Support for projects in Lebanon (Al Ghadir) and Tunisia (Lake Bizerte) are well advanced with feasibility studies expected to be completed during the next 6 months. MeHSIP-PPIF has recently started on feasibility study assignments in Egypt (Kafr El Sheikh) and Jordan (Al Ekaider) where important progress is expected during 2012. With all 4 studies now under way, MeHSIP-PPIF will continue its work to develop the project pipeline and identify funding sources for preparation and implementation of new priority investment projects under the Horizon 2020 initiative.
A two-day regional training course on “Ecosystem-based management in the Mediterranean”, took place in Athens on 15-16 December 2011. It was organized by the Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE) and WWF MedPO, in collaboration with UNEP/MAP, within the framework of the EU funded Horizon 2020 Capacity Building/Mediterranean Environment Programme. It was hosted by the University of Athens (UoA) and supported by the Hellenic Ministry of Environment, Energy and Climate Change.
Voluntary adoption of EU environmental legislation in the water sector and especially improved drinking and wastewater standards could lead to a decrease in morbidity and mortality and to benefits ranging between 9 and 21 billion euros per year in the European Neighbourhood partner countries and the Russian Federation, the international study project on Socio-economic Benefits of Enhanced Environment Protection says.
On 14 December 2011, the Mediterranean Information Office for Environment Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE) and UNEP/MAP’s Regional Activity Centre for Cleaner Production (CP/RAC) co-organized a Mediterranean workshop on how events can be organized in line with sustainability principles. Both the EU funded Horizon 2020 CB/MEP and the Strategic Partnership for the Mediterranean Sea Large Marine Ecosystem (MedPartnership) supported the workshop as well as the development of the main tool used, the Sustainable Events Toolkit for the Mediterranean.
Seven senior staff members of the Palestinian Environment Quality Authority (EQA) visited Vienna, Austria, for a four-day study visit to the Austrian Environment Agency and the Federal Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry, Environment and Water Management (19-22 December 2011). Through this study visit the Horizon 2020 Capacity Building/Mediterranean Environment Programme (CB/MEP) addressed the EQA’s request to strengthen its capacity in environmental management issues.
More than 60 academics, professionals and experts from Universities, relevant Ministries and NGOs from Albania, Algeria, Croatia, Cyprus, Jordan, Israel, Lebanon, Montenegro, Morocco, occupied Palestinian territory, Tunisia, Turkey, France, Greece, Italy, Spain and the Netherlands participated in a two-day intensive course on how Mediterranean University curricula should effectively address the Horizon 2020 priority areas (municipal solid waste, urban wastewater, industrial emissions and of course environmental integration).
This three-day long regional training course was organized in Amman, Jordan (19-21 December 2011) and was a collaborative effort of two ENPI funded projects, the H2020 CB/MEP and the recently launched Sustainable Integrated Water management (SWIM) project. Twenty five high-level professionals from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Jordan, Lebanon, Montenegro, Morocco, oPt and Tunisia attended the course.
On 7-9 December 2011, in Casablanca, Morocco, H2020 CB/MEP organised a regional workshop with thirty participants from most Mediterranean countries, the main objective of which was to increase the trainees’ understanding of the challenges and opportunities when allowing for private sector participation in the field of waste management and develop their skills to allow them for appropriate decision making in this regard.