Euro-Med Weeks for Waste Reduction


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Euro-Med Weeks for Waste Reduction


The Euro-Med Weeks for Waste Reduction selected 5 winners!

 The call for action developers in the Southern Mediterranean closed on December 12th with a total of 25 applications submitted, bursting with innovative ideas to raise awareness on the prevention and reduction of textile waste. NGOs, civil society organizations, educational establishments and public entities were mobilized and responded to the call, sharing their proposals and innovative ideas for future actions to be implemented in the region. Among these 25 applications, 5 action developers have been selected as winners of the call for action of the first edition of the Euro-Med Weeks for Waste Reduction, funded by the EU through the SwitchMed Programme. 

Who are the winners?

The 5 selected actions are:

  • Young creators: ready, set, sew !
  • From old t-shirts to reusable bags
  • Fashion show at the recycling center
  • Supporting women in sustainable textile entrepreneurship
  • Voice up! Let’s speak about the impact of textile waste on the environment

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What’s next?

Winners will receive a voucher worth up to €2,900 to cover the costs of their proposed action, and will be invited to attend the EWWR Awards Ceremony and the Dublin Circular Economy Hotspot 2023, in Dublin.

What is the EMWWR?

The Euro-Med Weeks for Waste Reduction is a raising-awareness campaign on waste prevention in the Mediterranean region, highly inspired by the consolidated experience and results of the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR). The campaign is led by 2 organisations with a solid network and expertise on circular economy and on the Mediterranean area, namely:  the Association of Cities and Regions for sustainable resource management (ACR+) and MedWaves, the UNEP/MAP Regional Activity Centre for SCP.

The first edition is entirely funded by the EU through the SwitchMed Programme.

The Euro-Med Weeks for Waste Reduction (EMWWR) will contribute to catalyze actual behaviours toward more sustainable consumption and production patterns, aligning to the key objectives of the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR) while reflecting the social, economic, and political specificity the Southern Mediterranean brings about.

The organisation of a Euro-Med Weeks for Waste Reduction contributes to the implementation of the several regional commitments under UNEP/MAP-Barcelona Convention, namely:

  • The Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD), including the Regional Action Plan on Sustainable Consumption and Production in the Mediterranean
  • The UNEP/MAP Medium-term Strategy (MTS) for 2022-2027
  • The set of the regional measures to support the development of green and circular businesses and strengthen the demand for more sustainable products in the Mediterranean approved by the Barcelona Convention Contracting Parties at their COP22 in December 2021. In particular, one of the transversal measures adopted (D1) is related to strengthening access to sustainable products and services/sustainable consumption.

Likewise, this initiative will also contribute to the objectives of the Union for the Mediterranean’s “2030GreenerMed Agenda” (Towards 2030: Agenda for a Greener Med – Contributing to Achieving the Environmental SDGs in the Mediterranean).

Call for Actions – EMWWR edition 2022

The EMWWR Call for Actions is organized to reward the most outstanding actions carried out during each edition by Action Developers in the South Mediterranean Region. In this 2022 edition, the EMWWR will launch a Call for Actions in which different Action Developers will be invited to submit Action proposals that mobilize youth (18 to 35 y.o.) in the prevention and treatment of textile waste in the Southern Mediterranean area, in line with the EU Sustainable & Circular Textiles Strategy.

The aim of the 2022 edition is to:

  • Recognize the work accomplished by public and private stakeholders and by civil society in the waste reduction and recovery field.
  • Raise awareness on waste reduction, product reuse and repair, and material recycling strategies and active regional, national and local policies.
  • Mobilize and encourage citizens (particularly youth from 18 to 35 y.o.) in the Southern Med area in conducting waste prevention and recovery actions.

The Thematic Focus of the 2022 edition will be Circular and Sustainable Textiles, in alignment with the EWWR thematic focus. This will contribute to highlight the strong impact this sector has on our planet but, mainly, to inspire actions that will bring more circularity into the textile sector.

Who Can Apply?

The Call for Actions is directed and open to Action Developers, a term that refers to different actors with the capacity to implement and promote awareness-raising actions on waste reduction, product reuse and materials recycling within their territories.

In this 2022 edition of the EMWWR, the Call for Actions will be open to Action Developers who are legally established and who respond exclusively to one of the following categories:

  • NGO/Civil Society Organization
  • Educational Establishment
  • Public Entity

Likewise, in this 2022 edition of the EMWWR, the Call for Actions will be directed and open to Action Developers that are legally based in one of the following Southern Mediterranean Countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.

What’s the prize?

A total of 5 vouchers of 2.900 euros each will be awarded to 5 Action Developers (1 voucher per Action Developer) to be selected among the proposals submitted.

The vouchers will be open and granted to the 3 categories of the Call (Reduce, Reuse/Repair, Recycle/Donate). The vouchers will be granted to cover the diverse costs linked to the implementation of the proposed action.

Likewise, the awarded Action Developers will be granted the opportunity to attend the Dublin Circular Economy Hotspot 2023, to be celebrated in Dublin in May-June 2023.