Combatting marine litter in Algeria

The Mediterranean is a pollution hotspot when it concerns marine litter, in particular plastics and single-use plastics. Through the Regional Plan on Marine Litter Management in the Mediterranean which was adopted by the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention, Algeria is also addressing this growing problem. Under this plan, countries in the Mediterranean are asked to include measures to address marine litter in their National Action Plans. In this framework, Algeria already implemented several pilot actions and activities in [...]

April 14th, 2021|

WES to support actions to combat marine litter in Morocco

Marine litter is globally acknowledged as a major societal challenge of our time because of its significant environmental, economic, social, political and cultural implications.  Morocco, as all Mediterranean countries, is affected by marine litter, with negative impacts on coastal and marine ecosystems and on people's livelihoods and well-being. The root causes of marine litter in the Mediterranean are the same as anywhere else in the world: a combination of unsustainable modes of production and consumption, irresponsible behaviour by individuals [...]

March 29th, 2021|

WES to support Lebanese Ministry of Environment for the prevention of industrial pollution

The EU funded Water and Environment Support project (WES) will assist the Ministry of Environment with the improvement and updating of the Emission Limit Values (ELVs) for industrial emissions. It will do so by revising the existing guidelines for a number of industrial sectors and subsectors. With the start of this project on 4 March, WES kicked off its first activity in Lebanon. The Lebanese Ministry of Environment already issued a set of decisions related to environmental conditions for [...]

March 5th, 2021|

WES concludes regional training on phasing out Single Use Plastics

In the Mediterranean region, plastic pollution is one of the major threats to the environment. In order to address the development of policy measures linked to phasing out Single-Use Plastics (SUPs), the EU supported WES project has just concluded a regional training, organised in the form of a series of four webinar sessions implemented from January to February 2021. The training was attended by participants working for Ministries of Environment, Ministries of Industries, private sector (plastic and beverage producers) [...]

March 4th, 2021|

Brainstorming Meeting DEMO Projects

The WES project has started the monitoring of seven EU funded Demonstration (DEMO) project. The projects, which were awarded through EU Calls for proposals, are focusing on the promotion of efficient use of water in urban and rural areas. Under the predecessor of WES, the SWIM Horizon 2020 project, also a number of DEMO projects were guided and monitored. In order to exchange experiences in the field of project implementation, transferability and replication, WES organised a brainstorming meeting between [...]

February 24th, 2021|

Regional Training on Phasing out single use plastic items in the Mediterranean

Plastic pollution is one of the major pollution problems of our times that damages the environmental, economic and cultural values of the natural environment. In particular, the issue of marine plastic pollution has been characterized as the new millennium’s tragedy of the commons, as it poses a complex and multi-dimensional challenge with significant implications for the marine and coastal environment and human livelihoods all over the world. The purpose of this regional WES training, which will be held in [...]

January 13th, 2021|