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Building capacities through sharing Mediterranean collaborative experiences and good practices on Integrated Sustainable Waste Management (ISWM)

on 17 May 2011.

Another Horizon 2020 capacity building course was held in Larnaca, Cyprus last week (11-12 May 2011) dedicated to sharing and learning from Integrated Sustainable Waste Management (ISWM) experiences from eleven Mediterranean countries. The EU funded meeting was hosted just outside Larnaca city and benefited moral and financial support from the Cypriot Government.

The two-day training acted as a “learning through teaching and sharing” platform for its 18 participants to consolidate their know-how, present their own challenges and experiences and be informed of other good practices and applications of ISWM in the region. Experiences in all five aspects of ISWM were covered: the social, environmental, operational, institutional, financial, and legislative aspects.

The workshop was targeted to intermediate/high level country officials i.e. ministries, agencies, local authorities, and NGOs. Most participants have a role to play in relevant decision making in their countries and in finding solutions for applying efficient integrated sustainable management of municipal solid waste in their country, region or local authority.

The training was considered by the trainees as a great learning experience allowing them to share and exchange good practices in the field of SWM. The participants from Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, Greece, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Montenegro, Morocco, Palestinian Authority and Tunisia had the opportunity to visit and examine the operation of a mechanical separation unit for recyclables of mixed household waste, a composting unit and a landfill at Kossi, Cyprus.

The course content was developed by the Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+) with the support of SWEEP-Net and ANGED – Tunisia, while it was logistically supported by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, which leads the H2020 CB/MEP Consortium. The course was conducted in English and French.

Find details on the training at: http://www.h2020.net/en/resources/training-materials/viewcategory/5.html