The ENPI CBC MED funded project “LANDCARE MED” successfully organised an Conference on Sustainable management in Lebanon, on 20th November 2014. In the presence of representatives of 5 international donors and 10 projects ENPI CBC MED, the “First Conference on Treatment of rural waste: scientific and capitalization aspects” aimed at providing an opportunity to dialogue between stakeholders and other initiatives financed by the Programme ENPI CBC MED 2007-2013 on issues of waste and environmental sustainability.
The Water-DROP / WP5 Coordinator, Mr. Stefano Lelli (National Council for Scientific Research – Lebanon) delivered a presentation on Water-DROP providing key information on the project. He also highlighted the crucial role of the Pilot Actions implemented in Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine and Italy to achieve the objective of developing an integrated water cycle management approach at the Mediterranean Sea Basin level for managing related cross-sector issues through the enforcement of multi-stakeholder partnerships, in particular with public and private actors. In fact in the strategy of Water DROP, these pilot actions represent - on the one hand - the project response to the needs of the territories, and on the other the appropriate tool to put into practice the integrated water cycle management approach. Further to this, data collected, once elaborated, analysed and harmonized, will feed a GIS-Decision Supporting System tool to produce models for future appropriate governance of water resources.
The project LANDCARE MED that organised the conference aims at providing local authorities (i.e. rural villages) with the necessary tools and methodologies for developing integrated strategies and policies in the field of rural waste management (RWM). This objective will be achieved by enhancing territorial institutions and organisations for the development of a new integrated and environmentally sustainable RWM system, ensuring the waste treatment and recycling, through a new small-scale methodological approach and the exploitation of innovative technologies.