Public-Private Partnerships in the wake of the Commonwealth Blue Charter
As the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) came to an end on Friday, 20 April, the Blue Charter on Ocean Governance was adopted as a blueprint on the protection of oceans and marine environments in all Commonwealth territories.
The Blue Charter highlights action steps to be deployed by the partner nations as efforts towards ending ocean pollution, with one of the most critical considerations being plastics pollution. To ease the challenges of inadequate capacity, technology, and resources in most of the emerging economies that make up the Commonwealth, the British Government pledged £61million towards research and innovation solutions to end ocean pollution.
As governments become more vested in the protection of the ocean and marine environments, there is a greater need for sustainability companies to shore up expertise and devise relevant strategies of meeting the goals outlined in the Blue Charter by the Commonwealth of Nations. It underlines the need for more public-private partnerships that accelerate the implementation of the strategies laid out by the charter.
Population explosion across emerging markets is putting an extraordinary strain on the provision of essential waste management services due to underdeveloped infrastructure. Emerging markets around the world face a significant infrastructure deficit, caused by a growing gap between waste infrastructure needs and the resources the governments invest in meeting these needs.
Providing adequate infrastructure to meet the waste management demand of emerging markets is pivotal to the actualization of environmental sustainability. Public-private partnerships are an effective approach in closing infrastructure gaps. Europe is a pioneering this trend, making use of partnership models to develop and deliver working systems across the country.
Emerging economies are opening up the market to private investors. In Lagos, a population of over 22 million, generating an estimated 16,000 tonnes of waste daily, Visionscape is implementing a sound infrastructure plan to tackle waste surplus and support recovery over landfill disposal.
In collaboration with Lagos State, the company has invested in the development of facilities and infrastructure to manage the waste disposal process and improve the State’s capacity to recycle, with a focus on plastic resource recovery.
John Irvine, CEO Visionscape Sanitation Solutions.