The Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) was established in1992 as an international inter-governmental Organization with diplomatic status.This was in response to the convention adopted by the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible For the Environment (CAMRE) , in 1991 and upon the initiative of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Arab fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD).
Throughout a two-day workshop, the final draft Waste Management Outlook for West Asia was extensively reviewed by country representatives in Holiday Inn CityStarsHotel, Cairo. The consultation workshop was organized by CEDARE in collaboration with UN Environment, International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), International Environmental Technology Centre (IETC) on the 27th & 28th of June, 2018.
On Tuesday, June 26th, 2018, the Closing Forum of the first phase of the Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) project took place to mark the conclusion of phase 1 of the project which nearly lasted for two years.
On Tuesday 26 of June 2018, SRI Egypt Steering Committee met for the fifth and last time at Cairo Marriott Hotel, and was chaired by Eng. Khaled El Attar, MCIT Deputy Minister & Head of the Steering Committee.
Whilst the international community is celebrating World Environment Day, Egypt has it done its own way blended with Ramadan flavor on 5th of June at the InterContinental CityStars Hotel, Cairo. A grand event was organized by the Ministry of Environment in partnership with CEDARE, UN Environment, & SwitchMed Programme funded by the EU. The United Nations theme of the year “Beating Plastic Pollution” was quite significant at the national level as the date was significant well as. This date marks the birth of a one-year old initiative: the “National Initiative for Reducing Plastic Bags Consumption” which was officially launched by the Minister of Environment on this very day in 2017.
Again, H. E. Dr. Khaled Fahmy, Minister of Environment, gets in person together with Egyptian consumers of plastic bags. This took place in a fresh and lively morning through his visit to Maadi Club on Friday 4th of May, 2018, after he had visited 4 hypermarket chains 5 months earlier. In the context of the National Initiative of Reducing Plastic Bags’ Consumption, Dr. Fahmy, CEDARE, and the ministry’s top management and executives visited Maadi Club accompanied by a large number of media representatives.
The Swiss Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) Programme has just concluded a 4-day Study Tour for its Egyptian partners and beneficiaries on E-waste and Recycling which took place from 15 to 20 April 2018. The study tour aimed at addressing the questions and concerns among the stakeholders of the present system (Ministries and recycling companies) and providing additional experience for a successful continuation of the efforts of the SRI project Management team and stakeholders.
Throughout 3rd-4th of April, 2018, CEDARE successfully delivered a workshop for Quick Risk Estimation (QRE) in cities of Mauritania in support of national capacity building in Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR). The workshop was delivered in cooperation with UNISDR, UNDP office in Mauritania, UNDP office of Tunisia, and the DRR focal point in the Ministry of Environment in Mauritania. A consultation session at the Ministry of Interior was also conducted on the 5th of April to assist in planning next activities.