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SwitchMed demonstration activities are being implemented on the ground

Nine projects implementing circular economy measures are running effectively.
Published on Apr 21, 2017

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In Algeria, the 2 pilot projects have kicked off at the beginning of 2017. At this right moment, the team of Rima Dates Company is building its expertise in the art of making responsibly sourced handmade chocolate, date syrup, date vinegar and date oil. On the other side of the country, the managers of the textile Workshop ‘Atelier le Printemps’ in Beijaía are identifying their needs and developing a plan of activities with the experts who will travel to Algeria in May 2017. 

In Tunisia, the 3 projects are running effectively. With Dar Zaghouan we are finalizing the feasibility study on the implementation of the circular economy concept in their new eco-chalet and a specific plan of actions to be developed in order to be awarded with a Clé Verte Eco-label is ready. Sabra Olive oil and the experts are working hand in hand to complete the audit on the valorization of the olive by-products, which will define the next step of the project. They also looked at the compliance of the company with the criteria or the Tunisian eco-label under development. Tunisia Ecotourism is developing three eco-tours for tourists with the help of our experts, and are becoming more and more independent in creating such innovative products!


Based on Dar Zaghouan’s and Tunisia Ecotourism’s projects, we will soon be publishing a guidebook on the eco labelling application processes for small and medium tourism facilities of the South Mediterranean Region. Find out more about all our pilot projects here.

The other demonstration projects in Egypt, Israel, Jordan and Palestine are direct implementation of their Sustainable Consumption and Production National Action Plans developed under the SwitchMed National Policy component in 2014-2016.  The Ministries of Environment, under the direct supervision of the national focal points, coordinate the demonstration projects and assure an output-oriented timely delivery.

In Egypt the Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) in collaboration with the Ministry of Environment implement a sustainable public procurement and a reducing plastic bag consumption project.  “Mainstreaming Green & Sustainable Public Procurement” aims to introduce sustainable public procurement to support national efforts towards adopting a green economy, provide policy analysis to decision makers, and create a market for sustainable goods and services.  The second activity aims to “reduce plastic bag use” by charging a levy at the point of sale, accompanied by a national awareness campaign about the adverse impacts of plastic bags on the environment and the available alternatives.

Read more by clicking here to learn about the projects currently being implemented in Jordan, Palestine and Israel. You can also find further information on our regional activities.