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.
The second WES Steering Committee meeting will now be organised on-line on Monday 23 November 2020. The Steering Committee will bring together the WES Water and Environment Focal Points from the Partner Countries, the European Commission, institutional partners, representatives of the new WES Demonstration projects and regional organisations. The meeting will be co-chaired by the Contracting Authority - the European Commission, Directorate General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations (DG NEAR). During the meeting the progress of the project since the previous SCM (September 2019) and the way ahead will be discussed, leading to the endorsement of the project’s Workplan for the next twelve months.
WES will provide technical assistance and strengthen the capacities of the non-EU Mediterranean countries to implement effective measures to phase out Single Use Plastics. In this framework it will support WES Partner Countries in the formulation of the most appropriate and regionally harmonized measures/policy instruments to phase out Single Use Plastics and promote a circular economy.
The collection, transport, treatment and disposal of medical waste are essential in reducing environmental and health risks. This activity is aiming at the promotion of sustainable medical waste management solutions. It will support Palestine in updating the Master Plan with a Roadmap for healthcare waste and define a set of measures for the development of a contingency plan for crisis situations.
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.