Clima Fund 

About the project 

While by 2020 most EU Member States will be reusing and recycling at least 50% of their municipal waste, landfilling less than 35% of biodegradable waste, and recycling at least 55% of packaging, forecasts are more difficult to determine for Mediterranean Partner Countries. The CLIMA project, and its regional platform of Italian, Tunisian and Lebanese municipalities, public agencies and NGOs, aims to cope with environmental, economic and social problems of organic waste mismanagement in three Mediterranean countries, developing policy tools like integrated Municipal Waste Management Plans, innovative technical solutions such as the compost drum and two improved pilot compost sites. At the same time, the project will support local businesses active in the circular economy sector, as well as information and advocacy campaigns to change citizens’ attitude towards zero waste paradigm. Through the project, around 80,000 citizens in 3 municipalities will benefit from the reduction of waste production due to the increase of treated organic waste. 




Full title: 

CLIMA – Cleaning Innovative Mediterranean Action: reducing waste to boost economies 

Thematic objective: 

B.4 Environmental protection, climate change adaptation and mitigation 


B.4.2 Waste management 


Italy, Tunisia, Lebanon 


What will be improved? 

By defining a multiannual strategy at municipal level, fostering cross-border exchanges of experiences and transfer of innovation in treating and recovering high quality organic component, the project will positively impact the 3 targeted territories, reducing the risk of unsafe or illegal disposal of waste and creating at the same time new opportunities for businesses using organic waste as secondary raw material. 

Who will benefit? 

  • 9 institutions and local authorities directly involved in the realisation of the project activities 
  • 12 firms and economic actors interested in affordable supply of high quality secondary raw materials 
  • 450 people among citizens and decision-makers aware on the necessity of a circular and sustainable waste collection and management 
  • 40 partners’ staff experts benefitting from technical trainings and exchange visits 
  • 80,000 citizens and key stakeholders reached by the territorial education and sensitisation campaigns at Mediterranean level 

Expected achievements 

  • 3 Municipal Waste Management Plans integrated with specific measures on the management of organic waste and targets to be met in order to reduce the production of waste and increase the reuse of the organic component 
  • 3 composting sites created or enhanced in Tunisia (municipality of Mahdia) and Lebanon (Municipality of Bikfaya and Tanaayel) 
  • 12 local social enterprises receiving technical and financial support to foster the creation of an organic waste value chain 
  • 160+ awareness-raising and educational actions in the field of sustainable waste management 

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