MARRAKECH - Morocco must cope with a continuous increase in the volume of waste products in the country. This increase is due, not only to the steady growth of the number of inhabitants, but also to the changing patterns of production and consumption which also contribute to the improvement of the standard of living.
MARRAKECH – Morocco must cope with a continuous increase in the volume of waste products in the country. This increase is due, not only to the steady growth of the number of inhabitants, but also to the changing patterns of production and consumption which also contribute to the improvement of the standard of living.
According to LeMag, Marrakech will be host to the ‘Waste Management in the Maghreb Countries: Research, Innovation, and Education’ workshop on the 3rd and 4th October 2013, with the participation of scientists, researchers, academics, policy makers and business leaders of the Maghreb and Europe.
The workshop, designed to be an opportunity to share the most advanced knowledge on research and innovation in the field of wastes management, was organized by the Cadi Ayyad University of Marrakech, in collaboration with the University Abdelmalek Essaadi and the Technical University of Darmstadt, and the assistance of the German DAAD Program and Management and Environmental Protection platform of the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ-Morocco).
The workshop seeks to provide a forum for an exchange of best practices, educational tools and capacity building in the area of proper waste management and aims for the creation of new job profiles within a green economy in the Maghreb countries.
Participants in this workshop will discuss topics related to urban waste management, management of industrial waste and toxic waste, waste to energy, and education and sustainable management of wastes in Maghreb countries.
Waste, as defined by the parameters of the workshop, includes anything from household waste, industry, shops, care activities, construction, services of cleaning, parks, etc..
We must note that the current production of household waste in urban Morocco is estimated at 5.3 million tons per year, averaging 0.76 kg per capita and rural 1.47 million tons per year, on average 0.28 kg per inhabitant per day—as reported by the National Program of Household Waste (PNDM). With population growth, rapid urbanization and changing consumption patterns, production of household waste in Morocco is increasing.
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