The Plastic Busters Initiative kick-started in 2013 to address some of the scientific and policy gaps existing at the time in the Mediterranean region. Since then, improvements have been implemented on the science policy interface, with Plastic Busters contributing to the regional policy context as well as being informed by it. Born under the umbrella of SDSN Mediterranean (United Nations Sustainable Development Solutions Network), the Initiative provides a concrete opportunity to like-minded projects dealing with marine litter issues to get together and fully explore the potential for synergies towards ensuring aligned and synchronized marine litter activities across the Mediterranean. The Plastic Busters Initiative strives to push forward a shared common objective: to effectively tackle the issue of marine litter in the Mediterranean by addressing its entire management cycle, from monitoring and assessment to prevention and mitigation, thus contributing to evidence- and science-based support to governance. WES project has contributed in the publication attached which features recommendations for a litter-free healthy Mediterranean. The leaflet that has been presented in several UfM fora.
N-E-LB-1: Revision of guidelines and comparative study on ELVs for ten industrial activities in Lebanon
WES will provide assistance to the Ministry of Environment for the prevention/abatement of industrial pollution through the improvement and updating of the Emission Limit Values for industrial emissions and the revision of guidelines for selected industrial activities in the food and beverages sector (dairy, slaughterhouses, cow farms, meat processing), and the construction sector (Construction and Demolition Waste, cutting stone, asphalt, concrete)
The efficient use of water has become of paramount importance and one of the country's national priorities. This activity will support the management of water demand linked to water scarcity, including the development of political instruments aimed at reduce losses in irrigation water (for example on the plot), domestic, tourist and industrial uses and unbilled water.
N-W-JO-1: Conduct a diagnosis for the performance of Non-Revenue Water in a pilot utility and develop a plan for NRW improvements focusing on minimum cost of interventions with fast investment paybacks
This activity will assist a selected public water utility to target Non-Revenue Water (NRW) reduction and advance their efforts to improve Non-Revenue Water monitoring and management.
More sustainable production and consumption patterns will support Tunisia in its strive towards the reduction and prevention of environmental pollution. This activity is aiming to assist Tunisia in the transition to sustainable modes of production.
Technical assistance will be provided to address microplastics intentionally added in products or production processes through a publication that will provide policy makers with an overview of the different aspects of the microplastics issue. It will also highlight specific solutions that could be of relevance particularly for southern Med Countries (from policy to technological developments).
N-E-MO-1: Joint initiative for the establishment of the management chain for PET bottle packaging within the framework of EPR in Morocco
This activity aims to improve the sorting, collection and recovery system for PET beverage packaging waste in Morocco through the establishment of Extended Producers Responsibility (EPR) in the PET sector. Through this joint initiative, supported and led by all stakeholders involved in the management and recovery of PET bottle packaging as part of a sustainable EPR model, stock will be taken of relevant already existing initiatives, effective dialogue among all stakeholders involved in the sector will be facilitated, a monitoring group for the implementation of EPR in the PET bottles sector (COPIL) will be set up and a roadmap and a work plan, for the establishment of an operational model for the management of PET beverage packaging based on the principle of EPR will be prepared.
WES will focus on the the analysis of single-use plastics activity (data analysis, sector assessment, technical measures accompanying the conversion of plastic bag manufacturers, the proposal of a policy) leading to a legal text for the progressive phasing out of plastic bags; This activity will be implemented in line with the respective guidelines, developed by United Nations Environment -Mediterranan Action Plan on phasing out single use plastic bags.