Solutions for zero-waste territories in the Mediterranean were brought to the fore as part of the Days of Ecological Transition and Circular Economy
The Days of Ecological Transition and Circular Economy took place from 16 to 17 December in Marseille, France.
Regional entrepreneurs involved in an ecological transition and in circular economy were put in the spotlight both on the 16th, day organised by the French Région SUD, and on the 17th, day co-organised by the French Région SUD, Éa-écoenterprises and the BLUEISLANDS project. The second day focused on existing solutions to develop zero-waste regions in the Mediterranean.
The goal of this two-day event was to tackle the issue of environmental pollution caused by waste and reflect on operational solutions to this problem. Which alternatives to the use of plastic? Which incentives for a better waste collection and sorting? How to sort and recycle waste in an innovative way?
To answer these questions, the event gathered more than 250 people from different backgrounds and shed light on local and regional solutions in the Mediterranean.
The agenda gave space to different actors of the private and public sector involved in circular economy at the local, regional and even national level: associations, citizen-led initiatives, municipalities, enterprises, NGOs, regional chambers and agencies as well as Ministries.
This transnational event resulted in a place of exchange among French and Mediterranean actors thanks to the presence of the partners of the BLUEISLANDS project, who shared their innovative projects related to waste management, sorting and recycling in insular areas.
The Village of Solutions, which brought together around 30 stands, encouraged exchanges and discussions between structures and initiatives working to improve communication and raise public awareness of the circular economy. This was also a great occasion to learn about organisations developing new technologies and solutions for professionals and citizens.
- Anne CLAUDIUS-PETIT, Région SUD
- Denis ODY, WWF
- Helena PAPA, Interreg MED
- Athena PAPANASTASIOU, Ministry of Agriculture, Rural Developement and Environment in Cyprus
- Michaël GRELAUD, Autonomous Universityof Barcelona
- Isabelle POITOU, MerTerre