6th & 7th Consultation Sessions on: “How to publicize the national initiative for reducing plastic bags” with Media Experts & NGOs

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

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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Mass Consumers and Journalists consulted on Plastic Bags Reduction

In line with the community dialogue mandated by the SwitchMed Demo Project on the Reduction of Plastic Bags Consumption, CEDARE in partnership with the Ministry of Environment organized two consultation sessions on “Challenges of Shifting to Plastic Bags Alternatives”. The first targeted mass consumers of plastic bags and the second was intended for media agents; both were held in CityStars InterContinental Hotel, Cairo on 23 May, 2017. Read more…

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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Plastic Bags Reduction Project starts A Community Dialogue with Producers

 

In the framework of the SwitchMed Demonstration Project on Plastic Bags Reduction, a series of 8 consultations with different stakeholders on “Challenges of Shifting to Plastic Bags Alternatives” started to take place throughout the coming few weeks. At this point of the Project, community dialogue is essential to formulate a realistic, precise, solid and sustainable strategy. It started by the Consultation with plastic bags producers on 4th of May, 2017, which was co-organized by CEDARE and the Ministry of Environment under the umbrella of the UN Environment. The session was attended by the Head of Plastics Chamber at the Federation of Egyptian Industry, Plastic Technology Center of the Ministry of Trade and Industry, GIZ, and the project team from the Ministry of Environment and CEDARE. Read more…