Stimulating and sustaining a transition to green and circular economies requires effective policy at the global, regional and national level. MedWaves hosts a Policy Hub as a way to offer support to policy makers through capacity building and awareness raising. MedWaves establishes a bridge between policy and programmes, ensuring that policy can be informed by actual challenges and successes encountered on the ground. The uptake of project results at the policy level is essential in order to identify successful practices, ensure subsequent promotion, foster replication and mainstream successful public policies at different levels.
As the host of the Centre of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, MedWaves provides essential support for global policy makers through raising awareness of emerging issues related to toxic chemicals management. MedWaves dedicates a particular focus on plastic additives and related challenges for the implementation of a safe circular economy.
MedWaves supports sustainable consumption and production (SCP), essential in the reduction of the impact of human activity on the coastal and marine environment of the Mediterranean. MedWaves provides direct support to regional policy makers as the host of the Regional Centre of the Barcelona Convention. One of the main activities undertaken by the centre is the broad review and analysis of trends in the Mediterranean region that feed into the development of regional guidelines and recommendations for the implementation of policy related to SCP, circular economy, plastic pollution and toxic chemicals prevention. The MedWaves Policy Hub draws together policy makers throughout the Mediterranean, facilitating the ability to work together and to exchange experiences.
MedWaves successfully developed a Regional Action Plan on SCP that has been adopted by Contracting Parties. In addition, MedWaves has been instrumental in the adoption of a set of Regional Measures that support the development of green and circular businesses. Under the Barcelona Convention Regional Plan on Marine Litter Management, MedWaves contributes to the development of measures related to marine litter and the prevention of plastic pollution.
At the national level, MedWaves delivers training and technical assistance to countries, supporting the development of policy measures that help achieve the global and regional commitments under the Stockholm and Barcelona Conventions.
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MedWaves supports and empowers stakeholders to take the pathway towards a sustainable future, grounded in eco-innovation and sustainable business models.READ MORE
MedWaves establishes a dialogue between all the key stakeholders involved in the transition to sustainable development throughout the Mediterranean region.READ MORE
Discover the expertise of MedWaves and explore how our regional centre supports the implementation of strategic programming, supporting all to continue the journey towards planetary transformation.READ MORE
We celebrate success, using what works to continue to grow. RESults Enabling Transitions (RESET) is a project that identifies and analyses successful practices to optimise green business creation at project, local, national, and regional level across the Mediterranean.READ MORE
STAND UP! provides key business support and technology transfer to help scale, replicate and expand inclusive circular economy ventures in the Mediterranean, specifically aiming to generate sustainable jobs for youth and women.READ MORE
The Green Impact MED Project (GIMED) drives positive investments for positive impacts by boosting the development of eco-innovative ventures, powering the green and circular economy in the Mediterranean.READ MORE
The EU-funded SwitchMed programme promotes a circular economy in the southern Mediterranean by changing the way goods and services are produced and consumed. In order to achieve this, SwitchMed provides tools and services directly to the private sector, supports an enabling policy environment and facilitates exchange of information among partners and key stakeholders.READ MORE
CapiMed-Islands is a capitalisation initiative to maximize the impact of numerous BeMed projects in islands with one common goal: litter-free islands. Building a community, transferring results and impacting policies are the ingredients for successREAD MORE
INPLASTICS offers a set of interactive, innovative education and communication tools to raise awareness regarding toxic additives. The programme builds capacity throughout the region to address the invisible aspects of plastic pollution so that we can all be part of the solution.READ MORE
The Mediterranean Sea Programme: Enhancing Environmental Security (MedProgramme) aims to improve the health and livelihoods of coastal populations in the Mediterranean region by reducing major transboundary environmental stresses and strengthening climate resilience and water security.READ MORE
Upon the completion of the successful first phase of Marine Litter Med, the EU has renewed its commitment to support the Barcelona Convention in addressing marine litter, particularly plastic pollution. Marine Litter Med Phase II, implemented by the UNEP/MAP system, is an important opportunity for MedWaves to continue providing assistance to a number of non-EU countries in terms of prevention of marine litter and plastic pollution.READ MORE
Transitions to CIRCULAR economy practices in TEXTILE and apparel MSMEs along the lifecycle in Huzhou and Shaoxing is a project that draws on the foundation built from successful sustainable development in the Mediterranean. Sharing knowledge and practices, support is delivered to facilitate the transition to circular economy practices in the textile and fashion industry in Huzhou City and Shaoxing City, China by 2025.READ MORE
JUST2CE promotes a global transition to a circular economy by supporting a more democratic and participatory mechanism of governance over the productive processes that underpin design and management of technologies.READ MORE