CEDARE participated in “Dubai Sustainable Cities Summit” that was organized by Dubai Land Department on December 17th 2015 in Dubai, UAE, under the patronage of the Vice President , Prime Minister of the United Arab Emirates and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashed Al Maktoum.
Regional Online meeting was held on December 7th 2015. The following countries attended:
Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine, Emirates
The meeting was basically built around the following topics:
Data collection methods and challenges encountered
Summary of findings on sustainable buildings
Summary of findings on sustainable cities
A meeting with 50 fleet drivers and their fleet manager and fleet operator was held by CEDARE on December 6th, 2015, as part of a stakeholder consultation process for PHAROS Project. This was held at the premises of Danone Egypt in Cairo. Through the workshop, drivers were consulted on their attitudes towards GPS tracking interventions and about their daily routines, and PHAROS project was explained to them in preparation for upcoming travel diary surveys that would soon be launched. This was followed by a focus group with 10 drivers in order to draft the questionnaires that will be distributed to 100 fleet drivers.
CEDARE participated in the Annual Conference on Sustainable Consumption that was held in Beirut during the period from 16-17 November, 2015. The event was organized by the Arab Forum for Environment and Development (AFED).
AFED report: “Sustainable Consumption in Arab Countries” was presented and discussed during the conference.
The comprehensive report which AFED prepared in cooperation with a group of experts and specialized organizations investigated how changing consumption patterns can help preserve resources and protect the environment, ultimately leading to sustainable development.
CEDARE participated in the meetings of the 17th session of "JCEDAR" that was held in the League of Arab States (LAS) premises during the period from 14-17 November 2015. CEDARE has presented the status of the Arab Region Environmental Information network that is being developed in cooperation with UNEP. Also, CEDARE presented the Arab region Roadmap for enhancing fuel quality that was produced in cooperation with UNEP and the Arab countries
CEDARE participated in the SWITCHMED Connect Event that was held during the period from 29-30 October, 2015 in Barcelona, Spain. The event was organized by the SWITCHMED Programme.
The SwitchMed Connect 2015 was the first annual gathering of the European Union (EU) funded SwitchMed Programme with more than 300 Mediterranean stakeholders to build synergies, exchange knowledge, and scale up eco and social innovations.
CEDARE participated in the field trip that was conducted from the 17 – 21 October 2015 which included participants from Ghana, Egypt, Colombia, South Africa, Peru and India.
The field trip covered visits to an international trade fair for plastics processing, major e-waste recycling facilities and dismantling, pre-processing and recycling of plastics. An important and informative tour of the EMPA & WRFA offices was conducted where a presentation of the organization was delivered to the participants.