September 2020

Date: 29 September 2020

  Sustaining the Future of the Mediterranean

Quote of the Month

“We all come from the sea and back to the sea we will go. The Mediterranean gave birth to the world.” 

>>Anders Lustgarten, Lampedusa

اقتباس الشهر

هُوَ البَحْرُ غُصْ فيهِ إذا كانَ ساكناً
على الدُّرّ وَاحذَرْهُ إذا كان مُزْبِدَا
فإنّي رَأيتُ البحرَ يَعثُرُ بالفتى
وَهذا الذي يأتي الفتى مُتَعَمِّدَ


We’re less than a month away from our first fully-online AMWAJ Forum

AMWAJ Live will officially kick off on October 28-29 with discussion panels, a mediathon in collaboration with CEWAS Middle East & KAS, and endless networking opportunities. 

The agenda is now live, check it out below:
  • October 28, 14:00-17:30 CET: Discussion panel on ‘Regional Cooperation on Water and Energy in the Mediterranean’
  • October 29, 9:30-11:30 CET: Discussion panel Innovative, Youth-driven Solutions for Water and Energy in the Mediterranean
After Amman and Barcelona, you can join #AMWAJLive from anywhere in the world. This year we are expecting over 300+ attendees from 50+ countries around the world, and 2 Mediathon winners!

This is one event you don’t want to miss.

Register today for #AMWAJLive



Environmental activism wins big in Lebanon

After years of protests, ‘Bisri activists’ received good news in April 2020 when the World Bank froze the loan to fund an environmentally destructive dam “due to non-completion of the tasks that are preconditions to the commencement of construction of the Bisri Dam”.  

Lebanese environmental activists rejoice as they preserve one of the country’s most biodiverse areas.

Writer: Yara Acaf 
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Made in the Mediterranean

Join the Interreg Mediterranean Renewable Energy Community

REVOLVE is proud to have joined the Interreg MED Renewable Energy Community as the Communication partner in September 2020. The Renewable Energy Community promotes the integration of renewable energies across the Mediterranean region with a focus on rural and island areas, using a holistic perspective. The Community advances the use of Ecosystemic Transition Units (ETUs) to embed the energy transition in territorial planning and to enhance local sustainable development. We use a multi-level coordination model to bring together governance, economic competitiveness, and social innovation with the goal of improving climate resilience for vulnerable areas and for greater sustainability for all.

Join us on Twitter and LinkedIn 

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The Middle East moves away from fossil fuels?

Serious talk about hydrogen power development in the MENA region has translated into the creation of the MENA Hydrogen Alliance, which “aims to accelerate the development of value chains for green molecules in the region and bring together private and public sector actors and academia.” Also, US-based Air Products and Acwa Power recently signed a memorandum of understanding to develop a $5bn hydrogen-based ammonia plant in Saudi Arabia

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SCP/RAC is Seeking a Project Manager

Within the framework of the EU-funded SwitchMed initiative, the Regional Activity Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP/RAC) is seeking a project manager with experience in the southern Mediterranean to design, organize, coordinate and monitor support activities to entrepreneurs in this region.

The SwitchMed initiative aims at achieving a circular economy in the southern Mediterranean by changing the way goods and services are produced and consumed. In order to achieve this, the initiative provides tools and services directly to the private sector, supports an enabling policy environment, and facilitates the exchange of information among partners and key stakeholders. 

The deadline for proposal submission is 28 September.

Apply now



Call For tenders for communication training sessions

Interreg Med launches its call for tenders for a series of communication training sessions. 

The Interreg MED Programme gathers 13 European countries from the North shore of the Mediterranean. They are working together for sustainable growth in the region. The Programme supports projects developing innovative concepts and practices and promoting a reasonable use of resources.

The deadline for proposal submission is October 6 at 16:00 (GMT+1)

Apply now



The Talking Paper Project: Communicating water issues  

The Talking Paper Project, founded by Ph.D. student Mohamed Hassan Tawfik, aims to offer roundtable-like episodes with international water researchers in an easily accessible, shareable video format. 

The project’s ultimate goal is to “communicate and link the perspectives of academics, government officials, donors, practitioners, and managers regarding sustainable development-related topics, particularly in the water sector and blue-green systems”.  

Watch the first episode


Must Read

Smart and green public services in Euro-Mediterranean cities

By 2050, 68% of the global population is expected to live in urban areas. Designing more sustainable cities will therefore be crucial over the decades to come. To respond to this global challenge, the “smart city” concept seeks to understand how digital technologies can help to optimize the environmental footprint of urban areas, including that of public services.

In this article, we zoom in on the efforts of the Interreg MED Green Growth Community to develop green and smart public services in Euro-Mediterranean cities.

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