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Asociación Civil Sustentar para el Desarrollo Sostenible

Since 2011, our purpose is to promote sustainable development in Latin America in order to improve the quality of life of people.
Our mission is to promote the integration of sustainability in the public agenda and in the decision-making process in Latin America, with a community-based, innovative approach and building strategic alliances with related organizations.
We work on climate change through projects of technical assistance, research and institutional capacity building for the Argentine public sector, presidency and technical participation (bioelectricity and transport) in the LEDS LAC platform (resilient and low emission development strategies in LAC) citizen empowerment, collaborative practices in solid urban waste.

Date of Establishment:

11-Mar, 2011

Purpose of Organization:

Promote sustainable development in Latin America in order to improve the quality of life of people.


Climate change:

1. Management of Urban Solid Waste
1.1. Technical Assistance and Research for the Public Sector
1.1.1.Technical advice to the Ministry of Environment and Public Space of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (MAyEP) for optimization of the integral management of urban solid waste (GIRSU) and control of Public Space issues.
The Asociación Civil Sustentar provides technical advice to MAyEP since 2012. Our interdisciplinary teams have advised local and provincial governments on waste management (using the Circular Economy approach), designing emergency plans and contingency in the face of natural disasters, and development of educational plans, among others.
The Subsecretaría de Higiene Urbana (SSHU), under the MAyEP, is the authority to apply Law No. 1,854 of "Zero Waste", whose objective is the phasing out of landfills. He is in charge of cleaning the city, a task that he develops through the concessionaires of the cleaning service and receiving, deriving and resolving the requests of neighbors, companies and other organizations.
In addition, the SSHU depends on the Urban Hygiene Entity (EHU), which is responsible for the management, administration and execution of public health services in the area corresponding to No 8, which covers the districts of Villa Lugano, Villa Riachuelo and part of Villa Soldati.
Finally, the SSHU is responsible for the articulation of recycling policies, separation at source, control of dry and wet Large Generators and policy
of waste treatment of the City, including the management of the current plants and the implementation of new technologies.
Through the Integral Initiatives to Improve Urban Hygiene, we sought to thoroughly understand the hygiene situation in the City of Buenos Aires and to streamline and implement the internal processes to manage it. The trigger was the realization that, despite the fact that the City has hygiene services that work properly, it is still not clean. In response, throughout the current year we have developed three initiatives on the issue: Request Management, Incident Mining and Clean Quality Index.
1.1.2. Technical Assistance to the Environmental Protection Agency (APRA):
The Association carries out the following processes:
Survey of all the processes involved within the DGET for the management of Certificates and documentation of the same.
Arrangement of an Information Management Manual, which serves as the basis for defining the refining guidelines of the data.
Support to the Strategic Planning: Integration of the refined information of the databases to the Strategic Planning of the DGET. Identification of indicators, exploitation of information available in the operating systems and proposal of monitoring boards of environmental and impact management.

1.1.3. Study: "From waste management to resource management: Proposals for the Integral Management of Urban Solid Waste from the Circular Economy Approach" for the SSHU. Presented throughout 2016 and 2017.
The work aims to contribute to the ultimate goal of the ODS, focusing on providing information that contributes to decision making is based on the appropriate balance of environmental, social and economic aspects. The circular economy approach is used to diagnose, analyze and identify lines of action for the improvement of GIRSU of the Autonomous City of Buenos Aires (CABA).

1.1.4. Publication of the article "Situation and Perspectives of the North III Environmental Complex" for the Metropolitan Foundation in April 2015. http://metropolitana.org.ar/idm/situacion-y-perspectivas-del-complejo-ambiental-norte-iii/ print /

1.2. Capacity building
Since 2014, the Association has contributed to the strengthening of capacities in environmental management in the Municipality of San Miguel. The Association has accompanied San Miguel to improve its capacities in environmental management of solid urban waste by promoting a new approach in environmental management. Provides technical assistance to the municipality, forming an interdisciplinary team to train municipal officials in environmental law, sanitary engineering, control and integrated management of solid urban waste.

1.3. Collaborative practices with different sectors
Dialogue table: "The Circular Economy in the Integral Management of Urban Solid Waste"
Since 2016 we lead this space where different actors from the public, private sector and NGOs participate. The purpose is to articulate actions from the different sectors involved to find solutions to the reduction of organic waste through short and medium term strategies that are developed through dialogue in bi-monthly meetings.

2. International Articulation - LEDS LAC
Members of the Board of Directors of the LEDS LAC platform since 2013 and presidency since 2017.
LEDS LAC is part of the Global Alliance for Low Emission Development Strategies (LEDS GP) since 2012. We are a network of organizations and individuals working on the promotion, design and implementation of LEDS in Latin America and the Caribbean. We are a regional meeting space for representatives of governments, cooperation agencies, non-governmental organizations, academia and the private sector. As of March 2017 we have 978 members and we have a great reach through social networks, web page and webinars.
LEDS LAC is coordinated by a Steering Committee composed of representatives of the following agencies: Ministry of Environment of Chile, Ministry of the Environment of Peru, National Institute of Ecology and Climate Change of Mexico, IDB, BM, CAF, UNDP, UNEP DTU Alliance , CEPAL, EMBARQ Global Network, Asociación Sustentar - Argentina, National Council on Climate Change and Clean Development Mechanism - Dominican Republic, NREL, Latin American Center for Competitiveness and Sustainable Development (CLACDS), INCAE Business School - Costa Rica, in Climate Change and Communication - Peru.
The secretariat is operated by Dragonfly and supported by CATIE.
In LEDS LAC, we promote the formulation and implementation of national, sub-national and sectorial strategies that respond simultaneously to the triple objective of promoting development, reducing emissions and increasing resilience. These Resilient and Low Emission Development Strategies allow countries to move towards ODSs and NDCs.
Beyond the implementation of isolated actions of mitigation and adaptation, we are interested in the transformation of the development pattern of the region. That is why we support leaders who are pushing for change from governments, civil society, the private sector and the international community, avoiding duplication of efforts and promoting collaboration.
To achieve this, we carry out activities that allow us to strengthen and integrate a community of practice through networking and training meetings, virtual capacity building activities, technical assistance and match making and the development of tools such as systematization of experiences and resources (lessons learned, methodologies, case studies).

• Participation in COP 20 LIMA (December 2014 - Lima, Peru).
• Participation of the LAC LEDS Regional Workshops as members of the Steering Committee in Santiago de Chile (2014), Punta Cana (2015), Panama City (2016) and the global LEDS GP meeting in Berlin (2016).
• Participation in Nexos +1 Sustainability Workshop 2015: The private sector in Peru and its contribution to sustainable development - Advances and Development in the face of Climate Action.
Participation in the IV Regional Workshop of LEDS LAC.
• Coordination and assembly of workshops in Panama City (2016) in GIRSU and circular economy.
• Participation in the Latin American and Caribbean Carbon Forum in Panama (2016).
• Dictating the webinar "The entry into force of the Paris Agreement and the implementation challenges for Latin America" ??in 2017.

3. Citizen Empowerment
Since 2014 the Asociación Civil Sustentar has been working with the International Organization "Education for Sharing (Mexican Association for the United Nations)" for the implementation of the "Sports for Sharing" program in Argentina.
Sports for Sharing (DpC) is a civic and educational program whose purpose is to activate citizenship and conscious and purposeful participation, encouraging girls and boys to commit themselves and to be agents of change to contribute to the solution of challenges in their community.
Using the power of play and sport, citizen values ??such as teamwork, tolerance, gender equity, respect, empathy, responsibility and fair play are promoted.
The program aims to support the construction of strategies and recreational activities to incorporate them into the formative fields of physical development and health, personal development and coexistence, exploration of nature and society, natural sciences, entity where I live, and multiculturalism.

4. Renewable Energies
4.1. Study: "Energy from biogas in sewage treatment plants in Argentina: Challenges and opportunities for a more distributed and clean generation."
During 2016 we began to develop this study that seeks to evaluate the feasibility of generating electricity or CNG from biogas in sewage treatment plants, identifying existing candidate plants, their challenges and possible strategies to implement new processes or optimize existing ones.

4.2. LEDS LAC - Participation in the Community of Bioelectricity Practice
This community of practice brings together leaders of Latin American governments in charge of the design and implementation of public policies and bioelectricity programs and the Asociación Civil Sustentar. The purpose is to provide tools to obtain and process data in the bioelectricity industry for appropriate decision making. The community works together through on-line and face-to-face sessions to resolve issues that hinder the development of bioelectricity systems in Latin America such as:
How to evaluate a country's bioelectricity potential.
What are the technical challenges and how could they be overcome?
What will be the costs and benefits of different paths towards the development of bioelectricity.
What policies and measures exist and how they can be integrated into the regulatory framework of a country.
How to create effective and efficient administrative processes.
What national and international commercial banks and public financiers are looking for.
How to create investment prospects.
How to design attractive and fundable NAMAs and INDCs.

Participation in on-line sessions and the face-to-face session in San José, Costa Rica (2016).
Clinical coordination of the Jamaica case study in Panama City 2016.

5. Transportation:
Since 2013 the Association has been co-managing the LEDS LAC Transport Working Group.
Since 2013 it has also coordinated several thematic workshops on the subject (in Chile / ECLAC, Lima, Bogotá and in the Dominican Republic). We focus on the design and implementation of LEDS and national-subnational articulation for the promotion of measures to promote sustainable transport and low emissions.
Countries in which organization is active:
  • Argentina

Contact Details
Street Address:
Av. Leandro N. Alem 428 6 I, C1003AAR
Ciudad Autónoma de Buenos Aires
Telephone No.:
54-11-4774 6760
Organization founded:

NGO Information
Focal Area:
  • Climate Change
  • Climate Change - Energy
  • Climate Change - Transport/City
  • Organization Type:
  • Non-Governmental Organization (NGO)
  • Geographic Scope:
  • Local
  • National
  • Regional

  • Contact Person
    Mr. Rodrigo Rodriguez Tornquist Key Contact Person
    Director Executive

    Contact Person
    Mr.s Marina Florencia Solanas Key Contact Person
    Project Coordinator

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