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Go ahead for the second phase of the Ewit project, coordinated by Remedia, to share Europe’s best practices in WEEE management.

Europe and Africa join forces for the management of Waste Electric and Electronic Equipment (WEEE). The second phase of the Ewit project is about to start: the project allocates over €6.1 million for the cooperation between the two continents, with a series of meetings organized in 4 African cities participating in the initiative. Each of these four cities is the twin of a different European city.

The project will be concluded by the Panafrican Conference that will take place in January 2017.

The Ewit project, which is organized by Remedia, took off in February 2015. Its aim is to allow the best practices in the field of WEEE management to be shared among the European cities of Florence (Italy), Antwerp (Belgium), Oporto (Portugal) and Vienna (Austria) and the African cities of Choma (Zambia), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Johannesburg (South Africa) and Kisii (Kenya).

The heart of the project is the online platform http://ewit.site, currently ready for use. This platform consists of a part that is open to everybody and a part that can be accessed through log in by various organizations and by all those who are interested in urban scale WEEE management in developing contexts. This section allows access to the documents drafted and published during the first part of the project. Moreover, it contains guidelines for a correct waste management adapted to a number of possible contexts.

The first part of the project was developed between July 2015 and June 2016. Its focus was the collection of the material necessary to realize the website. It was divided in the following phases:

  1. The first phase, “Twin Cities Workshop”, was organized in Europe and Africa to map out the local WEEE management systems. This allowed to identify possible intervention areas and relevant best practices.
  2. The second phase, “Expert Modelling Workshop”, consisted in a series of meetings of a team of high-level experts aimed at designing possible solutions.

The last phase, which has just begun (October 2016), is crucial to promote the knowledge and use of the portal and its toolkit, in particular among decision-makers of the developing countries for what concerns WEEE management. The first conference will take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, followed by conferences in Ivory Coast, Kenya, and Zambia. Finally, the cycle will be concluded by the conference in the headquarters of the African Union Commission. In addition to the four officially participating countries, the Ewit project was met with interest also by other African nations such as Ghana and Senegal.

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