Horizon 2020 strengthens capacities of Mediterranean countries on how to reduce olive mill waste


The EU-funded project Horizon 2020 Capacity Building/Mediterranean Environment Programme (H2020 CB/MEP) organised a regional workshop in Greece last month to showcase best environmental practices in olive mill waste management and related new technologies, while reaffirming the magnitude of the environmental pressure imposed by this activity in the Mediterranean region.
Focusing on specific challenges for effective management of olive mill solid waste and wastewater, this activity targeted decision makers in ministries involved in olive mill waste regulation and management, as well as representatives from civil society, including university, research institutes and cooperatives’ staff involved in related fields of olive mill waste management and valorisation. Forty-five participants from Albania, Algeria, Croatia, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, the occupied Palestinian territory, Tunisia and Turkey took part in the workshop.
The workshop aimed at providing a deeper understanding of the environmental impacts resulting from uncontrolled disposal of olive processing wastes and sharpening the awareness of coherent legal and institutional frameworks and guidelines regulating the management of olive mill wastes, as well as of innovative research and applied solutions in the sector.
The workshop also covered relevant EU frameworks and best practices, as well as the status in olive producing in non-EU Mediterranean countries.  Furthermore, participants gained deeper insight of olive mill waste marketing opportunities and challenges.
The Horizon 2020 Capacity Building/Mediterranean Environment Programme (H2020 CB/MEP) aims to support the implementation of the Horizon 2020 Initiative Road Map and Work Plan through capacity building and awareness raising activities, and to promote integration/mainstreaming of environment issues into other sector policies.
The Horizon 2020 initiative aims to improve the quality of life of more than 420 million citizens living in the 25 countries bordering the Mediterranean Sea. It is an umbrella programme drawing together all the policies, strategies and action plans for enhancing environmental protection.
Horizon 2020 has mechanisms in capacity-building, research, monitoring and review that place the initiative in an excellent position to address the challenges it faces and ensure the efficient and effective use of the available resources. The inclusion of the Horizon 2020 Initiative as one of the six components of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) adds to the political impetus to address major environmental challenges. (ENPI Info Centre)
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Press release
Horizon 2020 CB/MEP webpage
Horizon 2020 - website
ENPI Info Centre interview on H2020 – Battling to beat pollution in the Mediterranean Sea


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