News from ISWA RDN Southeast Europe, Middle East, and Mediterranean (RDN SEMEM)

Mr. Alexei Atudorei, ISWA Regional Development Network (RDN) Representative, looks back at the two exciting events that recently took place in the SEMEM region as part of ISWA RDN's activities.

13 Jul 2018 -


Where and when: Novi Sad, Serbia, 21-22 June

"Investing in Climate Ready Municipal Waste Systems - from Idea to Implementation"


The Waste Initiative launched a Network of Southeast European, Middle Eastern, and Central Asian Cities in March 2018 at a workshop in Novi Sad, Serbia.The network, which is implemented by the Serbian Solid Waste Association (SeSWA), focuses on fostering informational exchange and outreach to municipalities in these regions, while responding to the demand for knowledge on improved waste management techniques that reduce short-lived climate pollutants. Second workshop organized in June 2018 and hosted by SeSWA involved a combination of technical presentations, case studies, interactive panel discussions, small group work, and matchmaking sessions in order to convey concepts and establish connections between workshop participants and financial institutions.


Presentations made by CCAC experts and financial institutions (IFC, EBRD, EIB) helped the city representatives to prepare their presentations on the second day of the workshop, discussing select priorities for waste management and action plans for each participating city (Istanbul, Novi Sad, Amman, Krusevae, Kumanovo, Herceg Novi, Skopje, Kazma, Iasi, Tel Aviv, Lapovo, to name a few).


Mr. Antonis Mavropoulos, ISWA President, presented on the topic of "How the 4th Industrial Revolution Will Drive a Carbonless Waste Management" and emphasized the important role of ISWA in the implementation of the circular economy concept worldwide. The organizers are now waiting for the final reports from each city and future new projects in the Region.


To find out more, visit or contact Mr. Alexei Atudorei at alexei.atudorei[at]


Photo of the group after the workshop (first from the top).




Where and when: Mamaia, Romana, 27-29 June

"Circular Economy. Targets, Challenges and Local Solutions for Implementation"


"Circular Economy. Targets, Challenges and Local Solutions for Implementation" was the topic of the 8th international conference, organized by ISWA and ISWA National Member in Romania (ARMD) on 27-29 June.


Different stakeholders invited to the event represented varied positions on the topic of waste management: three associations, ISWA, FEAD and Municipal Waste Europe; EIB/JASPERS: Romanian Ministries of Environment and of European Funds; companies from the EU such as Adarco, Iridex, Supercom, Eco Bihor, Hitachi Zosen Inova AG, and CTE Solutions. During the two-day event, over 150 participants discussed the present situation of municipal waste management in Eastern Europe, challenges and hurdles, achievements and failures, possible future barriers to reach the targets (political, financial and social), most efficient EPR scheme for Eastern Europe, and possible solutions to stop the informal sector activities.


The conclusion of the lively discussions and knowledge exchange was that some countries from Eastern Europe will not reach the targets for 2025, nevertheless important actions should be implemented to support the legal, financial and social situation by each country: reducing waste, promoting markets for secondary materials, incentivizing producers to design better products, and considering how to better manage materials at the end of their life cycle.


ISWA RDN SEMEM members asked for technical support of ISWA NM's from Western Europe and considered new ISWA Twinning projects, that could be started in the Region, possibly this year.


ISWA RDN SEMEM will present a roadmap with a proposal for future cooperation between ISWA National Member's from Europe this October at the ISWA General Assembly in Kuala Lumpur.


To find out more, visit or contact Mr. Alexei Atudorei at alexei.atudorei[at]


Photo taken at the conference (second from the top).

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