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August 2012

Capacity building by Afvalzorg in Jordan

De-pollution of the Mediterranean

The European Commission initiated a programme to improve environmental quality and awareness in countries surrounding the Mediterranean Sea:  Horizon 2020 Capacity Building/Mediterranean Environment Programme. The Mediterranean area is explained broadly. The partner countries are: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia- Herzegovina, Croatia, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Montenegro, Morocco, occupied Palestinian territory, Tunisia, Turkey, Syria.

The “Horizon 2020 Initiative” aims to de-pollute the Mediterranean by the year 2020 by tackling the sources of pollution that account for around 80% of the overall pollution of the Mediterranean Sea: municipal waste, urban wastewater and industrial pollution. Horizon 2020 has various components: monitoring, reporting, investigation, investment and training (capacity building). The training project is financed by the European Union and logistically executed by the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens in a broad consortium with the United Nations Environment Programme as most prestigious partner. De Association of Cities and Regions for Recycling and Sustainable Resource Management (ACR+) is responsible for the content of the training.  

Garbage dump and pollution on the Mediterranean beach in Libanon

Garbage dump and pollution on the Mediterranean beach in Libanon

 
The next training will take place from 11 to 13 September 2012 in Amman, Jordan. This training focuses on integrated sustainable municipal waste management and sanitary landfilling (including the effects on nearby river systems). The training is organised for 25-30 participants from ministries, agencies, regional authorities and municipalities. Participant are managers or engineers involved in planning, site selection and design of waste management facilities. The goal of the training is that afterwards participants will understand the status of waste management in Jordan and the complexities of waste issues. It entails legal, political, social, institutional, organisational, technical, environmental, financial and economical aspects. The participants will gain understanding of the effect of improved waste management on all these aspect and will understand the rationality behind different solutions in order to make informed choices for their own waste management systems.

Five trainers have been selected. Two Jordan trainers will explain the local situation.  A Belgian trainer focuses on waste production and collection. An Italian trainer takes care of legal and political aspects. Afvalzorg has been requested to address all landfill related aspects. Heijo Scharff will act as trainer on behalf of Afvalzorg.

 

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