The 2nd edition of the Euro-Med Weeks for Waste Reduction contest begins today!

Tuesday 17 October 2023

MedWaves is thrilled to announce the second edition of the Euro-Med Weeks for Waste Reduction. The EMWWR Call for Actions is organized to reward the most outstanding actions carried out during each edition by Action Developers in the South Mediterranean Region.

Do you have an innovative idea for sustainable packaging? Take part in this competition and win a 2,900 € voucher to develop your proposal!

In this edition, the EMWWR will launch a Call for Actions in which different Action Developers will be invited to submit Action Proposals that mobilize youth (18 to 35 y.o.) in the prevention and treatment of packaging waste and unnecessary packaging in the Southern Mediterranean area.

The 4 selected Action Developers will be awarded a voucher of 2.900 euros to cover the costs linked to the implementation of the action they propose to develop if they win the contest (marketing, human resources, among others).

What is the Euro-Med Weeks for Waste Reduction? 

The Euro-Med Weeks for Waste Reduction is a raising-awareness campaign on waste prevention in the Mediterranean region, highly inspired by the consolidated experience and results of the European Week for Waste Reduction (EWWR). The campaign is led by 2 organisations with a solid network and expertise on circular economy and on the Mediterranean area:  ACR+ and MedWaves, the UNEP/MAP Regional Activity Centre for SCP. This second edition is entirely funded by the EU through the SwitchMed Programme.  

Who can apply to the call? 

The Call for Actions is directed and open to Action Developers, a term that refers to different actors with the capacity to implement and promote awareness-raising actions on waste reduction, product reuse and materials recycling within their territories. In this 2023 edition of the EMWWR, the Call for Actions will be open to Action Developers who are legally established and who respond exclusively to one of the following categories:

  • NGO/Civil Society Organization
  • Educational Establishment
  • Public Entity

Likewise, in 2023 EMWWR Edition, the Call for Actions will be directed and open to Action Developers that are legally based in one of the following Southern Mediterranean Countries: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia.

The EMWWR Action proposals need to respond to one of the following categories:  

  • Prevent / Reduce: Actions that involve the target in the implementation ofactions that highlight the urgency of reducing and preventing the amount of packaging we use, on offering advice on how to avoid or reduce packaging wasteand/or on the environmental impact of single-use packaging in the SouthernMed area.
  • Reuse / Repair: Actions that involve the target audience in promoting the reuse ofpackaging when buying new items; actions that promote delaying the purchase of new packaging by opting for reuse.
  • Recycle / Donate: Actions that involve the target audience in promoting the recycling packaging that can no longer be used and on bringing packaging waste tothe appropriate recycling facility


The Call for Actions will be open from 17th October 2023 and will close on 14th November 2023. Any candidature submitted after this date won’t be evaluated. The awarded actions will have to be implemented between January and April 2024.

How can I apply to the call for action? 

The registration of the Action Proposals will have to be done through this Registration Form.

You can find additional details about the contest here.


This initiative contributes to the implementation of the several regional commitments under UNEP/MAP-Barcelona Convention, namely:

  • The Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD), including theRegional Action Plan on Sustainable Consumption and Production in the Mediterranean.
  • The UNEP/MAP Medium-term Strategy (MTS) for 2022-2027.
  • The set of the regional measures to support the development of green and circularbusinesses and strengthen the demand for more sustainable products in theMediterranean approved by the Barcelona Convention Contracting Parties at theirCOP22 in December 2021. In particular, one of the transversal measures adopted (D1)is related to strengthening access to sustainable products and services/sustainableconsumption.

Likewise, this initiative will also contribute to the objectives of the Union for the Mediterranean’s “2030GreenerMed Agenda” (Towards 2030: Agenda for a Greener Med – Contributing to Achieving the Environmental SDGs in the Mediterranean).