Agreement.

ALLCOT & UCG, a win-win partnership for climate actions of international magnitude for an economic, social and environmental impact to benefit local communities.

ALLCOT and Klik Foundation meet in Dakar to agree on strategies in favor of sustainable development in the country

Last May 10th, ALLCOT held a meeting in Dakar together with the Klik Foundation and local authorities to further advance the collaboration between Senegal and Switzerland for the reduction of CO₂ emissions. Both countries are among the first to make use of this possibility of cooperation, enshrined in Article 6 of the Paris Agreement.

The meeting was attended by Amadou Lamine Guissé, Secretary General of the Ministry of Environment of Senegal, Andrea Semadeni, Ambassador of Switzerland, and Ousmane Fall Sarr, Business Developer Advisor West Africa at ALLCOT, who presented two of the projects currently underway, on the production and use of ITMOs in the waste management and renewable energy sector.

ALLCOT contributes with national agencies in Senegal, such as UGC and ANER, for the development and implementation of a set of strategies. First, it is oriented to the sustainable management of municipal solid waste, through the implementation of composting plants. In addition, ALLCOT participates in the design of a road lighting project using solar energy obtained through solar panels.

Building on the support of international cooperation between Senegal and Switzerland, ALLCOT wants to boost Senegal’s ambition to further contribute to sustainable development and increase the participation of the public and private sectors to achieve the targets set in the Nationally Determined Contributions (NDCs).

The Foundation for Climate Protection and Carbon Offsetting (KliK) supports and finances climate protection programs that contribute to sustainable development. The foundation, which has a mission to reduce around 40 million tons of CO2 by 2030, partners with state and private organizations and relies on international and local participation. The KliK Foundation supports climate mitigation activities in Senegal and other countries that have signed a bilateral climate protection agreement with Switzerland.



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Jpsseline Cusme Written by Josseline Cusme, Business & Strategy Analyst
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Plastic and packaging in particular make up a flash point for consumer sustainability concerns related to climate change. Surprisingly, much theoretically recyclable packaging is not really recycled. This means that most of it goes directly straight to landfill. In addition, a proportion of plastic packaging is not realistically recyclable through the current end-of-life infrastructure.

It is essential to start to recognize that ditching plastics in the foreseeable future is infeasible. This point is illustrated by their affordable price, versatility, and their rest of properties related with protection and availability readiness: they keep food fresh, reduce the amount of waste going to landfill, keep healthcare products safe and save energy in the logistics chain. In fact, plastic provide considerable convenience and substantial consumer value.

There is a clearly long road ahead circularity achievement, regarded as a key role for sustainability success. In fact, the circular economy conceptualizes an incremental process of rdefini9ng the relationship between economic activity and growth, on one side, the consumption and disposal of finite sources, on the other

In addition, growing consumer interest will continue to drive stakeholder attention to plastic packaging sustainability issues.

According to a National Geographic publication from 2017, more than 91 percent of the plastic waste produced globally is not recycled. The same publication states that in 2018 more than 8,300 million tons of plastic have been produced globally since the mass production of plastic began. Around 6.3 billion tons of this waste ends up in landfills, oceans and rivers. If this is not stopped, landfills will contain 12 billion tons of plastic waste by 2050.

It is a universally acknowledged truth that plastic waste collection and recyclability are regarded as the key of sustainability across waste management techniques. When it comes to plastic waste management, unfortunately, plastic labelling is often unclear. This point is illustrated by how consumers expect packaging to have an active sustainability component, such as being recyclable, compostable or even made with already recycled materials or made from renewable sources. In the same way, people’s concern claims towards less plastic used as well as lower environmental impacts. In fact, consumers are often unsure of how and what to recycle, resulting in apathy and frustration.

Although sustainability is the goal, eliminating plastic packaging is quite complicated. The reasons that explain this statement are related with the material itself. This means that durability makes plastic ideal for packaging and at the same time, effectively non-biodegradable.

Plastics comprise a vast set of high performance, versatile materials., providing tangible values to consumers:

  • Value
  • Versatility
  • Safety & protection
  • Adaptability
  • Substitutability

For these reasons, plastic packaging plays an indispensable role within food and healthcare industry among other sectors.

The lack of control that has led to the massive use of plastic has led many international environmental organizations to demand a legal framework in this regard. An example of this is the ban on single-use plastics or encouraging companies to promote the manufacture and use of plastics with a high percentage of recycled raw materials. Without forgetting that the brands take responsibility for their containers, packaging and packaging.

Plastic companies will need to continue making major modifications to their products by investing in Research & Development & Innovation (R&D&i) programs across technology manufacturing as well as integrating within their Environmental Social and Governance (ESG) performance all their stakeholder concerns.

In these terms, sustainability will also likely factor into future merge and acquisition (M&A) decisions and drive-up multiples for targets that have made appropriate investments.

It is also necessary to take into account when opting for this type of (sustainable) process that the economic factor, this must have a competitive price with respect to traditional single-use packaging options.

Last but not least, one significant opportunity is to encourage consumers to route problem materials into the proper streams, thus preventing improper diversion, discarding recyclable materials such as cans in the rubbish bin, textile and yard waste.

Find out how ALLCOT Group can help you with your sustainability and waste control strategies.

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