Palestine, Jordan and Israel, are implementing circular measures on the ground
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Medjool date palm trees stand on the banks of the Dead Sea near Kibbutz Gilgal. Photo credit @Ariel Jerozolimski
In Israel, the Ministry of Environmental Protection and the Ministry of Economy are jointly implementing demonstration projects for the promotion of Sustainable Consumption and Production. The different activities will contribute to implementation and dissemination of best practices and policies in a number of organizations throughout Israel in a visible manner, assimilate green public procurement in at least five local authorities, characterize policy measures that are evidence-based using behavioural economics methods to reduce negative environmental impacts of consumers and/or producers, and assimilate environmentally friendly best practices in at least 15 small-to-medium enterprises. Read more here on the demonstration projects
In Jordan, National Action Plan implementation priorities will concentrate on improving solid waste management in the hotel industry at Aqaba and the development of a National Solid Waste Management Training Program. This will contribute to the institutionalization of solid waste management practices in the hotel industry to reduce the amounts of waste generated while adopting sustainable solid waste management practices. In addition, a national solid waste management training and national certification programme will be established and provide participants with technical know-how of municipal solid-waste management and available solid-waste treatment alternatives.
In Palestine, implementation of the National Action Plan will be articulated around three pillars. Disseminating the Action Plan and organizing a Sustainable Consumption and Production exhibition in three Palestinian cities. Promoting eco-trails through the elaboration of guidelines and selection criteria and the rehabilitation of a number of showcase trails. The third pillar will be on Sustainable Agriculture modules in collaboration with the Ministry of Agriculture: national guidelines to combat pests using a natural/organic methods to reduce the negative effects of pesticides; post-harvesting techniques and handling to reduce food loss, and agricultural best practices to prevent loss of soil moisture content and organic matter.
All these projects will set examples and have the potential for upscaling through replicating and deepening in other locations.
At the regional level, activities are also progressing well, on the 3rd and 4th of May the final set of SCP indicators for the regional SCP Action Plan will be presented to the countries during an official meeting of the SCP/RAC National Focal Points. This constitutes an important step before the presentation of a Decision on those indicators during the next COP of the Barcelona Convention at the end of the year. This will allow to measure the progress of SCP mainstreaming and streamlining at the regional level.
Furthermore we are looking for innovative solutions to prevent two key regional priorities: Marine Litter and toxic chemicals. Those solutions should be already on the market and should have a high replication potential in the South Mediterranean Region. The work is on-going and the studies presenting the selected solutions will be available at the end of the semester. Two solutions will be into pilot projects during the 3nd semester. We are looking forward to it!