Reviewing its work in this sector, Germany’s GIZ reported that, in collaboration with partners, it has spearheaded initiatives in Libya to propel a circular economy of waste prioritising waste minimisation.
GIZ explained that contrary to the linear economy’s approach of extraction, consumption and disposal, the circular economy promotes continuous usage and regeneration loops. Thus, this model champions waste reduction, material reuse and recycling.
Tunisia workshop for municipalities
In this regard, GIZ reported that in September this year it supported representatives of Libyan and Tunisian municipalities to meet in Mahdia, Tunisia, to exchange insights at a workshop on how to foster a circular economy.
Best practice and joint long-term goals identified
The primary focus at this workshop was on waste reduction and recycling strategies. The workshop’s objective was to evaluate each municipality’s potential in both nations to embrace and work within a circular economy. Collaborative brainstorming sessions facilitated the exchange of ideas. The participants identified best practices and established joint long-term goals.
This concerted effort, GIZ explained, aimed to forge sustainable partnerships and elevate resource management practices. Following the workshop, the participants attended a one-day event in Mahdia organized by MedCities – the Mediterranean Cities network for Urban Sustainable Development.
MEDCities actively promotes sustainable urban development in the region with a keen focus on supporting environmental protection from a local perspective.
This activity is supported by the European Union in Libya and Germany’s BMZ -funded project “Decentralisation as a contribution to peacebuilding in Libya / Support to municipalities in Libya (SML)”. It is implemented by Germany’s GIZ in cooperation with the Libyan Ministry of Local Government and 30 partner municipalities.