Horizon 2020 enhances the environmental management and performance of Egyptian SMEs in coastal areas
Within the framework of the Horizon 2020 Capacity Building/Mediterranean Environment Programme (H2020 CB/MEP) and in response to the Egyptian needs to better address the challenge of depolluting the Mediterranean, a training workshop was organized from 1-2 July 2012 in Cairo, Egypt to address the case of pollution-intensive small and medium enterprises in coastal areas.
Podgorica, Montenegro hosted a sub-regional Horizon 2020 workshop on “Hazardous Industrial Waste Clean-up and Management”. Some 30 professionals from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia and Montenegro participated at the 2.5-day sub-regional training on 10-12 July 2012.
A three-day national workshop took place in Ramallah on 18-20 June 2012 on “Developing Sustainable Pro-poor Financing Strategies for Municipalities Including Cost Recovery Options, Polluter Pays Principles and Investment”. It was organized within the framework of the Horizon 2020 Capacity Building/ Mediterranean Environment Programme by the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA) with the support of the Palestinian Environment Quality Authority.
Depolluting the Mediterranean through more sustainable management of industrial activities in Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia
A sub-regional training course which gathered thirty one participants from Ministries of Trade and Industry, Environment, Managers of industrial parks and national organizations of Algeria, Morocco and Tunisia was organized by Horizon 2020’s Mediterranean Environment Programme (Tunis, 12-14 June 2012). It aimed to address the environmental challenges of industrial zones and support them to steer towards a more sustainable future.
Building the capacity of Tunisian educators to promote de-pollution through applying Education for Sustainable Development
On 11-12 June 2012, a Horizon 2020 workshop entitled “Education for Sustainable Development focusing on the H2020 thematic areas’’ was organized in Tunis within the framework of the H2020 CB/MEP program in collaboration with the Mediterranean Education Initiative for Environment and Sustainability (MEdIES). This workshop was convened with the objective of raising awareness and building the capacity of Tunisian educators in promoting environmental and sustainable development issues, particularly on themes relating to H2020.
One of the most important capacity building activities conducted under the de-pollution efforts of the Horizon 2020 Initiative took place in Athens, on 11-14 June 2012. The 4-day training course was organized by the University of Athens within the frameworks of the Horizon 2020 CB/MEP and ENPI Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS), in collaboration with UNEP/MAP’s MEDPOL programme. It was a joint effort to address the needs identified by the participating countries themselves.
The “Lake Bizerte Charter” a step towards its sustainable development: Horizon 2020 enhances stakeholder participation for the integrated management of Lake Bizerte in Tunisia
Lake Bizerte is a major hot spot of Tunisia characterized by major industrial pollution and pressures from many other activities (agriculture, urban, transport, etc.). The Horizon 2020 Initiative, through the European Investment Bank (EIB), will support an important investment in the region for the abatement of pollution deriving mostly from industrial activities, on the basis of the preparatory work carried out by the Mediterranean Hot Spot Investment Programme Project Preparation and Implementation Facility (MeHSIP-PPIF) under the supervision of the Tunisian Ministry of Environment. The project will also be the first to be ‘labeled’ as a Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) project.
Nineteen trainees mainly from local and national authorities of the whole of Morocco gathered in Rabat at the end of May (29-31 May 2012) to take part in a Horizon 2020 national workshop on Integrated Solid Waste Management. The improvement of the decision making process at the local and national level through the adoption of an integrated approach in solid waste management was the overarching goal of the course.