November 2020

Date: 13 November 2020

  Sustaining the Future of the Mediterranean

Quote of the Month

“We need the tonic of wildness…At the same time that we are earnest to explore and learn all things, we require that all things be mysterious and unexplorable, that land and sea be indefinitely wild, unsurveyed and unfathomed by us because unfathomable. We can never have enough of nature.  

>>Henry David Thoreau

اقتباس الشهر

لا يمكنك عبور البحر بمجرد الوقوف والتحديق في الماء.

>> طاغور


We’re proud to announce that we wrapped up a successful third edition of AMWAJ Forum, which happened completely online this year! Our partners Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), CEWAS Middle East, and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, have supported us in creating an impactful digital program. 

Over the course of 2 days, we had over 100 attendees from over 40 countries around the world. Also, we were joined by 13 industry experts and thought leaders who discussed the latest issues in water and energy around the Mediterranean. Lastly, AMWAJ Live concluded with the announcement of 2 Mediathon winners: Team ‘Darb’ (1st place winner and recipient of $3500 prize) and team Solvillion (2nd place winner and recipient of a $1500 prize). 

For those who could not join AMWAJ Live, they can now watch the discussion panels on our YouTube channel (click the button below)

Finally, we’d like to inform you that we have partnered with theOtherDada and SUGi project for a tree planting activity around Beirut – your donations will help make #BeirutRiverForest thrive!
Watch AMWAJ Live here



Water and Energy for Food Grand Challenge 

 #WE4F is thrilled to announce the opening of its first MENA Regional Innovations call. The call is open to water and energy for food innovators from the region, who are working on scaling up their businesses sustainably. The MENA Regional Innovation Hub will provide you with technical, financial, and other tailor-made forms of support.

Find out what it takes and apply before December

Apply Today



Urban forests provide hope for the Beirut River

The Beirut River and the surrounding neighborhoods have long suffered from short-sighted policy and blatant mismanagement.

The ecosystem was disrupted, and natural habitats have been destroyed. The #BeirutRiverForest project consists of planting trees on the banks of the river, as well as engaging with local associations, schools, and companies in developing a blueprint for the potential ‘green corridor’ of Beirut to emerge.

Writer: Adib Dada

Read the article here


Made in the Mediterranean

Meet our REVOLVE Mediterraneo team!

Established in 2018, REVOLVE Mediterraneo is registered as a non-profit in Barcelona, Spain. We play a major role in integrating and connecting regions, ideas and projects through our own initiatives and leading research and innovation projects.



DigiCirc is looking for SMEs and startups addressing circular cities challenges

DigiCirc has started an open call for applications to their business acceleration programs, online and physical, that aim to support SME/startup innovation for the circular economy domain. The program will help incumbents make the best use of digital technologies. 

The acceleration program will focus on 3 main areas: circular cities, bioeconomy, blue economy.

The deadline to submit your application is January 2021.

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AMWAJ Watch Party: “We Made Every Living Thing from Water” 

Filmed in the wake of the July 2015 trash crisis, ‘We Made Every Living Thing‘ highlights the dangerous impact environmental degradation is having in Lebanon and its water resources, and how in the face of governmental disregard for ecological concerns the public is starting to mobilize in order to protect a common resource.

We are thrilled to announce that we are holding a documentary watch party followed by a Q&A session with journalist Paul Cochrane and researcher Dr. Karim Eid-Sabbagh. 

The watch party will be held on November 24 starting at 4:00 PM Beirut time (3:00 PM CET).

Register Now



Tree Planting Activity in Beirut, Lebanon  

Participate in bringing biodiversity into the capital of Lebanon! The 3rd edition of AMWAJ Forum was planned to be held in Beirut, though will now be held online due to COVID-19. Despite these challenges, we will plant trees along the Beirut River – contribute to bringing back nature to Beirut today!

The tree planting activity will take place in Spring of 2021.

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Must Read

Mediterranean basin facing irreversible environmental damage, warns UNEP

Rising inequality, biodiversity loss, the growing impact of climate change and unrelenting pressure on natural resources could lead to irreversible environmental damage in the Mediterranean basin, according to a new report by the UN Environment Programme (UNEP).

Unless urgent and resolute action is taken to halt current trends, environmental degradation could have serious and lasting consequences for human health and livelihoods in the region.

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Between The Lines

Revised Water Directive means safer EU tap water

Since its publication in 1998, the Drinking Water Directive has been a success story of EU legislation. But emerging contaminants, environmental protection, and the human right to safe drinking water all present fresh challenges that it needs to be adapted to.

The 2016 REFIT evaluation of the original directive concluded it was successful, achieving more than 99% safety compliance, but that there were still areas for improvement.

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