GMI fosters networking among 14 strategic projects

The "Green MED Initiative" (GMI) held its first networking event in Barcelona on 22nd November with the aim of creating synergies and encouraging exchange of experience among 14 strategic projects funded by the ENPI CBC Med Programme.

The meeting took place in the framework of the Mediterranean Week of Economic Leaders - one of the major economic events in the Mediterranean region - and was organized by the Association of Mediterranean Chambers of Commerce (ASCAME), a partner of the GMI project in charge of the capitalization activities.

Over 50 attendees had the opportunity to present their project’s core aims and objectives, their partnership and geographical coverage, as well as selected outputs and upcoming events where it could be useful to collaborate with other similar ongoing initiatives.

On the topic the agro-food industry, the MedDiet project was discussed, followed by MEET, I AM and UMAYYAD on sustainable tourism, and MARE NOSTRUM and MED-JELLYRISK under integrated coastal zone management topic. Regarding the issue of waste treatment and recycling, the GMI, MED-3R and SCOW projects were highlighted, while solar energy was represented by the 5 following projects: MED-Solar, SHAAMS, MED-DESIRE, FOSTEr in MED and DIDSOLIT-PB.

Among the key conclusions was the importance of engaging national and international stakeholders in the promotion and dissemination of funded projects so as to foster the sustainability of results achieved on the long run and ensure that concerned actors are made aware of valuable tools, methodologies or approaches developed. 

About "The Green MED Initiative" (GMI)

Promoting the sustainable development related to waste treatment and recycling, encouraging environmental education among young people and ensuring a change in their behaviour towards the environment. These are the aims of "Green Med Initiative" (GMI), a project approved under the strategic call.

During the three years of implementation, the project will develop an incentive-based scheme to promote environmentally sustainable practices schools and universities. More specifically, a considerable quantity of used plastic bottles and cans (estimated amount of 20 tons) will be collected through Reverse Vending Machines placed in 200 schools and universities across six countries of the Mediterranean area. At the same time, in order to encourage youth to strengthen their environmental responsibility and knowledge, environmental awareness activities will be implemented.

GMI is coordinated by the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Beirut and Mount Lebanon. Other 11 eleven organizations among chambers of commerce, environmental and regional associations and municipalities coming from six countries participate in the project.

GMI total budget is € 4.126.873 including € 3.714.185 as Programme contribution (90%).

For any further information, please contact Ms. Diana Kobayter (projects@ccib.org) or Ms. Sima Hojaij (gmi@ccib.org.lb). To keep up-to-date with GMI, please visit its website and follow the project on Twitter and Facebook.

03.12.2013