The MedWaves regional centre is bringing this vision to life. It is possible to develop and innovate through the sustainable consumption and production approach (SCP). The hub is a meeting place for all stakeholders, from public to private, and a platform to create collective solutions. The SCP approach offers specific tools and measures that enable circular economies for real transformation.
Our sustainable future relies on cooperation. The global challenges of today demand urgent solutions. It is time to create the future we want, the future we need.
MedWaves evolved from two United Nations treaties: the Barcelona Convention for the Protection of the Marine Environment and the Coastal Region of the Mediterranean ) and the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). Formed through a collaborative agreement between the Spanish Ministry of Environment and the Government of Catalonia in 1996, MedWaves was established under the legal framework of the Mediterranean Action Plan (MAP) under the Barcelona Convention, belonging to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The Stockholm Convention on POPs was later linked to the centre. Tying together a regional framework with a global agreement, MedWaves establishes a platform to develop joint solutions addressing shared environmental challenges.
The centre supports Contracting Parties, or member countries, in the Mediterranean. Empowering and supporting parties as part of a regional effort strengthens the overall collective approach.
Every stakeholder has a role to play in a collective transformational change towards sustainability. MedWaves offers support to each valued member of society, from supporting policy solutions and decision makers, to assisting entrepreneurs create new business models and green jobs. All citizens who want to unite for the planet find support at MedWaves.
MedWaves offers focused expertise in several key areas: circular economy, marine litter and plastics pollution, toxic chemicals, and blue economy. Support services range from capacity building and technical assistance to the provision of advisory services and training. The centre translates the knowledge contained in policy briefs and actions plans into actual programming on the ground by implementing best practices and measures.
For green entrepreneurs and small-and-medium sized enterprises (SMEs), MedWaves provides an integral support programme, offering innovative training material, advocacy services, business and financial opportunities, transfer of knowledge, best practices exchange and networking services to develop and scale up their sustainable business and create green jobs.
When we act together, we change together.