ACR+ News

BLUEISLANDS Project | Newsletter 1

Banner newsletter 1
 

Table to content

 

 

Monitoring plastic pollution in MED Islands

The Institute of Environmental Science and Technology (ICTA) is a interdisciplinary research centre of the Autonomous University of Barcelona (UAB). It promotes academic research and postgraduate education in the environmental sciences. It aims to improve our understanding of global environmental change, and the nature and causes of environmental problems. In addition, it studies policies, strategies and technologies to foster a transition to a sustainable economy. One of the research line of the ICTA focuses on the characterization and impact of plastic pollution in the marine environment.

Plastic pollution is threatening the oceans, marine animals and even human health. When it is dropped on land, plastic often ends up in the marine system where it disintegrates into small pieces (microplastics; <5mm down to few nanometers) that can easily be integrated to the food web. Beaches represent one of the main gate for plastic to enter the ocean, associated to the current system of mass tourism over the last few decades, this represents a threat, especially in islands, for the environment as well as an economical challenge for local municipalities who have to face this seasonal increase of waste.

The main role of ICTA-UAB within the BLUEISLANDS project is to assess the dynamics of marine litter, with a special attention paid to micro- and macroplastics, in highly touristic coastal areas of the following islands of the Mediterranean Sea: Mallorca, Sardinia, Sicily, Malta, Rab, Crete, Mykonos, Rhodes and Cyprus. A survey protocol was specifically designed to periodically monitor the amount and type of marine litter found on three selected beaches of each of the nine islands, as well as in the surface waters running the length of these beaches and the underlying marine sediment. The beaches were selected in order to encompass different case-scenario including highly touristic beaches, remote beaches (likely less impacted) and beaches mainly used by locals. These surveys will be conducted during both the high and low touristic seasons in order to assess the impact of tourism on the generation of waste (including both the micro- and macroplastics) on these beaches.

A first set of surveys on the marine litter was conducted in March on 8 of the 9 islands. The preliminary results show that on average the plastic debris largely dominate the composition of the marine litter no matter the type of beach considered. The more touristic sites present the highest proportion of plastic items (±80% of the items collected) followed by the remote sites (±66%) and the beaches predominantly used by locals (±62%). The next more important types of waste are the papers and cardboards (±10% of the items collected) and the metal (±9%).  Concerning the "visible" microplastics collected during this first set of surveys on the marine litter, both primary (manufactured) and secondary (breakdown of larger plastic debris) microplastics are found on almost all the investigated beaches. Since the first sampling was done in a low touristic season, these first results do not allow to draw any conclusion concerning the impact of tourism on the waste generated on the selected beaches. However, these data will provide the baseline for comparison with the data collected during summer and they show that all studied islands are already contaminated by plastic pollution.

 newsletter 1 uab marine litter

Caption: Results of the marine litter surveys conducted in March 2017. The percentages of the different types of marine litter collected (right panel) were averaged for all the islands and presented according to the different type of beaches investigated.

newsletter 1 microplastics

Caption: Picture of the "visible" microplastics collected in March 2017 on Arina beach (Crete). The upper part shows the secondary microplastics while the lower part shows the primary microplastics (here, virgin resin pellets used in plastic manufacturing processes). The 1€ coin gives the scale.

 

 

Mitigating wastewater impact

newsletter 1 article 2

 

Wastewater treatment plants are often undersized to deal with the increase in wastewater during the high season tourist peak. The effect is the alteration of ecosystems and of seawater quality with negative repercussions on tourism itself.

BLUEISLANDS is developing a monitoring system to investigate the quality of coastal seawater through short-term macroalgae deployments. The experiments will be carried out in three areas before, during and at the end of the touristic season.

Data collected from the experiments will be needed in further project phases to draw:

  • Maps indicating the occurrence and the extent of plumes of nutrient and organic matter of anthropogenic origin
  • Warning system of seawater quality in coastal touristic destinations
  • Alert for competent authorities highlighting the eventual need for improved standards for sewage discharge, coastal use
  • Indications on the necessity to minimize and mitigate impact of tourism on marine ecosystems.

The first sampling campaign carried out within the BLUEISLANDS project, to assess the tourist impact on coastal areas, took place in Cyprus at the beginning of June, at the touristic site of Paralimni and in the control site of Cavo Greco.

Research activities, coordinated by CoNISMa (National Inter-University Consortium for Marine Sciences, Italy) were carried out with the precious support of the Ministry of Agricultural, Rural Development and Environment of Cyprus, and the all the people involved from the Department of Fisheries and Marine Research, the Department of Environment and InteliConS.

 

 

Marine litter management in the Mediterranean: The Maltese case

 

The Mediterranean Sea is an enclosed sea with only one opening for water exchange and occupies some 2.5 million km2. The north western shores of the sea are heavily populated and highly urbanised. The southern coast is sparsely populated but population is ever increasing. Coastal tourism is very important accounting to about one third of global tourism. Maritime traffic in the Mediterranean Sea is amongst the world’s busiest. The physical and demographic conditions of the Mediterranean Sea make it a trap for marine- and land-derived litter. Urbanisation and increased industrial activity are the major contributors of marine litter in the Mediterranean Sea. The impacts of marine litter in the Mediterranean Sea are substantial when considering its enclosed nature, endangered flora and fauna and the importance of the tourism industry in the area which doubles during the summer period.

The Maltese Islands are situated at the centre of the Mediterranean Sea. The Maltese territorial waters extend to 9.65km from the coast, comprehending an area of about 3,000 km2. Limited investigations were so far carried out on benthic (sea bottom) marine litter in the Maltese Islands. The beach surveys which are being carried out as part of the BLUEISLANDS project are expected to provide a better picture of the marine litter situation in the Maltese islands. This will also provide an insight on the impacts of tourism on the local scenario.

As part of its corporate social responsibility, Wasteserv recently coordinated two beach clean-ups.  The areas leading to these beaches were also incorporated in these clean-ups. Common waste streams noted during these clean-ups were glass, wood, metals and plastics.

After recovering marine litter, treatment becomes the next issue. Recycling of marine litter might not be technically and economically viable due to various reasons.  For instance plastics need to be meticulously sorted into same plastic types for recycling to be possible. This is hard to achieve since plastics found in marine litter would be difficult to identify, and also because not all plastics are recyclable. Plastic needs to be cleaned from foreign objects such as sand, dirt and marine organisms to be prepared for recycling. Moreover, decomposition from marine exposure and ultraviolet radiation may degrade the quality of the plastics making it unsuitable for recycling. Thermal treatment of plastic marine litter might not be possible due to the high moisture and salt content which might damage the furnace. Also, some plastics may emit harmful chemical substances when incinerated and the further treatment of ash would be necessary. Currently the waste collected from marine clean-ups is either exported or landfilled as other treatment in Malta is limited.

This information was presented during an Environmental attaché meeting as part of Malta’s EU presidency on the 27th April 2017 in Valletta. Around 100 EU delegates were informed on Maltese Marine litter issues and the Blue Islands project. From the feedback received the delegates were highly interested in this matter.

References:
‘Marine litter from circalittoral and deeper bottoms off the Maltese Islands (Central Mediterranean)’, Mifsud, Dimech, Schembri, Mediterranean Marine Science, 2013
‘Recycling Plastic Marine Litter’, Northwest Pacific Action Plan, UNEP Regional Seas, October 2007

 

 

Hotel Rifiuti Zero

Waste management is an ever increasing aspect of tourism and still, very often, key actors in the tourism industry are faced with barriers to reducing waste. Those barriers are mainly due to a lack of information, time constraints, space and finance. Furthermore, waste management is still generally perceived as an additional burden, instead of a potential income generating resource.

Promoting waste reduction in hotels is an even harder job. Every hotel is an autonomous reality, dealing with different customers, green certificates, kind of services offered and quality standards. Waste reduction plans in hotels require a hotel culture shift, involving suppliers, guests and staff.
To understand more about waste reduction processes in hotels, BLUEISLANDS got in touch with Antonino Esposito, creator of Hotel Rifiuti Zero®, a project that is bringing a network of hotels situated in Sorrento, a famous Italian tourist destination, towards a zero waste strategy. Antonino agreed to answer to some of our questions.

Which are the main challenges you faced to introduce Zero Waste principles to hotels?
Hotel Rifiuti Zero aims to combine environmental sustainability with significant economic benefits. Hotels managers are widely sensitive to sustainability issues, but they have to deal with the cost of each action taken. The main challenge for introducing Hotel Rifiuti Zero in every hotel-client was to demonstrate that sustainable resource management goals are linked with:

  • A more efficient management of the structure
  • A real and solid environmental sustainability (which, Antonino whispers, sometimes is missing in certain eco-labels..)
  • Substantial savings consisting in waste-tax discounts, lower consumption, less hours spent by hotel staff to collect waste

How do hotels in Hotel Rifiuti Zero network benefit from efforts in waste reduction?

newsletter 1 article 4Each hotel manager believes to be the owner of the best possible management system. They are generally highly surprised when we give them our feedback on their waste management processes.
Magic happens when we analyze in each structure the production and disposal of waste, water and energy consumption, the level of waste taxes, the workers’ modus operandi. Hotel managers realize how big those management improvement areas are, and therefore are encouraged to take the first steps in a Zero Waste direction.
Each structure has its own peculiar processes: therefore, every one of the solutions we propose its highly customized. The Hotel Rifiuti Zero team has the expertise and experience to identify these criticalities and to provide the necessary corrective measures. That's what we do!
Hotels benefits are real and tangible: improved quality of employees work, customers appreciate accommodation facilities which are concerned about their environmental footprint, savings on supplies and on waste taxes. The efforts required to apply a Hotel Rifiuti Zero strategy cost roughly the 30% of the overall savings.

 

Which are the main results oh Hotel Rifiuti Zero? How are tourists and local public administration perceiving your work?
First step our hotels are called to is a real waste hunt: all unnecessary packaging are identified, all single dose packs or mono use supplies of soaps and food are eliminated, and flow reducers are placed on every tap. Medium and long term investments are aimed to reduce energy consumption, with the replacement of less efficient components.
Staff training is a core part of Hotel Rifiuti Zero: they have to deal with new waste collection processes, and even more important, they have to inform customers about the new procedures. To help hotel staff onthese new duties, we provide them with panels containing relevant informations on strategic zero waste features in the facility. We tend to put a C beside the 4Rs of the Zero Waste philosophy (Recycle-Redesign-Reduce-Reuse), and that C stands for Communication!

Customers appreciate hotels that adopt good environmental practices. Their appreciation is proven by their active and enthusiastic participation: hotels applying Hotel Rifiuti Zero have recorded an increase of around 15% of attendance (and hence an increase in sales!). On the other hand, we noticed a significant increase in customer's positive reviews on social networks. Thus meaning, that environmental care is perceived by tourists as a quality feature.
Local administrations are demonstrating to appreciate this kind of initiative by giving strong discounts on waste tax. Local authorities are well aware that a better “green” reputation and lower waste management costs are benefits for the whole community. That’s what we work for: waste is no longer a problem, but an opportunity!

 

 

Reuse of gypsum and leftover fish processing in Réunion island

Ea eco-enterprises, partner in BLUEISLANDS project, is a French regional cluster which objective is to foster emerging innovative solutions to measure, prevent, minimize or compensate the impacts of human activities on the environment. Ea eco-enterprises represents more than 140 members, gathering a large set of complementary skills: research centers, consulting companies, analysis laboratories, operators and utility providers. A significant part of SMEs Ea members are engaged in providing solutions for waste management. Tania Trochon from 2T Solutions Durables is one of them. She was engaged as sustainable development expert in many projects aiming at waste recovery system development.

She provides here some examples of running or past experiences:

Reuse of leftover fish processing
There is a waste common to all islands: leftover fish processing. Usually considered as a source of pollution and a health-related question, it can be transformed to a good fertilizer for local agriculture as it is done in Pacific islands, for instance on Réunion island. Similarly, organic matter from farming, food processing activities or waste water treatment can be transformed for agriculture.

Reuse of gypsum on Reunion island
The next example concern a building material widely used, the set gypsum. In Réunion island, a recycling unit has recently been created and then allows to reuse gypsum in local cement manufacturing. For more information: www.mecaroanne.com
All these solutions needed a significant time for research and testing, and huge efforts to develop local waste solutions instead of external solutions, but produced added-value both for the environment and the local development.

To learn more:

 

Conseil d'administration

ACR+ est géré par un Conseil d'administration élu par l'Assemblée Générale et comprenant des représentants des autorités locales et régionales. Le conseil d'administration ACR+ pour le mandat actuel (mai 2016 à mai 2018) est composé par:

 

Josep Maria Tost

Josep Maria Tost i Borràs

ARC 80px
Président

Agència de Residus de Catalunya (ES)

 
     
LIPOR Dr Leite web

Fernando Leite

Lipor 80px
Vice-président, Trésorerie

Serviço Intermunicipalizado de Gestão de Resíduos do Grande Porto - LIPOR (PT)

 
Brussels Environment B Dewulf web

Barbara Dewulf

Bruxelles Environnement 80px
Vice-président

Bruxelles Environnement - Leefmilieu Brussel (BE)

     
ORDIF H De Oliveira web

Helder de Oliveira

ORDIF 80px
Vice-président

Observatoire Régional des Déchets d'île-de-France - ORDIF (FR)

 
Zero Waste scotland I Gulland web

Iain Gulland

Zero Waste Scotland 80px
Vice-président

Zero Waste Scotland (UK)

 

     
 

Marco Bucci

AMIU Genova 80px
Membre

City of Genoa (IT)

 
Paris A Guhl web

Antoinette Guhl

Mairie de paris 80px
Membre

City of Paris (FR)

     
NLWA D Rappou web

Dimitra Rappou

NLWA 80px
Membre

North London Waste Authority (UK)

 
Odense M D Hansen web

Michael Dino Hansen

Odense 80px
Membre

City of Odense (DK)

     
Wasteserv T Montebello web

Tonio Montebello

Wasteserv Malta 80px
Membre

Waste Serv Malta (MT)

   

Prises de position

Découvrez tous les documents de position ACR+!

 

arrow3 2016 - Open letter regarding the discussion on the EP draft report on the Waste Package

arrow3 2016 - ACR+ Position Paper on the Circular Economy Package 2.0

arrow3 2015 - ACR+ Position Paper: Sustainable Materials Management - A Key Solution to Climate Change

arrow3 2015 - ACR+ position paper on the Circular Economy Package

arrow3 2015 - ACR+ answers to Circular Economy Consultation

arrow3 2014 - ACR+ position on the Circular Economy Package

arrow3 2014 - ACR+ 20 years - New vision

arrow3 2013 - Green Paper on a European Strategy on Plastic Waste in the Environment: ACR+ Position

arrow3 2013 - The review of the European Union’s key waste targets: ACR+ Position

 

 

 

 

Rapports techniques

 

Découvrez tous les rapports ACR+!

 

arrow3 2016 - Cross-analysis of “Pay-As-You-Throw” schemes in selected EU municipalities

arrow3 2016 - Biowaste Selection Schemes

arrow3 2015 - Circular Europe Network General Guidelines on Circular Economy Strategies by Local and Regional Authorities

arrow3 2015 - The Potential Contribution of Waste Management to a Low Carbon Economy

arrow3 2014 - The EU Capital Cities waste management benchmark

arrow3 2014 - Municipal Waste Performance Contracts

arrow3 2014 - Management options for 6 composting strategies Report

arrow3 2013 - The review of the European Union’s key waste targets: ACR+ Position

arrow3 2013 - Green Paper on a European Strategy on Plastic Waste in the Environment: ACR+ Position

arrow3 2013 - Plastic Bags: Inventory of Political Instruments, ACR+ & ACR+MED Report

arrow3 2013 - Municipal waste data comparison - ACR+ Observatory of Municipal Recycling Performances Report

 

More...

 

Publications

Rapports et documents

Les rapports techniques ACR+ développent des analyses détaillées sur des sujets spécifiques liés à la gestion des déchets, tandis que les rapports de conférences et de projets vous donnent un aperçu de nos activités.

arrow3 2016 - Cross-analysis of “Pay-As-You-Throw” schemes in selected EU municipalities

arrow3 2016 - Biowaste Selection Schemes

 

Découvrez tous les rapports ACR+.

 

Les Prises de position

Les Prises de position ACR + présentent l'avis d'ACR+ et de son/ses membre/s.

arrow3 2016 - Open letter regarding the discussion on the EP draft report on the Waste Package

arrow3 2016 - ACR+ Position Paper on the Circular Economy Package 2.0

 

Découvrez tous les documents de position ACR+.

 

Devenir membre

Devenir membre en quelques étapes

Pour devenir membre d'ACR+ il vous suffit simplement de suivre ces quelques étapes :

join

  1. Remplissez le formulaire d'adhésion en ligne ou demandez au Secrétariat (Cette adresse e-mail est protégée contre les robots spammeurs. Vous devez activer le JavaScript pour la visualiser.) une version Word. Veuillez noter que les Membres invités doivent remplir un autre formulaire.
  2. Après réception du formulaire d'adhésion, nous vous enverrons une facture.
  3. Après paiement de la facture, vous recevrez votre dossier "nouveau membre".
  4. Profitez de votre adhésion!

Catégories d'adhésion

  • Membres effectifs : autorités publiques locales, régionales ou nationales chargées de la gestion durable des ressources. Les membres effectifs participent à l'Assemblée Générale en ayant le droit de vote.
  • Membres partenaires : toute organisation qui n'est pas une autorité locale, régionale ou nationale. Cela comprend : ONG, instituts académiques ou organismes scientifiques, cabinets de conseil, fédérations professionnelles, autorités ou agences nationales, entreprises privées et réseaux d'autorités locales. Les membres partenaires participent aux activités d'ACR+ de la même manière que les membres effectifs et soutiennent les objectifs du réseau en payant une cotisation, mais ils n'ont aucun droit de vote à l'Assemblée Générale.
  • Membres invités : autorités publiques venant d'une sélection de pays du Sud-Est de la Méditerranée1 et invitées à rejoindre ACR+ pour une période limitée de 3 ans en bénéficiant de tous les services aux membres de manière pro-bono. Les membres invités n'ont pas de droit de vote à l'Assemblée Générale. Les autorités publiques intéressées sont invitées à remplir le formulaire en ligne ou contacter le Secrétariat d'ACR+ Secretariat afin de devenir un membre invité.
    1 Pays de la Politique européenne de voisinage de l’UE (Algérie, Égypte, Israël, Jordanie, Liban, Libye, Maroc, Palestine*, Syrie et Tunisie, et à l’Est : Arménie, Azerbaïdjan, Belarus, Géorgie, Moldavie et Ukraine) et pays de la politique d’élargissement de l’UE (Albanie, Ancienne République de Yougoslavie, République de Macédoine, Monténégro, Serbie, Turquie, Bosnie Herzégovine, Kosovo**)

Frais d'adhésion

Membres effectifs :

  • Moins que 50 000 d’habitants : 630 €
  • Entre 50 000 et 100 000 d’habitants : 1260 €
  • Entre 100 000 et 500 000 d’habitants : 1890 €
  • Entre 500 000 et 2 M ° d'habitants : 2520 €
  • Plus de 2 M ° d'habitants : 3150 €
  • Réseaux de collectivités locales moins de 50 000 d’habitants : 630 €
  • Réseaux d'autorités locales entre 50 000 et 100 000 d’habitants : 1260 €
  • Réseaux d'autorités locales entre 100 000 et 500 000 d’habitants : 1890 €
  • Réseaux d'autorités locales entre 500 000 et 2 M ° d'habitants : 2520 €
  • Réseaux d'autorités locales de plus de 2 M ° d'habitants : 3150 €

Membres partenaires:

  • ONG : 250 €
  • Institut académique ou corps scientifique : 250 €
  • Consultant : 1260 €
  • Fédération professionnelle : 3780 €
  • Autorité ou agence nationale : 3780 €
  • Société privée : 6300 €

 

*Cette désignation n'implique aucune reconnaissance de la Palestine en tant qu'État et est sans préjudice des positions relatives à la reconnaissance de la Palestine en tant qu'État.
**Cette désignation est sans préjudice des positions sur le statut et est conforme à la résolution 1244 (1999) du Conseil de sécurité des Nations unies ainsi qu’à l’avis de la CIJ sur la déclaration d’indépendance du Kosovo.

Services aux membres

 

1.eventsÉvénements

 

ACR+ organise des webinaires, des conférences et des séminaires en Europe sur des questions d'actualité liées à la gestion des ressources matérielles. Les membres du réseau ont accès gratuitement à ces événements.

 

2.networkRéseau professionnel

 

Les membres ont accès à un réseau international d'autorités régionales, locales, d'organisations et d'experts impliqués dans la gestion des déchets urbains en Europe.

 

3.infoÉchange d'informations et d'expériences

 

Les membres ont la possibilité d'échanger des informations et des expériences avec des chefs de file en matière de gestion de différents types de déchets (emballages, déchets organiques, déchets volumineux, équipements électriques, déchets dangereux, pneus et plus encore !).

 

 

4.reportsRapports techniques

 

Les rapports ACR+ examinent en profondeur les différents aspects et problèmes relatifs à la gestion des des déchets municipaux.

 

5.updatesVeille d'actualités

 

Pour que ses membres restent au courant des dernières actualités dans le monde de la gestion des ressources matérielles, ACR + a développé :
  • La Newsline: ce journal d'information hebdomadaire regroupe des actualités venant de différents pays et sur différents sujets ainsi que les dernières actualités des membres du réseau. Lire un exemple en ligne.
  • L'EU Digest: publiée tous les deux mois, cette publication offre un aperçu complet des actualités des institutions européennes. Lire un extrait en ligne.
 

6.visibilityPossibilités de visibilité

 

ACR+ offre à ses membres la possibilité d'accroître leur leur visibilité et les aide dans la dissémination de leurs projets.

ACR+ est toujours ravi de faire la promotion des activités de ses membres!

Les dernières actualités des membres sont présentées dans la section Actualités de nos membres.

7.projectsSoutien aux projets

 

ACR+ participe à plusieurs projets et études européens. Pour un aperçu de nos projets en cours, visitez la page Projets en cours.

 

Les membres ont davantage de possibilités d'être impliqués dans des études et des projets internationaux sur la prévention des déchets, le recyclage ou la coopération Nord-Sud.

 

 

8.EU policiesPolitiques européennes

 

Restez en contact avec les dernières évolutions des politiques européennes en matière de déchets et ressources en ayant la possibilité d'exprimer vos points de vue au cours des discussions et du processus décisionnel.

Partenariats

Depuis sa création, ACR+ coopère et soutien d'autres réseaux et plates-formes, afin d'unir leus forces et d'atteindre l'efficacité des ressources.
ALDA

European Association for Local Democracy (ALDA)

ALDA - l'Association européenne pour la démocratie locale est une organisation non-gouvernementale dédiée à la promotion de la bonne gouvernance et de la participation citoyenne au niveau local.

ALDA se concentre sur des activités qui facilitent la coopération entre les autorités locales et la société civile. Établie à l'initiative du Congrès des pouvoirs locaux et régionaux du Conseil de l'Europe, depuis 1999, ALDA opère dans l'Union européenne et dans son voisinnage.

www.alda-europe.eu

 

Climate Chance

Climate Chance coalition on circular economy

En coopération avec Le Conseil des Communes et Régions d'Europe (CCRE) et L’Institut de l'économie circulaire Orée, ACR + est un copilote de la coalition Climate Chance sur l'économie circulaire, une coalition internationale d'acteurs non étatiques sur l'économie circulaire. Elle vise à définir des priorités communes d'action en matière de collaboration et de gouvernance, de mise en œuvre et de suivi d'actions concrètes pour stimuler l'économie circulaire.

Une feuille de route pour les années à venir dans le domaine de l'économie circulaire a déjà été publiée. Elle identifie 4 principaux domaines prioritaires: la sensibilisation, l'échange de pratiques exemplaires et le renforcement des compétences, les recommandations politiques et la méthodologie et l'évaluation.

L'initiative Climate Chance a été lancée par un membre d'ACR+, Nantes Métropole, afin d'impliquer les acteurs non étatiques dans les négociations sur le climat et l'action internationale sur le changement climatique.

www.climatechance2016.com

 

Covenant Mayors

Covention des maires pour le climat et l'énergie

ACR+ est un Promoteur de la Convention des maires pour le climat et l'énergie depuis février 2016.

Ce mouvement européen rassemble des milliers d'autorités locales et régionales dans la lutte contre le changement climatique. Il est basé sur un engagement volontaire des signataires à mettre en œuvre les objectifs environnementaux et énergétiques de l'UE sur leurs territoires. Les nouveaux signataires s'engagent maintenant à réduire les émissions de CO2 d'au moins 40% d'ici 2030 et à adopter une approche intégrée pour lutter contre l'atténuation et l'adaptation au changement climatique.

Les signataires adoptent une vision commune pour 2050 : accélérer la décarbonisation de leurs territoires, renforcer leur capacité à s'adapter aux effets inévitables du changement climatique et permettre à leurs citoyens d'accéder à une énergie sûre, durable et abordable.

www.eumayors.eu

 

SilverofISWA

International Solid Waste Association (ISWA)

ACR + est un « membre argenté » de l'International Solid Waste Association (ISWA).

ISWA est une association mondiale, indépendante et à but non lucratif, qui travaille dans l'intérêt public et est la seule association mondiale à promouvoir une gestion durable, globale et professionnelle des déchets.

www.iswa.org

 

Medcities

Medcités

MedCités est un réseau de villes méditerranéennes créé à Barcelone en novembre 1991 à l'initiative du Programme méditerranéen d'assistance technique pour l'environnement (METAP).

La création de MedCités a été une conséquence de l'objectif de METAP consistant à renforcer les actions décentralisées impliquant l'assistance technique comme le meilleur moyen de sensibiliser aux problèmes environnementaux urbains et de faire de ces actions un moyen d'autonomiser les municipalités des pays en développement en matière de gestion des enjeux environnementaux urbains. MedCities continue d'offrir ce soutien. Depuis, MedCités a étendu ses activités de l'environnement au développement durable de manière plus large.

En tant que réseau de villes méditerranéennes appartenant à différents pays, MedCités envisage le développement urbain durable comme un moyen d'améliorer les conditions de vie dans la région méditerranéenne.

www.medcities.org

SWIM and HORIZON2020

Websitedownload

 

The SWIM and H2020 Support Mechanism projects consists of two components, one on sustainable water management (SWIM Supporting Mechanism) and one on sustainable waste management (H2020 Supporting Mechanism), while ACR+ is involved in the latter. The concept of the SWIM-H2020 SM regional project is based upon a combination of awareness raising, policy advice, technical advice and capacity building.

Project co-financed by EuropAid.

Highlights

State of art

  • 11-13 July 2017, Israel: Stakeholder meetings on plastics waste management
  • 17-18 July 2017, Israel: Meetings and on-site visits on glass recycling
  • 25-27 September 2017, Brussels: Study visit for participants from all beneficiary countries on construction & demolition waste management

THE PROJECT

The key objective of the project is to contribute to reduced marine pollution and a more sustainable use of scarce water resources by providing tailored and targeted support to stakeholders of the Beneficiary Countries (BCs) within each of the six results areas.  As such, the project aims to be a resource for BCs, to feed into their own work towards each of these end results, where relevant.

The approach to delivery of the SWIM-H2020 SM project will be guided by three core elements:

  • To operate as a regional programme that diligently applies the mandate of the UfM Ministerial Meetings and focuses on hands-on, experience based joint activities and sharing/ exchanging of ideas, approaches and results;
  • To be genuinely demand-led, responding to the needs of BC stakeholders, as identified through consultations and ongoing dialogue;
  • And to construct activities that lead to identifiable and concrete results for the BCs and the region as a whole.

ACTIVITIES

The project will address the following themes: Policy and regulatory frameworks, facilitating sustainable investments, environmental impact assessments and strategic environmental assessments, hazardous waste, municipal waste, marine litter, urban waste water, industrial emissions, environmental mainstreaming in sector policies. National-level support will target priority areas identified in the updated National Action Plan.

  • Algeria: Marine litter (Marine and coastal litter particularly characterization and development of a national management plan for coastal waste and marine litter)
  • Egypt: Municipal Solid Waste (Support to the newly established National Solid Waste Management Agency and to facilitate its first steps, particularly implementation of WM plan, adapting a “Decentralized system” and community participation)
  • Israel: Solid Waste Management (Plastic waste management and recycling, glass waste management and recycling, and Construction & Demolition waste management and recycling)
  • Jordan: Green Economy (Sustainable Consumption & Production, Green Economy)
  • Morocco: Marine litter reduction in 2 regions, and development of integrated management plan on marine litter for the coastal areas of two regions)
  • Tunisia: Solid Waste Management (Capacity building for recovery and recycling of a variety of wastes with focus on rural areas) and Green Economy and Sustainable Consumption & Production\

 

PARTNERS INVOLVED

The SWIM and H2020 Support Mechanism projects' leader is LDK Consultants Engineers & planners S.A.

The project brings together partners from 8 countries:
• ACR+
• LDK Consultants Engineers & planners S.A.
• Arab Countries Utilities Association (ACWUA)
• Arab Network for Environment and Development (RAED)
• Catalan Waste Agency (hosting institution of Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC)*
• EEIG UT-SEMIDE
• GLOBE ONE LTD.
• Royal Haskoning DHV Nederland B.V.
• LDK Consultants Europe S.A.
• Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSD)
• Mileu Ltd.
• National and Kapodistrian University of Athens
• Umweltbundesamt GmBH.
• WS Atkins International Ltd.

* ACR+ member

 

BLUEISLANDS

Website social 1 logo facebook   download 

IMG 4510

The BLUEISLANDS project's goal is to identify, address and mitigate the effects of the seasonal variation of waste generation on Mediterranean islands as an effect of tourism, and establish the necessary conditions to fuel local loops of circular economy. 

Project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund.

Highlights

  • The 2nd Technical Committee of BLUEISLANDS took place in the Athens Chamber of Commerce and Industry on 23 June
  • The first sampling campaign of the BLUEISLANDS project took place in Cyprus at the beginning of June, at the highly tourist site of Paralimni and in the control site of Cavo Greco.
  • Subscribe to the MedBlueIslands facebook group for project updates, and to check photos of the sampling campaign in Mediterranean touristic sites.

To discover more news about BLUEISLANDS project, read online the latest newsletter!

 

THE PROJECT

The BLUEISLANDS project aims to properly identify, address and mitigate the effects of the seasonal variation of waste generation on Mediterranean islands as an effect of tourism. The ultimate goal of the project is to establish the necessary conditions so that the waste generated on each island will serve as a resource bank which will be used to fuel local loops of circular economy.

 

ACTIVITIES

BLUEISLANDS project will measure the quantity and composition of waste generated over a twelve-month period on nine Mediterranean islands, examining the correlation between the quantified waste generated and both the number of tourists and the presence of litter in the coastal environment. At the same time, the existing waste management structure and followed respective practices will be assessed.

On the basis of a report prepared from the results derived from all nine islands involved, Blue Islands project will formulate a multidimensional tool, in order to allow potential stakeholders to address effectively the problematic phenomenon. Over a following twelve-month period the tool will be implemented with selected action plans for each participating island, while the efficacy of each action plan will be evaluated.

PARTNERS INVOLVED

BLUEISLANDS project’s leader is Cyprus Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Development and Environment.

The project brings together partners from 8 countries:
•   ACR+
•   Autonomous University of Barcelona
•   Balearic islands Government
•   CoNISMa - National Inter-University Consortium for Marine Sciences
•   EA Eco-Entreprises
•   INSULEUR - Network of the Insular CCI of the European Union
•   Municipality of Mykonos
•   Primorje and Gorski Kotar county
•   Region of Crete
•   Rhodes Municipality
•   Sardinia Region
•   Taormina Etna Consortium
•   Wasteserv Malta*

* ACR+ member