Find the recordings of the 4 capacity building webinars organised by the BLUEISLANDS project.
In May 2018, the BLUEISLANDS project offered to its partners and other interested stakeholders four free capacity building webinars focusing on: Circular Economy, Integrated Coastal Zone Management (ICZM), Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), and Sustainable Tourism. The recordings can be found below.
The webinars were coordinated by the project partner Ea éco-entreprises, a French cluster in charge of the project knowledge transfer. Speakers shared share with the audience relevant knowledge, experiences and good practices regarding waste management and climate change issues, which could be transferred and applied to other Mediterranean territories. Speakers came from organizations such as PAP RAC, Plan Bleu, Conservatoire du Littoral, as well as other experts working in the field.
The PIM initiative and SMILO international program were presented as good practices implemented in small sustainable islands. It was also illustrated how the eco-conception method (LCA) can help the user or policy maker to take the right decision when choosing sustainable products. Several Cleantech technologies aiming to improve waste management were also showcased.
Furthermore, the BLUEISLANDS webinars were an excellent opportunity to discuss several questions regarding the identification of zero waste practices in the hotel sector; the necessity to increase the visibility of sustainable hotels for customers who use online booking ; and the importance of analysing a product in terms of innovation, suitability for a specific territory and potentiality for reuse.
Among the conclusions of the webinars were the needs to act on three main pillars for more sustainable tourism and better waste management:
- Social level: to raise awareness of the population by involving local actors and working together with a territorial intelligence approach; to change the consumers’ habits and demands.
- Political level: to ban some practices such as plastic bags, plastic straws, etc.
- Innovation approach: to implement innovative technologies in waste management which can contribute to the circular economy.
A coordinated work between public authorities, researchers, designers, contractors,) and local financers was highlighted as essential to address waste management issues..
For further information, please contact: cristina.casian@ ea-ecoentreprises.com
#1: The importance of ICZM for coastal tourism destinations adapting to climate change
#2: Towards circular economy on Mediterranean islands
#3: Life cycle assessment for waste management
#4: Sustainable tourism - Educational and technical tools for its implementation in the Mediterranean islands