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 20170801_111515Federation 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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SRI & GEF/UNDP Projects codify Efforts in Favor of Supporting Sustainable E-Waste Management


On June 6, 2017, CEDARE as the implementing agency of the Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) and the UNDP/GEF Medical and Electronic Waste Management Project signed MOU, whereby collaborating efforts in support of a sustainable and sound electronic waste management system in Egypt. Sharing objectives, mandates, and visions, the two projects decided to join forces and integrate efforts to best mobilize resources and optimize impacts boosting the e-waste sector in Egypt. The MOU defines multiple areas of cooperation where each party is committed to in its full capacity. 

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

 

In memory of the World Initiative logoEnvironment 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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CEDARE .. in Support of its SRI E-Khorda Recycling Entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs receiving the E-Khorda incubation programme were invited to CEDARE premises on May 31st, 2017, where they met the project management unit of the Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) and the technical consultants as well. As the pitching is in progress and the incubation phase is approaching its final phase, a friendly meeting was intended with the promising entrepreneurs to express CEDARE team’s full support to them in their upcoming career life and to urge them build on each and every experience gained from the incubation programme. CEDARE wished them all the best of luck andMeeting with E-khorda entrepreneurs reassured their satisfactory performance, whether they succeed in their pitch or not. In the meantime, their opinion about different obstacles and the training as a whole was assessed; possible solutions, which would help in conducting a comprehensive needs analysis, were brainstormed.

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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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Challenges of Shifting to Plastic Bags Alternatives discussed with the Government Officials

As the governmental sector is a key player in policy-making and regulating consumption patterns, another consultation session was jointly organized by CEDARE and the Ministry of Environment, on May 22nd, 2017, in a series of consecutive sessions as part of the agenda of SwitchMed Demo Reduction of Plastic Bags Consumption Project, inDSC_7098 partnership with the UN Environment. The consultation session was attended by several governmental authorities including the Chamber of Chemical Industries at the Federation of Egyptian Industries, the Directorate of Environmental Safety at the Ministry of Higher Education, the Directorate of Environmental Monitoring at the Ministry of Health & Population, and Ministry of Water Resources & Irrigation.

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