Industrial operations have produced many environmentally hazardous sites throughout the Mediterranean region, which pose substantial health and other risks to both humans and ecosystems, affecting all aspects of sustainable development. To address this reality the EU funded Mediterranean Environment Programme organized a sub-regional training course in Algiers (24-25 September, 2014) dedicated to the rehabilitation of soils from industrial pollution with emphasis on highly toxic pollutants such as PCBs, mercury (Hg), cadmium (Cd) and lead (Pb).
By September 2014, two more modules will be available on the Horizon 2020 e-learning platform. One is dedicated to Urban Waste Water Management and the other on Constructed Wetlands for Waste Water Treatment. The two modules already available (PRTR and Integrated Sustainable Waste and Resource Management) are increasingly popular. Visit the platform, follow a course and gain your certificate!
Most countries in the region are moving from the use of dumps/uncontrolled landfills towards controlled sanitary landfills. Although this is a comprehensive and overarching approach, there is an urgent need to do more and better. Using the methodology of Integrated Sustainable Waste and Resources Management (SWRM) it should be possible to achieve relatively quickly (in 2025) a rate of composting / recycling between 20 and 50% with all the economic, environmental and social advantages that accompany such a change.
The Mediterranean Environment Programme, better known as CB/MEP, has for 5 years now been delivering more than 120 activities aiming to enhance the human capital of the Mediterranean so as to better address the Horizon 2020 objectives.
Horizon 2020 CB/MEP organized two 3-day trainings in The Hague (12-14 May 2014) and Marrakesh (23-15 June 2014) to train wastewater professionals in developing their skills on planning, applying appropriate technology and overall management of faecal sludge. This is not sludge from treated water but rather raw sludge, the proper management of which offers solutions for remote Mediterranean areas, or areas that are not connected to waste water treatment plants.
In July this year, the Mediterranean Environment Programme (CB/MEP), in charge of implementing the Capacity Building work programme of the Horizon 2020 Initiative, succeeded in having so far trained more than 3000 Mediterranean stakeholders through 132 activities dedicated to urban wastewater, municipal solid waste, industrial pollution and environmental mainstreaming.
The second half of 2014 will be very busy with H2020 meetings. Please see the tentative schedule of events here.
After the UfM Ministerial Meeting on Environment and Climate Change (May 2014) re-affirmed the continuation and enhancement of the Horizon 2020 Initiative, the second phase of the Project Preparation and Implementation Facility of the Mediterranean Hot Spots Investment Programme (MeHSIP) was approved. Similarly to the first phase, it is financed by the European Union and it will be implemented by the European Investment Bank. The starting date will be in the second half of 2014.