Dr. Alain Daou, assistant professor in entrepreneurship at the Suliman S. Olayan School of Business (OSB) and his research team from the Nature Conservation Center at AUB (AUB-NCC) are launching their latest project in November 2019 on waste management called MED-InA (Mediterranean Integrated Alliance on Waste for cities and citizens).
Cities on both sides of the Mediterranean face important environmental challenges and increasing costs to collect and treat waste, including expensive investments in landfills or incinerators. The MED-InA project proposes to develop and roll out a “Circular Economy" public policy adapted to Mediterranean cities as an exemplary and participatory approach for waste reduction, reuse, and recycling. The methodology will be co-designed by the consortium partners, a well-balanced operational structure composed of three local communities (La Marsa-Tunisia, Irbid-Jordan, and Ribera-Spain), a public interest group (AVITEM-France), one private company (E3D-Environnement-France), and two academic institutions (the American University of Beirut and Jordan University of Science and Technology). This methodology will place the citizens at the heart of the process and will strongly value a “low tech-low cost" approach by promoting in the South and reintegrating in the North traditional practices that generate little quantity of waste. This work will be linked to concrete updates of municipal waste management plans and support to innovative circular economy businesses in order to act at a multi-level stage and create synergies.
The project is also expected to lead to three capacity-building plans and training programs for municipal staffs and elected members, 15 local awareness-raising campaigns on the Zero Waste approach, 3,000 households using new services and equipment for sorting at source, recycling, reusing and composting, 12 startups selected and supported to create businesses in the circular economy sector, and 2,400 low-cost equipment and services set up for sorting at source and implementing decentralized composting.
The MED-INA team launched the project in Marseille on 13 and 14 November.
To learn more you can visit the project's website by clicking here.