The goal of TM5’s Infrastructure Team was to create a waste management program template for rural and protected communities within the cantons of Jiquilisco neighboring Isla de Méndez.The Infrastructure Team members were familiar with the United Nations Development Program(UNDP) handbook titled,
“A Handbook on Waste Management in Rural Tourism Areas - A ZeroWaste Approach”
which considers the full life cycle of trash in developing communities andrural tourism areas. The UNDP model of “zero-waste” focuses on the concept that bothconsumers and producers are responsible for the 3R’s of waste management: reduce, reuse,recycle. The information gathered in Isla de Méndez has helped the team adapt this UNDP wastemanagement model to fit the current situation and needs of Isla de Méndez and the larger Bay of Jiquilisco area. Our framework represents how the UNDP zero-waste methodology can be bestapplied to Isla de Méndez currently and in the future.With the help of the community members of Isla de Méndez, Program Coordinator NicolasFunes and the Junta Directiva of Asociación Mangle, the Infrastructure Team was able to gain a better understanding of the unique dynamics and circumstances of the Bajo Lempa Region. TheInfrastructure Team looked closely at the present pilot waste management project of 2011 that is being conducted in Isla de Méndez. In this report, we describe how, on the basis of our research,the leaders and community of Isla de Méndez and the surrounding areas can create a successfulwaste management program. Our recommendations define in detail the following steps of theUNDP waste management model:1.
Preliminary Actions: identifying needs of the community, designating primary projectleaders, establishing goals and objectives of the program, creating an approach paper,and conducting a baseline assessment.2. Understanding the Problem 3. Policy Formation4. Action Plan5. Fundraising and/or identifying resources6. Finalizing Waste Management Program: information campaign, hiring and training of personnel, implementationThe team is confident that the local community can succeed in implementing a wastemanagement program that will better the standard of living of residents and improve the qualityof the natural habitat of the Bajo Lempa region.A final recommendation is for Team Monterey 6 to conduct a follow-up study on the currentwaste management pilot project in Isla de Méndez.