SRI & UNDP/GEF provide A Joint Training on “E-Waste Sustainable Management”

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The Swiss Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) Project, implemented by the Egyptian Ministry of CommunicatiDSC_0644on & Information Technology (MCIT) & the Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region & Europe (CEDARE) collaborated with the UNDP/GEF Medical and Electronic Waste Management Project, implemented in partnership with the Egyptian Ministry of Environment in organizing the training workshop on “E-Waste Sustainable Management”. The training took place during the period from April 10-12, 2017 at the Semiramis Hotel, Cairo, Egypt.

The training aiming at building the capacities of different stakeholders and specialists in the field of e-waste sustainable management, had comprehensively conferred a wide range of headlines including the sector’s global and local context, green jobs, standards and conformity, assessment techniques, as well as non-hazardous sound technologies.

The two-days detailed training clearly defined e-waste and the status-quo of recycling chain in Egypt; how to establish an e-waste recycling plant with the help of business models, best practices and methodologies of sustainable e-waste management; related policies and laws at the local and international levels; auditing and environmental conformity; and informal recycling as well as negative impact of hazardous e-waste management on health and environment at large. The training was concluded by site visits.

The training, which was delivered by high profile international experts and consultants representing involved international entities, partner organizations, and academic circles, addressed different stakeholders such as decision-makers, related ministries and government officials, federations & public authorities, researchers, electronics producers/suppliers, and entrepreneurs. Coming in line with the SRI Project’s plan mandating synergies with other projects in the same field, the training resulted in win-win networking and enhanced local capacities which will eventually translate into solid recommendations, policies, and legislation for supporting the e-waste sustainable management in Egypt.