USUDS Newsletter
Number 33 - 24/02/2017

HIGHLIGHTS

8 new members join MedCities

In our last General Assembly held in Tetuan, Morocco, MedCities members approved the entrance of new cities. The network has been enlarged with more than fifteen members in the last two years and currently, it is composed by 54 cities.

Resources

Marine litter assessment in the Adriatic and Ionian Seas

The DeFishGear marine litter assessment report elaborated by the IPA-Adriatic DeFishGear Project,presents the results of the one-year long marine litter surveys carried out in all seven countries sharing the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. This is the first effort to-date aiming to assess the amounts, composition and to the extent possible, the sources of marine litter in all marine matrices (beaches, sea surface, seafloor, biota) of the Adriatic and Ionian Seas. 

Vacancies

Join MedCities General Secretariat team!

The MedCities Association is launching the present call aiming at selecting and hiring an officer to develop the financial, legal and administrative management tasks of the Association. Applications must be sent via email to contact@medcities.org before 11.59 p.m. on 05/03/2017. Applications that do not fulfil the requisites will not be considered. 

Agenda

MADRE Kick off Meeting event

14-15 March, Barcelona- Spain

PANACeA Kick off Meeting event

15-16 March, Marseille- France

EU Policy Forum on Development

22-23 March, Brussels-Belgium

Conference "Safety of historical cities"

31 March-1 April. Split-Croatia

Projects

Pilot project on waste management launched in Bizerte

MedCities and the Municipality of Bizerte (Tunisia), are implementing the GeDeTun project for the reinforcement of municipal capacities in waste management. This project, co-financed by the Municipality of Barcelona and the Barcelona Metropolitan Area, foresees the implementation of pilot projects in order to improve the management of waste collection and the environmental quality of the city.

Projects

COOP-VERD, formalisation of waste picking activities

MedCities is launching a new project, in cooperation with the Municipality of Barcelona, Municipality of Nabeul and the "Association Eco-Tourism and Environment". COOP – VERD Cooperation for the valorisation of green employment, recycling and waste will last until December 2017 and will intervene with the informal waste pickers in order to improve their socio-economic conditions.

MedCities members

Participatory Budget: A step towards local democracy in Tunisia

The Municipality of Sfax shares  its experience on the process of a participatory budget. The article published in MedCities website, is written by Ahmed Guidara, Financial Director of the Municipality of Sfax and expert in local governance and participatory approaches. (available only in French).

Libya

Medcities meets representatives from Libyan cities

The meetings took place during the general Assembly of ARLEM in Malta. The President of MedCities, Mohamed Idaomar and the Secretary General of MedCities participated in the General Assembly of ARLEM that took place in Malta the last 22 and 23 February.

Conferences

Climate Change in the Mediterranean

On February 23rd, MedCities participated in the Conference "Quelles solutions pour la Méditerranée?" organized in Paris by the French Government. The event was chaired by Ms Ségolène Royal, Minister Environment, Energy and Sea and in charge of International Relations on Climate and President of COP21.

Conferences

Urban Forest Boundaries

The European Forum on Urban Forestry (EFUF) celebrates its 20th anniversary in the metropolis of Barcelona. The congress is open to researchers and professionals from Europe who are interested in reflecting on the urban forest fringe areas as spaces of opportunities that can be connected with and contribute to the territory. The deadline for the call for papers has been extended.  

EDITORIAL

Explaining what we do, building on what others did: the importance of capitalisation

MedCities is currently engaged in capitalisation activities of several projects funded by Interreg MED Program such as MADRE, GO-SUMP and PANACeA. Capitalisation is a key element for the achievement of the expected results of a project and, more important, capitalising from others initiatives is essential to build own successful interventions. The impact of the activities of a project aimed at changing a given situation is multiplied and reinforced when it is deeply analysed, communicated and disseminated. Sharing the results achieved and the lessons learned during the implementation of a project is a good tool to increase the effectiveness of the activities. In this sense, capitalisation is also an instrument for peer-to-peer exchange and capacity building as it implies continuous dissemination and assessment of the objectives, activities and results. The capitalisation activities are fundamental to design and implement new public policies based on the results achieved on the projects and previous experiences. MedCities is currently emphasising the need of capitalisation activities and will support projects in this direction in the coming months.

The only source of knowledge is experience. Albert Einstein, german theoretical physicist. 

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