For a cleaner Mediterranean by the year 2020
This initiative is funded by the European Commission through DG EuropeAid.


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Innovative approaches in dealing with wastewater management in Montenegro


A four-day training course on “Urban wastewater: Integrated Management of Wastewater Collection and Treatment Systems” focusing specifically on coastal areas, took place in Montenegro (18-21 April 2011) within the framework of the Horizon 2020 CB/MEP programme and in response to the capacity building needs identified earlier in the project. The course was organized by the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education with the support of the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA).

Horizon 2020 training on wastewater treatment and reuse in Tunisia


A three-day training course on wastewater treatment and reuse took place in Tunis, Tunisia (18-20 May, 2011) within the framework of the Horizon 2020 Capacity Building/MEP project. With 40 participants from all over the country, the course succeeded in engaging the interest of various professionals with the overarching objective of promoting an integrated approach to drinking water consumption, wastewater management and reuse and related technologies, and thus contributing to the ultimate goal of depolluting the Mediterranean Sea.

From Lebanon to the Netherlands: officials visit waste management facilities in Europe


Twelve strategically selected trainees from Lebanon, involved on a daily basis in the research and application of solutions on the problem of waste management in the country, travelled to the Netherlands to participate in an intensive study visit to state of the art waste management facilities in order to further enhance their understanding of ISWM (Integrated Solid Waste Management). The workshop was organized within the framework of the EU funded Horizon 2020 CB/MEP project as a response to the imminent capacity building needs identified in the waste management sector in Lebanon.

H2020 Training on Wastewater Treatment and Reuse in Rabat, Morocco


Rabat, Morocco was the latest stop for the Horizon 2020 Capacity Building/MEP project where a three-day training course on wastewater treatment and reuse took place last week (11-13 May 2011). With 32 participants from all over the country, the course succeeded in engaging experienced professionals in a wider effort with the overarching objective to promote an integrated approach of drinking water consumption, wastewater management and the related technologies.

Turning Public Procurement Green in Croatia


In response to the Croatian Government’s priority to shift from public procurement to Green Public Procurement (GPP), a two-day seminar was held in Zagreb, Croatia (11-14 April 2011). The seminar was organised within the framework of the H2020 CB/MEP programme with the technical assistance of the UNEP/MAP Cleaner Production Regional Activity Centre and the full support of the Croatian Ministry for the Environment.

Building capacities through sharing Mediterranean collaborative experiences and good practices on Integrated Sustainable Waste Management (ISWM)


Another Horizon 2020 capacity building course was held in Larnaca, Cyprus last week (11-12 May 2011) dedicated to sharing and learning from Integrated Sustainable Waste Management (ISWM) experiences from eleven Mediterranean countries. The EU funded meeting was hosted just outside Larnaca city and benefited moral and financial support from the Cypriot Government. The two-day training acted as a “learning through teaching and sharing” platform for its 18 participants to consolidate their know-how, present their own challenges and experiences and be informed of other good practices and applications of ISWM in the region. Experiences in all five aspects of ISWM were covered: the social, environmental, operational, institutional, financial, and legislative aspects.

Master of Science in Public Procurement Management for Sustainable Development


The International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITC-ILO) in partnership with the University of Turin (Faculties of Law and Economics) offer a Master of Science (MSc) in Public Procurement Management for Sustainable Development that explores the legislative, regulatory, organisational and managerial foundations of a modern Public Procurement System. The programme is designed as a blended learning opportunity that combines policy/theory prescriptions with applied assignments and research work. It provides participants with direct access to expertise from academia, international organizations, think tanks and the private sector. It prepares them for a range of executive and managerial functions connected with public procurement management and supervision.

2nd Meeting of the RMR Sub Group: reporting progress at every step


More than 40 experts from the Southern Mediterranean and the West Balkans gathered for the second meeting of the RMR Sub Group in Copenhagen in March.  The meeting reviewed the most recent developments of the H2020 Initiative, the results of the ENPI-SEIS consultation meeting in November 2010, and also of the research projects and activities in the Mediterranean. Organised around breakout groups, the sub-group discussed ways to develop a regular reporting process to monitor environmental progress on "depolluting the Mediterranean" with a particular focus on the three H2020 priority issues of urban waste water, municipal waste and industrial emissions. By the end of the meeting a collective view of the next steps to be taken had been developed.