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Mr. Michele GiaviniARS ambiente Srl, senjor consultant of Italian Composting Association CIC took part in the Final Conference of the SCOW project was on the 1st and 2nd of December 2015 by HWE, at Ramallah, Mövenpick Hotel.

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The agenda of the Final Conference
08.30 – 09.00  Registration

09.00-10.00  –  Session 1: Opening remarks
Moderator: Khaled Rajab, HWE

09.05 – 09.15  Palestinian Environmental Quality Authority  (EQA)

09.15 – 09.25  Ministry of Agriculture

Office of the European Union (EU) Representative- Mr Paolo Curradi, Head of Section -Water and Land Development (Confirmed).

09.25 – 09.40  Local Partners (Ramallah municipality; AL Itehad municipality; and Jericho municipality)

09.40 – 09.50 Salvador Rueda, Director of BCNecologia

09.50 – 10.00 Imad Masri, HWE Chairman of the BoD

10.00-10.45 Session 2: Introduction
Moderator: Qasem Abdo

10.00 – 10.20 Biowaste Management in the Mediterranean shore (Policies, objectives, drivers, models, compost needs, etc.). Michele Giavini, SCOW expert collaborator,  Italian Composting Association/ARSambiente

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10.20 – 10.40 SCOW Project presentation (objectives, tasks, main results and public outputs). Gemma Nohales, BCNecologia

11:00 – 11:45 coffee break

11:30 – 13:00 Session 3: SCOW project Partners’ experiences and results
The session will include presentations or video by Partners: Catalonia, Genoa, Malta, Upper Galilee, Corsica as well as about Project Monitoring and results

Presentation of the project implication and results in Palestine

13:00 – 14:00 lunch break

14:00 – 15:00 Session 4: Biowaste management and composting for the benefit of agriculture
Moderator: Hussain Abu Oun, Middle JSC

The Green House Gases Inventory of Palestine ,solid waste emissions and  composting as a potential mitigation measure. Fawzi Abdo, UNDP

Efficient models and technologies for biowaste prevention, management and composting. Ramon Plana, SCOW external expert.

Compost quality, marketing and application. Massimo Centemero, Director of Italian

Composting Association and Vice-president of European Compost Network

Current practices and challenges related to the use of compost in Palestine. Qasim Abdo, HWE External Expert

National policies and guidelines related to production, management and use of compost. Imad Ghunmeh and Hazem Yasin, Ministry of Agriculture

15:00 – 15:15 coffee break

15:15 – 16:00 Session 5:  Closing session
Manifesto for proper waste management and Med Compost Network. Marta Vila, BCNecolgia

Panel with selected key stakeholders to discuss:

Moderator: Imad Al Baba

Future of Biowaste management and policies in the Mediterranean
Lessons learned from the project
Potential for sustainability and replicability of biowaste management models
Next steps and recommendations for future initiatives.
ENI projects and other cooperation programmes.

By: Gemma Nohales, BCNecologia;Abdel Jabbar Abu Halaweh, JSC of Jericho; Yasir Dwaik, JSC of Hebron and South West Bank.

Concluding remarks and event closure by the HWE

Mr. Michele Giavini – ARS ambiente, consultant of Italian Composting Association CIC –Success stories of waste separation from other parts of the world

By 2050, almost 95% of the population will live in cities, even though the conference is addressing remote and tourism regions yet in fact, most of the population will live in cities and we need to find a solution for this trend.

In Italy, 4 million tons of organic waste are treated in 250 compost installations, where the main stream to these sites is food scraps and landscaping waste.

In Milano, with a population of 1.3 million, 90 kilos per person, a small ventilated container as the base (L7), a medium-sized container (L30) and a central container for removal (L120), removal twice a week.  Rate of non-organic residue is less than 5%. All of the waste is treated at an anaerobic plant for producing electricity.

In San Francisco, with 850,000 citizens, 1.35 million commuters, 123 kilos organic waste per person per year, separation into three streams.  Great difficulty in instilling the policy because of the high rate of foreigners in the city.

In Dhaka, with an estimated population of 14 million citizens, the content of organic waste is high, 67%, collection is done by rickshaws, at about 60%, at this rate the organic waste per person per year is about 83 kilos in response to a rise in the landfill fee. Waste treatment is performed through different systems and at different scales in accordance with local needs using local composting.

(Compiler’s Note: In Israel the data relates to amount per household and not per person)

Rural areas – Household composting is not sufficient, collection of organic waste by a multi-function truck saves costs (mainly transportation).

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