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Egypt: CIUDAD GEDUM project of European communities


The final event of the CIUDAD GEDUM project of European communities drew to a close on Thursday in Setif, Algeria. A large number of representatives from local communities across the region took part in the closing seminar, discussing the complex issues connected with integrated and sustainable management of solid urban waste in Maghreb nations.

The seminar in the Algerian city was organized by the Setif municipality in collaboration with its Spanish counterpart from Reus (chief municipality of the project) and the Ferhat Abbas University. The conference brought together urban institutions due involved in the three nations that took part in the project (Beni Mellal, in Morocco; Sfax, in Tunisia, and Setif), inclunding other public and private organizations that operate in the solid urban waste treatment sector at the regional level.

In attendance were representatives of the project's European partners, who have been involved in the initiative since the very beginning. The seminar aimed to present the results completed by the GEDUM project to experts, local administrators, the public and the media, reporting the data from the actions carried out and thus - as the organizers underscored - serving as an example to be learned from.

The aim was as well to encourage administrative and political leaders from other regions to commit to implementing additional dynamic management of solid urban waste, so as to render it a resource and not a problem.

During the Setif seminar and the events organized around it, discussion focused on the opportunities given by the project's experience and the possibility to share research results from the different systems being used in Maghreb nations for urban waste treatment and management.

The GEDUM project was financed by the European Union as part of the CIUDAD ( Cooperation for Urban Development and Dialogue) program. It got underway in 2010 and focused its efforts on contributing to alternative urban waste management in North Africa, improving and strengthening the technical capacity of local authorities, awareness-raising and supporting the integration of informal recyclers.

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