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International Students: ecological teams for Wageningen

When it comes to participation of inhabitants and monitoring of effects there is room for improvement in the environmental management of Wageningen town. This is the conclusion of a group of international environmental students, who presented their findings to the town council on May 12

Three groups investigated ways to improve water and energy management, waste reduction and traffic. Synara S341nches Sotomayor, from Peru, is one of the students in the group for water and energy management. She explains that local and national legislation is good, but implementation is hampered by lack of participation by stakeholders. Social surveys should be carried out first in order to build up a picture of a particular neighbourhood, and who lives there. Sotomayor: Then ecological teams can be formed: groups of eight households that can undertake action together. We found that people are environmentally aware and the institutions for action are also present. The problems is that people don't know what to do, and the institutions are not actively approaching people. Ecological teams can bridge the gap. The next step is to monitor the results of the teams, in order to know how to stimulate further action

The case study forms part of the course in Urban Environmental Management, a joint MSc programme of WAU and the Institute for Housing and Urban Development in Rotterdam. Initially the students had planned to do their case study in Turkey, but elections there got in the way. Wageningen was chosen in the end after the town councillor for the environment, Rik Eweg, invited the students to carry out the study here. He will use the recommendations that the students provide in the discussion platform Sustainable Wageningen, whose aim is to improve the environment of Wageningen. J.T