A changing climate and the city’s high annual population growth rate is increasingly challenging Lima’s capacity to satisfy the population’s need for basic goods such as water, energy and food. At the same time, enormous amounts of waste such as waste water, fecal sludge, organic waste, and used frying oil are disposed inadequately every day. Thus, the ‘Resource Recovery and Safe Reuse’ Project (RRR Project) in Lima focuses on rethinking sanitation systems and turning waste streams into physical and financial resource streams by ensuring and promoting safe reuse. It was initiated by the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC/Global Programme Water Initiatives). The project aims at implementing business models for recovery and safe reuse and Sanitation Safety Plans in Lima and other cities in Peru as well as promoting cost recovery in the sanitation sector, generating livelihood opportunities for entrepreneurs and increasing food security for target populations, while safeguarding public health and the environment.
The project consists of three components: