WES has developed an on-line ‘repository’ of selected practices (https://bestpractices-waste-med.net/) that promote circular economy and waste reduction across the municipal waste management chain in the Mediterranean. The aim was to identify (through a stakeholder consultation), document, and disseminate key best practices to improve the implementation of the 3Rs (reduction, recycling and reuse) for municipal waste in eight countries of the southern Mediterranean: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, and Tunisia. The cases included are of varying scale and type and are available in English and French.

This website contributes to the UfM’s 2030GreenerMed Agenda and also to the launching of a Flagship Initiative of UNEP/MAP’s  Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD 2016-2025) under Strategic Direction 3.4 “Promote sustainable waste management within the context of a more circular economy”: Undertake regional assessments, as well as knowledge exchanges, of high- and low-tech solutions, that have been successfully implemented to achieve (solid) waste reduction. The Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development of UNEP/MAP supports and monitors the implementation of the MSSD 2016-2025.

In early 2021, WES (through consortium member MIO-ECSDE), UNEP/MAP, UfM and the Circle of Mediterranean Parliamentarians for Sustainable Development (COMPSUD) launched this collective effort to set the MSSD 2016-2025 Flagship Initiative 3.4.5 into motion. WES consortium members ACR+ and LDK Consultants have also contributed in the development of the content, while the UfM has contributed by directly contracting ENT environment & management for the website design and development.

The repository offers the opportunity for new practices to be added via an “add a good practice” form while all partners remain committed to its continual enrichment.