Egyptian Minister of Environment propagates Biodegradable Plastic Bags in 7 Hypermarket Chains

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On Friday December 1st, 2017, H. E. Dr. Khaled Fahmy, Minister of Environment, visited 4 hypermarket chains to kick off the packing in biodegradable plastic bags. The event marked the conclusion of the first phase of the National Initiative of Reduction of Plastic Bags and the first popular activity throughout the six past months.

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Government Officials Trained on Sustainable Public Procurement Manual

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As the key output of the Sustainable Public Procurement (SPP) Project, the SPP Manual was launched by CEDARE & the Ministry of Environment, under the umbrella of UN Environment, on 25 September, 2017 through a training workshop for government officials. The training material, which is based on the manual, tackles all about sustainable and green procurement in light of Tenders and Auctions Law number 89 for year 1998 and its Executive Regulation.

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Plastic Bags Producers-Consumers Networking Outlined

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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

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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”

 

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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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“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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