"People you will meet"
Costas Velis
Costas Velis, is Professor in Resource Efficiency Systems at the School of Civil Engineering, University of Leeds (www.leeds.ac.uk). He is also an Associate Editor for Waste Management & Research (http://wmr.sagepub.com/). He develops research on waste and resource management within the School of Civil Engineering and beyond focuses on cross-disciplinary innovation for closing the materials loop and generating renewable energy, always with human health and environmental protection as the very basis. SWM in low-income and developing countries is also a key research focus.
José Vieira
José M. P. Vieira is Professor in Civil Engineering at the University of Minho. Graduate in Civil Engineering (U. Porto), MSc in Sanitary Engineering (IHE, Delft, Netherlands) and PhD in Civil Engineering (U. Minho). Was Director of DEC, Pro-Rector and Vice-Rector of University of Minho. At present is the National Vice President the Portuguese Order of Engineers. He has collaborated with several Portuguese and foreign universities in educational postgraduate projects . He was President of APESB (1999-2007) responsible for organizing technical and scientific events nationwide and internationally such as the ISWA / APESB Waste World Congress 2009, held in 2009 in Lisbon.
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The Conference

Waste management is a major challenge in almost all communities, given the heterogeneity of the solid waste and it’s exponential growth. However, in developing countries the problem becomes even more acute due to cultural and economic reasons, as it is the case in most countries of Africa.

Most of the waste is deposited in the open dumps, near watercourses and in residential areas, increasing and aggravating problems of public health. Sanitation and solid waste management became a political priority for the government, not only in Angola, but in other African countries.

An international conference, like this, can show not only appropriated waste management solutions, from the simplest and robust to those that are more sophisticated, but also demonstrate the application of each solution to the correct context. In fact, an audience of experts and local politicians and authorities, who will participate actively in the conference, will promote interesting exchange of experiences and for sure a very relevant technical discussion.

Join us in this conference with the stamp of ISWA and you will certainly make important contacts with experts and decision makers from Africa and other countries. Your participation will be also valuable to help to preserve Africa environment and natural resources.

Last updated: 2013.07.15