DECOST: sharing experiences on community composting at the ninth 'Environment for Europe' Conference

Tahseen Sayara

Representatives of the Palestine Technical University Kadoorie (PTUK) participated in a side event organised by the Med4Waste project as part of the Ninth Conference of the EfE program that took place recently in Cyprus. Dr Tahseen Sayara, on behalf of the DECOST project consortium, highlighted some of the project innovative experiences for the introduction of community composting as main strategy to deal with all the organic waste generated in small Mediterranean towns in Palestine, Jordan, south of Italy and Spain.

The Environment for Europe (EfE) program is a unique regional platform at the highest level for dialogue on environment and sustainable development, driven by member states of the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE) region, institutions intergovernmental organizations, non-governmental organizations, the private sector, academia and other important groups.

Since 1991, eight EfE conferences have been held, hosted by the countries of Western Europe, Eastern Europe, the Caucasus and Central Asia. This year's Nicosia Ministerial Conference has been the first EfE Ministerial Conference organized in the Mediterranean Region.

The Med4Waste capitalization project, funded by the ENI CBC Med program, aims to facilitate new governance models for integrated and efficient urban waste management policies in the Mediterranean Region. For this reason, it has organized a session parallel to the EfE which has sought to stimulate the exchange of knowledge and the debate around the circular economy and the transformation of waste management models in the Mediterranean.