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BAT4MED Dissemination Workshop Successfully Held in Libya, August 15, 2013

Video-conference presentation of BAT4MED at the Environmental General Authority of Libya

In the final stages of the 3-year BAT4MED, the project results are being disseminated in other Arab countries of the Mediterranean in a series of workshops. After successful completion of the first two workshops in Palestine and Lebanon, the following workshop was in Tripoli, Libya, held on August 15, 2013. The workshop was organized by the Center for Environment and Development in the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) in cooperation with the Environmental General Authority (EGA) of Libya.

Stakeholders from industry, academia, and public sector gathered to learn about BAT4MED project activities and outcomes and to discuss means of incorporating results into policies, plans and programs that address their cleaner production concerns and priorities. Libya does not have a cleaner production center dedicated to the IPPC issues like in most other Mediterranean countries, and this was pointed out as an opportunity for development.

A rich discussion took place among the attendees expressing interest in seeking means to implement IPPC by capitalizing on the CP efforts and programs already taking place in Libya, especially in the Cement industry. It was noted that much post-revolution enthusiasm is there among stakeholders to improve environmental performance of industries, and it has been mostly driven by the public participation and pressure of the civil society.