Mediterranean: EU aid to south for waste management

ARLEM bets on transfer of knowledge to fight pollution

24 February, 14:42

    (ANSAmed) - TANGIERS, FEBRUARY 24 - Fighting pollution in the Mediterranean requires the correct management of waste in countries on the southern shore which need assistance from the European Union to improve their infrastructures. It is for this reason that the Euro-Mediterranean regional and local assembly (ARLEM) decided Monday in Tangiers to focus its activities in 2014 on the exchange of good practices and the transfer of knowledge from north to south to preserve the environment and health of citizens.

    ''We must work with the assistance of countries on the northern shore for the well being of the whole region: pollution in the Mediterranean worsened due to the bad management of waste'', said Ali Abdel Rahman, governor of Giza (Egypt) and co-president of the southern shore of ARLEM.

    The need to ''change mentality'' was stressed by the mayor of Beit Sahour (Palestine), Hani Al-Hayek. ''ARLEM can support us in solving concrete problems: in Arab regions nobody understands the system to recycle waste and the west can help us improved life in our cities'', said Al-Hayek. (ANSAmed).

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