SwitchMed demonstration activities or implementing Circular Economy on the ground.
In Algeria, two pilot projects have kicked off at the beginning of 2017. At this right moment, the team of Rima Dates Company is building its expertise in the art of making responsibly sourced handmade chocolate, date syrup, date vinegar and date oil. On the other side of the country, the managers of the textile Workshop ‘Atelier le Printemps’ in Beijaía are identifying their needs and developing a plan of activities with the experts who will travel to Algeria in May 2017.
In Tunisia, three projects are running effectively. With Dar Zaghouan, the feasibility study on the implementation of the circular economy concept in their new eco-chalet is being finished and a specific plan of actions to be developed in order to be awarded with a Clé Verte Eco-label is ready. Sabra Olive oil and the experts are working hand in hand to complete the audit on the valorization of the olive by-products, which will define the next step of the project. They also looked at the compliance of the company with the criteria or the Tunisian eco-label under development. Tunisia Ecotourism is developing three eco-tours for tourists with the help of Swithmed experts, and is becoming more and more independent in creating such innovative products.
The other demonstration projects in Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Palestine are direct implementation of their Sustainable Consumption and Production National Action Plans developed under the SwitchMed National Policy component in 2014-2016. The Ministries of Environment, under the direct supervision of the national focal points, coordinate the demonstration projects and assure an output-oriented timely delivery.
In Egypt the Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment implement a sustainable public procurement and a reducing plastic bag consumption project. “Mainstreaming Green & Sustainable Public Procurement” aims to introduce sustainable public procurement to support national efforts towards adopting a green economy provide policy analysis to decision makers, and create a market for sustainable goods and services. The second activity aims to “reduce plastic bag use” by charging a levy at the point of sale, accompanied by a national awareness campaign about the adverse impacts of plastic bags on the environment and the available alternatives.