The Barrier of Garbage in Panama City

Year of Publication

2022

Panama City has a high ratio of incorrectly disposed waste, reaching its rivers and the sea. To prevent solid waste further polluting its water bodies, the City partnered with a not-for-profit to install waste containment barriers, preventing waste dumped in the rivers from reaching the ocean where it would be harder to intercept.

Source:

Urban Ocean

Author(s):

Jannia Ivette Samuels Moscote

Geography:

Panama

Type:

Purpose of Measurement:

Understanding the Problem, Solution Sets and Impact Potential

Impact theme(s):

Material Flows, Behavior Change

Panama City has a high ratio of incorrectly disposed waste, reaching its rivers and the sea. To prevent solid waste further polluting its water bodies, the City partnered with a not-for-profit to install waste containment barriers, preventing waste dumped in the rivers from reaching the ocean where it would be harder to intercept. This case study has been developed as part of Urban Ocean, one of Resilient Cities Network’s multi-city programs, co-designed and delivered with our partners Ocean Conservancy and The
Circulate Initiative. Urban Ocean supports cities in assessing their risks and vulnerabilities as well as gaps in their waste management systems that lead to plastic leakage into the environment and the ocean. It helps cities to identify actions, design better projects and innovative solutions, leverage partnerships, and finally connects cities and their projects to potential funding sources.