Since 2009 our company has recycled more than 395 tonnes of electronic waste, avoiding its introduction into landfill sites. This activity allows us to reduce CO2 emissions and greenhouse gases on our planet. The technical support of the Union for the Mediterranean can help us to better export hazardous wastes.”
General Manager Collectun d3e Recyclage. SwitchMed, MED ReSCP
The Mediterranean region offers an immense potential for the sustainable, environmentally friendly development of its people. The UfM promotes regional cooperation to protect the Mediterranean Sea and the natural resources of the countries belonging to its area, and supports partnerships inspired by ‘green/blue’ circular economy principles.
Serious environmental threats, including water scarcity, put at risk this potential. Sustainable access, provision and use of water are key concerns. Particularly, the areas along the southern and eastern shores of the region are among the world’s most water-scarce, with more than 150 million people facing water stress as well as water pollution problems. The UfM supports the implementation of regional agendas on Water, Environment and Blue Economy through initiatives such as the H2020 initiative for a Cleaner Mediterranean, with the objective of tackling 80% of pollution sources by 2020.
The UfM has observer status at the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) and the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD).
of the total of the employed population in 2015 in the Mediterranean countries work in the tourism sector
Estimated cost of marine debris clean-ups across the EU
in the region are considered water poor and an additional 60 million face water stress
Promote for integrated water resources management and ensure access to water resources and affordable water services.
Protect the Mediterranean Sea and environment, contributing to de-pollution and pollution prevention efforts in the region.
Promote green and blue economy.