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Mediterranean Dialogue for Waste Management Governance

About the project

Recent research highlights the worrying environmental effects of current production and consumption patterns in the Mediterranean Sea Basin, further accelerated by climate change impacts exerted by land-use (urbanization, agricultural intensification), pollution and declining biodiversity. In such context, Med4Waste project aims to facilitate new governance models for integrated and efficient urban waste management policies across the Mediterranean strategy. The project lays on a strong and experienced partnership composed by 7 organisations from 6 Mediterranean countries and reinforced by 3 pools of associated partners and supporters from the whole basin. Moreover, it encompasses up to 8 activities oriented at building skills, planning and decision-making capabilities for Mediterranean institutions from public and private sector, and based on the most successful practices previously implemented in the region. Consequently, decision policy-makers will find a platform to promote better governance in the sustainable use of resources and management of waste, moving towards more sustainable patterns of consumption and production at Mediterranean level, whilst developing joint and common policy responses. 

The Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) supports the development and implementation of this project within the 2030 GreenerMed Agenda. UfM provides regular policy and technical advice and facilitates the integration, coordination and upscaling of the main project activities and outcomes within the relevant UfM Policy Frameworks and beyond, maximising the dissemination of results among UfM countries and stakeholders at Euro-Mediterranean level.

Key information

Mediterranean Dialogue for Waste Management Governance
B.4 Environmental protection, climate change adaptation and mitigation
B.4.2 Waste management
Spain, Greece, Tunisia, Lebanon, Jordan, Italy

Financial data

1.1 million
Total budget
0.9 million
EU contribution
Project co-financing


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Project duration

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Project outputs




To facilitate new governance models for integrated and efficient urban waste management policies across the Mediterranean, with particular emphasis on organic waste & circular economy through adapting waste management plans, policies and other management actions and regulatory drivers in the selected territories

What will be improved?

The project will make a tangible and positive contribution in terms of: environmental change thanks to supporting best waste management solutions/practices, integrating concerns on conservation of nature and resources. Med4Waste will be able to minimize the negative environmental impacts of waste by reducing CO2 generation and Greenhouse Gases emissions. In addition, the socio-economic change will be based on job creation resulting from higher recycling rates, and transition to eco-innovation circular economy models. The institutional progress will stem from the awareness and active involvement of public authorities, civil society organizations and private sector, and all together, in cross-border thematic groups advancing governance models, technological solutions, business and social entrepreneurship, zero waste strategies and social sustainability in relation to the waste sector.

Who will benefit?

  • Waste management chain actors (households, collectors, managers, environmental technologists and NGOs & community base organizations)
  • Social cooperatives employing vulnerable people
  • Education sectors (schools, universities, etc.)
  • Policy makers: municipalities, regions and public authorities 

Expected achievements

  • 1 Mediterranean Business Platform
  • 1 Waste Management Policy toolkit 
  • 48 jobs resulting from the implementation of 6 Integrated Municipal Waste Management Plans
  • 18 Med4Waste awareness campaigns
  • 8 initiatives oriented at building skills, planning and decision-making capabilities for public and private Mediterranean institutions

Contribution to policy-making


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Med4Waste will discuss waste as a resource in a leading environmental exhibition

Taking place on November 8th, Med4Waste will be part of an event about waste management during the leading international technology exhibition ECOMONDO


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Med4Waste partners met first time in person and develop a new business platform and capitalisation board

During the 2 days meeting, partners planned upcoming activities: the launch of a waste management online course, a policy toolkit, and a cap…


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Med4Waste in Tunisia is looking for an external auditor

We are seeking a professional for the validation and certification of the expenses. The deadline is June 24, 2022.


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Take part in Med4Waste survey on Urban Waste Management Practices

We are conducting a survey to collect the urban waste management practices of stakeholders and generate a map of them across the Mediterranean Region.


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Med4Waste pushes for better Waste Management on World Environment Day

With the population growth and consumption patterns changing, there has been growing awareness of the need to do something about the world's waste problem.


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Med4Waste is seeking to recruit a mapping and communication expert

We are seeking to recruit a mapping and communication expert with an experience in the waste management field. Deadline to apply: 3rd June 2022


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Med4Waste is looking for a mapping consultant

We are seeking to recruit a Mapping expert with an experience in the waste management field. Deadline to apply: 3rd June 2022


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Med4Waste presents its activities on Mediterranean Waste Management at a Union for the Mediterranean event

Med4Waste took advantage of this event to present its foreseen activities : the creation of a case studies catalogue, raising awareness camp…


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Med4Waste project launches a call for a senior communication officer

The deadline to submit your application is the 3rd of March 2022. 

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