Whatever you throw into the sea will come back to you

More than 62 million of debris are estimated to be floating in the Mediterranean Sea – one of the six areas most affected by marine litter in the world. Plastic accounts for a large part of all manmade debris. Marine litter not only endangers numerous aquatic organisms – it threatens to finish up on our plates through the food chain. An EU-funded project COMMON is taking actions in the five pilot areas of the Mediterranean – in Italy, Tunisia and Lebanon – to combat the common challenge.

From your kitchen to your garden: a second life to organic waste

Organic waste from your kitchen coming back to your garden as compost? The idea is not new but very impactful for dozens of communities around the Mediterranean where selective sorting and collection of organic waste were introduced thanks to SCOW project financed by the ENPI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme. Watch in our video how a better local waste management has changed things in Galilee region (Israel).

Could students be environment-ambassadors for life?

What about a symbolic “contract” signed by every trained student, engaging him to become a life-ambassador for the environment? This is one of the concrete proposals collected during the Participatory LabCitizens for greener cross-border regions along the EU’s external borders”, which took place on 10 October in Brussels during the European Week of Regions and Cities. The biggest event on EU regional and urban policy counted this year on over 6.000 participants, 600 speakers and over 100 workshops, debates and networking opportunities. TESIM participated to the event with a three-fold activity articulated around an exhibition stand, a Participatory Lab and a thematic workshop (as side event).

What environment for post-2020?

How does cross-border cooperation foster the preservation of the environment? Which innovative solutions are brought in by the projects? And how are these projects paving the way for greener, low-carbon cross-border areas in the next programming period?

"Citizens against marine litter"

Protecting our common home in 126 moves (so far)

We adapt building technology to save energy. We turn organic waste into compost. We monitor rivers to increase awareness of pollution… The ENI CBC family is heavily involved in the protection of environment: over one hundred projects are already running full speed.

"We are all fighting a common enemy: forest fire"