E-waste Entrepreneurs & Recyclers trained on Environmental Registry Content by SRI


On 20th August 2017, the Swiss Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) management unit based at CEDARE and the Ministry of Communication and Information Technology (MCIT) organized a training workshop on Environmental Registry. Participants, who are beneficiaries of SRI Accelerator Programme for existing enterprises and beneficiaries of SRI Entrepreneurship Support and Incubation Programme: E-Khorda, acquired technical and operational competence to obtain environmental registry in the one-day training. 

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Plastic Bags Producers-Consumers Networking Outlined


On August 1st 2017, CEDARE, in partnership with the Ministry of Environment (MoE) and the Chamber of Chemical Industries at the Federation of Egyptian Industries (FEI) brought together a wide range of plastic bag producers along with top retailers chains and consumers. This is the seventh consultation session discussing challenges and opportunities of altering non-degradable single-use plastic bags, in the framework of the National Initiative for the Reduction of non-degradable single-use plastic bags consumption announced by H.E. Minister of Environment in June 2017. The initiative is implemented in collaboration with the UN Environment and SWITCHMED Programme funded by the European Commission.

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6th Consultation Session titled: “How to publicize the national initiative for reducing plastic bags” conducted with Media Experts


As the Demo Project-Reduction of Plastic Bags is concerned with behavioral change, awareness, and sustainable impact, the sixth consultation session targeted media and public relations specialists. It acted as an opinion poll for media experts on the role of mass media in raising the awareness of the National initiative for plastic bags reduction. “When, how long, where, and how to publicize the initiative” was the main topic of the meeting held on July 31st., 2017.

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Egyptian Minister of Environment Launches the “National Initiative of Reduction of Plastic Bags Consumption”


Plastic Bags Initiative Logo-digital

In memory of the World Environment Day on 5 June, 2017, H. E. Dr. Khaled Fahmy, Minister of Environment, launched the Reduction of Plastic Bags Consumption National Initiative. Tuning in with the international trend of reducing plastic bags and under the slogan “NO MORE PLASTIC BAGS”, the Ministry- together with its partners- are playing a major role in the mobilization and awareness raising of the Egyptian community to contribute in sparing Mother Nature the dangers of plastic bags. The launching event was attended by a wide range of media representatives, civil society entities, CEDARE, and the ministry’s top management and executives.  

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Amman-Climate air pollution

On May 22-24, 2017, the regional expert meeting for the Middle East and North Africa on Climate and Air Pollution was held in Amman. The event gathered experts and representatives from the various MENA countries as well as the private sector and NGOs. The aim of the meeting was to explore opportunities to improve air quality, health and climate in the Arab countries of the Middle East and North Africa through the reduction of emissions resulting from actions on Short‐Lived Climate Pollutants(SLCPs): Black Carbon, Methane, Tropospheric Ozone, and Hydrofluorocarbons.

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“Mainstreaming Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP)” explored with the Governmental Sector

CEDARE, in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment, held a roundtable meeting with the governmenDSC_7750t’s officials responsible for procurement and quality on 24 May, 2017. The meeting was intended to discuss the challenges facing sustainable public procurement (SPP) and the mechanisms required to integrate it in Egypt’s governmental procurement system and further pave the way for it as a norm. Being the main buyer, the government is expected to include the green and sustainable products in the rules and regulations of governmental procurement system according to SwitchMed Demo Project implemented in cooperation with the UN Environment under the umbrella of the SwitchMed Programme & the European Commission.

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The Second Steering Committee Meeting of SwitchMed Demo Project

On May 22nd, 2017, the second meeting of the steering committee of the SwitchMed Demo project was held backCompressed SC-to-back with the consultation session with the government officials. Follow up on the performance of the project throughout the past six months took place. Future activities and implementation plan were verified and agreed upon. This included the National Initiative for the Reduction of Plastic Bags Consumption, scheduled to be launched in June, 2017.

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