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Regional Policy Measures to support Green and Circular Businesses in the Mediterranean

This document presents a set of regional measures adopted by the Contracting Parties to the Barcelona Convention at their COP22.

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A Circular Blue Economy for the Mediterranean

Current practices and opportunities

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Regional Summary of Policy Recommendations to Support the Development of Green and Circular Businesses in the Mediterranean

This document encompasses a set of policy recommendations with the aim to create an enabling environment and remove obstacles for the successful establishment and growth of green and circular economy businesses (also referred to as sustainable businesses) in the Mediterranean region.

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Guidelines to tackle single-use plastic products in the Mediterranean region

The guidelines target policymakers and provide them with a step-by-step approach for developing the most appropriate framework to prevent the negative impacts of single-use plastic products.

Guidelines to phase out single-use plastic bags in the Mediterranean

These guidelines intend to present set of measures that can be considered in developing the most appropriate legal and regulatory framework to introduce the non-single use of plastic bags.

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Policy Guidelines to Address Single-Use Plastics through Public Procurement in the Mediterranean

The guidelines target policy-makers and provide them with a step-by-step approach for developing the appropriate framework to address the reduction of single-use plastics through procurement in the public sector.

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Best Practice Factsheet on Extended Producer Responsibility

How France successfully implemented EPR schemes. 

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Best Practice Factsheet on Industrial Symbiosis Program

How South Africa successfully implemented the Western Cape Industrial Symbiosis Program.

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Best Practice Factsheet on Waste Pickers

How Brazil successfully incorporated informal waste pickers in the National Policy of Solid Waste.

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Best Practice Factsheet on Plastic Innovation

How Canada implemented an innovative program to tackle plastic pollution.

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Best Practice Factsheet on Certification for Sustainable Tourism

How Costa Rica successfully implemented the Certification for Sustainable Tourism.

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Best Practice Factsheet on Municipal Reuse Centres

How Sweden and The Netherlands successfully developed "reuse centres" based on circular economy principles.

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Best Practice Factsheet on Green Deal Circular Procurement

How The Netherlands successfully implemented the public-private partnership "Green Deal" to boost Circular Procurement.

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Best Practice Factsheet on Public Funding for Circular Economy Projects

How Portugal successfully implemented a public funding program for environmental projects.

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Best Practice Factsheet on Circular Construction

How Scotland successfully implemented a circular construction program.

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Best practice factsheet on the Brussels Regional Program for Circular Economy

How the Brussels region successfully implemented a program to accelerate the city's circular transition.

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Circular Business Opportunities in the South Mediterranean: How Can Businesses Lead the Way to Sustainable Fashion?

This publication focuses on the different strategies to help achieve a transition to circular economy in the south Mediterranean textile and fashion industry

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Regional Action Plan for Sustainable Consumption and Production in the Mediterranean

The SCP Regional Action Plan defines common objectives and identifies actions guiding the implementation of SCP in four priority areas namely Food, fisheries and agriculture; Goods manufacturing; Tourism and Housing and construction.

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SCP Policy Toolkit

Toolkit for mainstreaming Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) into key economic sectors in the Mediterranean.


External resources for policymakers

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The Ellen MacArthur Foundation published this paper in 2021 to help governments enable the circular economy transition to scale.

C40 Hub

C40 is a global network of nearly 100 cities taking urgent action to confront the climate crisis and create a future where everyone can thrive.

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Global community of practitioners, policymakers and experts implementing SDG 12: ensuring sustainable patterns of consumption and production.

European Circular Economy Stakeholder Platform

This website contains over 700 Good Practices, 50 CE Strategies, 350 studies and report, 35 CE Toolkits and Guidelines, an online Forum called "Dialogue"and a list of over 150 European CE Networks. It also displays a map showing the location of each Good Practice, Strategy or Event. 

UNEP Circularity Approach

UNEP key resources on building circularity address a range of stakeholders’ groups: businesses & industry, consumers, finance actors, and cities & local governments. Other publications cover specific sectors, including plastics, textiles and chemicals.

Ellen MacArthur Foundation

The Ellen MacArthur Foundation has a library with more than 680 results (text, video and audio) on Circular Economy topics such as:plastics, biodiversity, food, finance, cities…It has a section for Policy resources, with Policy examples, tools and methods. 


This Hub managed by the One Planet network is a one-stop-shop for governments, businesses, civil society and the public for tracking progress on the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 12: ensuring sustainable consumption and production (SCP) patternsIt contains many reports, e-learning courses and other tools related to SCP topics (Waste management, Sustainable Business, Green Public Procurement, etc.).

EuroMed Policy Hub

This hub gathers policy instruments on green growth and related topics that exist on EU, Mediterranean, national, and local levels. It has over 175 items, such as SCP Action Plans on different sectors (energy, waste, climate change, circular economy…).


This platform aims at African countries. It contains News, Circular Case Studies, Publications, Knowledge share videos and a Circular Economy Expert Database.


Network of good practices linked to marine litter management from both Mediterranean shores.

Waste Med

This best practice repository aims to promote waste reduction and circular economy across the waste management chain in the Mediterranean region. The 20 cases included are tagged by categories: prevention, collection, no littering, recycling and reuse.

Green Economy Tracker

The Green Economy Tracker charts 21 ‘best in class’ policies, across 5 themes, that are already driving systemic change in our national economies.


The HOOP Network of Cities and Regions is aimed at facilitating exchange of knowledge and mutual learning among cities and regions willing to recover valuable resources from urban biowaste and wastewater to make bio-based products.

Interreg Euro-MED Academy

Courses and learning opportunities about sustainable and inclusive development in the Euro-Mediterranean region.

Med Urban Tools

Platform with best case studies, interviews with experts and tools about sustainable urban development. It covers the following sectors: Environment and climate change, waste, city strategies and governance, urban planning, mobility, etc.