Managing waste from islands: MED-3R project to highlight good practices during technical visit to Porquerolles

Waste management on small islands of the Mediterranean sea is characterized by several specific challenges: reduced amount of waste to be treated, seasonal variation of quantities mainly due to tourism, limited availability of land area for waste disposal, potential long distance between the waste generation source and the treatment facilities, high costs for creating local recycling centers.
 
The unique features of waste management on islands oblige responsible bodies to define adequate plans which are able to guarantee that waste is processed sustainably from an environmental and economic point of view.
 
During a technical visit to take place on 10th and 11th December, the municipality of Hyères-les-Palmiers (France) – partner of MED-3R strategic project – will present the solutions adopted in Porquerolles to address the challenge of waste management on small islands. All project partners and experts of the sector are expected to participate in this two-day event which will be marked by workshops and visit to pilot sites.
 
Interested people are invited to contact Ms. Dalya Ben Mahdi, manager of MED-3R at the municipality of Hyères-les-Palmiers: dbenmahdi@mairie-hyeres.com and +33 (0)4.94.00.78.62
 
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Press release in Var-Matin (12 December 2013)

MED-3R at a glance
In response to the threats posed by the increase in waste production to the environment and public health, MED-3R ("Euro-Mediterranean strategic platform for a suitable waste management") aims to reinforce the management capacities of local authorities from France, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia with regards to waste collection, disposal and valorization. The implementation phase, to last until the end of 2015, foresees different actions in order to enhance the institutional governance of public policies related to waste management such as:

• the definition or improvement of 13 waste management plans in different cities of the Mediterranean area;
• the implementation of 13 pilot projects addressing various types of waste including plastic, organic or hazardous material;
• training of at least 300 public officials and managers, technical agents and staff of ONGs.
 
Thanks to the project waste production should be reduced by 5% to 10% in the target areas and waste valorization increased by 25%. 
 
MED-3R is coordinated by the Metropolis of Nice Côte d’Azur and gathers 14 partners from France, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia. Its total budget is € 4.787.062, of which € 4.308.385 as Programme contribution (90%).
 
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02.12.2013