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Food waste management and circular economy in Mediterranean cities

Webinar Agenda, 25 May 2022









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    Food waste management and circular economy in Mediterranean cities
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    During this webinar, organized by the SFS-MED Platform and held on 25 May 2022, stakeholders from across the Mediterranean shared practical experiences of their engagement in circular economy practices for food waste management at urban/local level. Tackling food waste and circularity from diverse angles of the Mediterranean food systems, they reflected on success factors and challenges, discussing ways to facilitate partnerships and replication of solutions across the Mediterranean. The discussion was instrumental in demonstrating how food waste management and circular economy can be levers for sustainable food systems. A circular economy approach to food waste would enable to recognize and maintain the value and utility of food products, nutrients and resources for as long as possible, minimizing resource use and upcycling food waste and by-products. In this regard, cities can act as hubs of innovation and connectivity transforming food by-products into more valuable materials. Food waste management and circularity are key entry points for local governments to integrate food systems into local plans and actions. To do so, fostering multi-stakeholder approaches is paramount, so as to synergize and establish a collaborative ecosystem among local governments, civil society, research centres, private sector, international organizations, investors, etc. This cannot happen without education, information and knowledge sharing that enable to train, raise awareness and change the perspective/mind-set of local stakeholders. Last, but not least, this process shall be accompanied by increased investments and innovation.
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    Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems (WEFE) Nexus to increase food systems' resilience to climate change and conflict's cascading effects in the Mediterranean region
    Wednesday 6 July 2022 | 09:00 – 10:30 (CEST)
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    This series of technical webinars is organized to leverage the knowledge and expertise of a network of researchers, development practitioners and decision-makers. The webinars aim at strengthening knowledge sharing and stimulating debate around themes relevant to food systems transformation in the Mediterranean, peer exchange about recent research and study findings, as well as showcasing successful and inspiring actions to promote the operationalization of food systems approaches. This webinar will bring together stakeholders from across the Mediterranean to share practical experiences of their engagement in adopting WEFE Nexus solutions and demonstrate the more comprehensive socio-economic benefits of their proposed practices on the food system at large, going beyond a fragmented system of sectors and players. Stakeholders will share case studies and tangible examples of WEFE Nexus technical solutions applied in the Mediterranean region, with emphasis on the MENA, reflect on success factors and challenges, and discuss ways to facilitate replication and upscaling solutions across the Mediterranean, and influence policy change. Particular focus will be given to the participation of stakeholders involved in WEFE Nexus demonstration sites. The webinar will aim to address a key question: how could the application of the WEFE nexus influence food systems transformation in the Mediterranean, towards increased resilience to climate change and conflicts?
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    Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystem (WEFE) Nexus to increase food systems' resilience to climate change and conflict's cascading effects in the Mediterranean region
    Webinar outcomes
    2022
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    During this webinar, organized by the SFS-MED Platform and held on 6 July 2022, stakeholders from across the Mediterranean shared practical experiences of their engagement in adopting WEFE Nexus solutions and demonstrate the more comprehensive socio-economic benefits of their proposed practices on the food system at large, going beyond a fragmented system of sectors and players. Tackling the WEFE Nexus approaches from diverse angles of the Mediterranean food systems, they shared case studies and tangible examples of WEFE Nexus technical solutions applied in the Mediterranean region, reflecting on success factors and challenges, and discussing ways to facilitate replication and upscaling solutions across the Mediterranean, and influence policy change. The discussion was instrumental in demonstrating how the WEFE Nexus could represent a paradigm shift in the international development agenda, moving from disjointed sectoral development interventions to a more integrated resource management and sustainable use. There is a need for transformation towards sustainable food systems that embrace a WEFE nexus approach to promote peace, recovery and resilience, characterized by interdisciplinary research and knowledge sharing, to be applied in practice through multi-stakeholder collaboration. Moreover, bridging the nexus knowledge gap requires capacity building and combined action by the scientific community, policymakers and practitioners on the ground, paired with high-level political will supported by a sound governance system. Last, but not least, technological innovation and nature-based solutions spearheaded by the private sector have the potential to democratize data generation and use and to minimize costs for the sustainable management and restoration of natural resources. For this to happen, there is a need for financial innovation in de-risking and investment mechanisms that target innovative agri-food businesses and incentivize WEFE nexus solutions.

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