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Meet our pilot projects selected


At SwitchMed we are developing demonstration activities to promote implementation of policies and actions on the ground, which effectively change patterns of consumption and production and implement circular economy measures in the priority sectors previously selected by the target countries.

The demonstration projects of the first group of countries (Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Lebanon) were selected according to already existing SCP national priorities falling under the framework of the Barcelona Convention and its Protocols.

In Morocco, 62 stakeholders were contacted, 5 projects out of 9 were pre-selected and visited during a country mission in November, 1 project was finally selected in the agriculture sector.

In Tunisia, 90 stakeholders were contacted, 9 projects out of 19 were pre-selected and visited during a country mission in November, 3 projects were selected in the tourism and agrofood sectors.

In Algeria, 92 stakeholders were contacted, 9 projects out of 18 were pre-selected and visited during a country mission in March 2016, 2 projects selected in the agrofood and textile sectors.

In Lebanon, the Ministry of Environment selected a pilot project out of a portfolio of 15 project proposals, elaborated by SCP/RAC, targeting the Mediterranean SCP Action Plan priority sectors. In a second group of countries (Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Palestine) the demonstration projects were selected on basis of the SCP-NAPs that have been developed under SwitchMed. The selection and implementation of the demonstration project is in-line with the national priorities and it gives the countries the opportunity to show to its partners and stakeholders that the main objective of the SCP-NAP process was not its developing but is its implementation.

The Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC) is in charge of implementing the pilot projects in Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia and Lebanon. The UNEP’s Division of Technology, Industry and Economics (UNEP/DTIE) is working with Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Palestine.


Biodôme du Maroc

The pilot project ¨Biodôme du Maroc¨ aims at building a collective biogas plant for thebenefit of the agricultural cooperative Lamsalha, located in the urban commune Lekhzazra (Morocco). Thebiogas plant will allow the members of the cooperative to develop a new model of circular economy, as they will be producing biogas and organic compost from agricultural waste. The biogas will be used as an energy source and the compost will be used internally and sold to external users. More information by clicking here. You can watch a video here.

Tunisia Ecoutourism

 The pilot project "Consolidation of the commercial model and development of the capacities of an ecotourism operator in Tunisia" aims to reinforce its green and social business model while identifying and improving the ecotourism services Tunisia Ecotourism could offer to its customers. A strategic study will be carried out to assess the possibilities and the path that this company must take in order to obtain an international certification of ecotourism, as well as their possibilities of becoming themselves a certifying entity. An online platform will also be developed to promote and sale fair trade products that will support small, socially and environmentally responsible producers. More information by clicking here

Dar Zaghouan

 The pilot project "Circular Economy adapted to the needs and characteristics of a Tunisian eco-tourism lodge" aims to advise the eco-tourism lodge Dar Zaghouan (Tunisia) on potential implementation measures related to energy, water and waste, as well as advise on the appropriate financial steps to seek for funding. At the same time, this tourist establishment will be supported and advised for the steps to be followed in order to obtain an international eco-label and a brief explanatory guide to the process of obtaining an eco-tourism ecolabel for small and medium-sized tourist establishments in the southern Mediterranean region will be developed and published. More information by clicking here

Rima Dates, Algeria 

The pilot project ¨Giving value to downgraded dates and co-products of date production¨ aims to improve the valorisation of the by-products of Algerian common dates, in particular in the production of syrup, vinegar and in the extraction of date pit oil. By processing the unsuitable dates through direct sales and by turning them into confectionery, syrup, vinegar and paste, which is used to make other products that can compete with traditional chocolate bars. In addition, the project date pits could be ground in order to extract the oil, which is used to make cosmetics, and the dry residues could be processed to produce fuel for local usage. The company wants to improve its structure in order to guarantee an equitable distribution of profits along the production chain, and notably amongst the farmers and housewives involved in the processing.

Sabra Olive Oil, Tunisia

 The pilot project aims at completing an audit of the whole process of production of olive oil, from the tree to the bottle, of the enterprise SABRA OLIVE OIL in Sbikha-Kairouan (Tunis) in order to explore the possibilities for the valorisation of all of its co-products and waste streams. The study will include the opportunities for transforming the company into a circular economy business model and the necessary management and marketing tools to achieve it but it will also evaluate the possibility of labelling the oil as ecological production according to international and/or Tunisian standards. In a second step, the project will develop a profitability study of the main needed investments and the design of a financial strategy and technical support in order to facilitate the necessary credits for the investments. The project will also support Sabra Olive Oil in its effort to improve marketing and communication efforts to reach new clients and improve sales of organic olive oil and by-products of olive oil production.

Atelier le Printemps Vert, Algeria

  The pilot project aims to support the Atelier Textile le recovering and reusing fabrics coming from used bedding but also from falls coming from other sources. This is to guide them in their process of consolidation and improvement. Specifically, the activities to be implemented will aim at using better the waste generated by the activity of the workshop, as well as waste management coming from a commercial activity, improvement of the quality of the raw materials used, improved product design (textile design and computer graphics). In particular, the workshop wishes to use natural colors (ecological inks, silkscreen printing) and learn new techniques and technologies and last but not least, strengthened business projection and business plan

Wineries, Lebanon 

Many wineries in the region of Bekka (Lebanon) are developing composting process of organic material from the wine industry, fresh stalks and organic waste from the filtering stages, in order to obtain quality compost.



Meet our pilot projects