Sustainable Waste Management in Coastal Communities

Course: CRD 20

Instructor: Felicitas Schneider

Course Catalog Description

About the Course

Waste management is a complex multi-disciplinary topic which has no one-fits-all solution.

Decisions should be based on legal framework, regional characteristics and available technologies. Especially related to sensitive environment such as coastal regions which often face individual challenges related to infrastructure as well as potential pollution pathways. Thus, (future) decision makers should understand the context and interaction of waste generation and regional framework, waste management technologies and measures with different issues of sustainability based on natural sciences in order to support proper policy recommendations. I would like to provide information on both – global and regional waste management. A special focus will be made on waste prevention as this is a very important step towards sustainable development. As Food Loss and Waste (FLW) contributes significantly to inefficient use of resources on a global scale, the course will provide corresponding in-depth information as well. For the course, I would like to implement different tools of knowledge transfer including presentations, field trips, discussion sections as well as group work.


I love to share my experiences and learn from others and thus, I hope that the course will support the professional level of the students but will also inspire future generation of decision makers and civil society.

I hold a diploma degree in Civil Engineering and Water Management in Austria and worked within Waste Management Sector for 16 years as university researcher and teacher. One focus was waste prevention and due to personal experiences in 2001, I started to work on food loss and waste (FLW) prevention in particular. This was unique in those days and I am very happy that in the recent years, the issue of FLW became an important factor within discussions related to Sustainable Development Goals, climate change, sustainable diets and resilience of food systems. After finishing my doctoral thesis which deals with FLW generation and prevention in industrialised countries, I started to work at Thünen Institute in Germany in 2017. I am the coordinator of the Collaboration Initiative Food Loss and Waste launched at the Meeting of Agricultural Chief Scientists at G20 countries (MACS-G20). My task is to support international colleagues to develop and implement national strategies, quantification, prevention measures, monitoring systems, research and policy advice related to FLW.