ASCEND supports the transition towards a sustainable interaction between societies and environment in vulnerable areas and for fast growing populations. We promote methods and management concepts which empower local citizens and communities, improve ecosystem functionalities and increase resiliencies against disaster risks. We are not bound to specific technologies or economic markets and avoid rigid approaches which favor short-term profits in one sector at the expense of inclusive sustainable growth in the affected areas. Our objectives are achieved by a close collaboration with local and well connected partners in the respective areas, including a mutual exchange of knowledge, ideas and strategies. We strongly emphasize the development of programs and solutions for vulnerable areas and communities, which are primarily affected by contemporary trends like climate change, urbanization, and production & consumption patterns. ASCEND strives to strengthen these communities by improving their capabilities and resources to cope with these challenges.
Establishment, implementation and professional guidance of vocational training programs and local facilities for workers in the fields of solid waste, wastewater, recycling and environmental services. Capacity building for low-skilled workers to provide financial security, to raise awareness towards occupational safety, health and personal protection as well as to increase their expertise in handling and treating the residues of modern civilization.
Establishment of educational programs for awareness raising of children and adults towards sustainable waste and resource management, interaction with the environment, social responsibility and global obligations, and opportunities for personal action.
Design, implementation and professional guidance for integrated projects, which address multiple challenges and lead to an immediate and drastic improvement of urban and rural waste management, air quality, water quality and resilience regarding local and global environmental changes. Identifying synergies and utilizing interdependencies of multiple sectors to solve local challenges with efficient, stable and low-cost approaches.