The Second E-waste Management Forum: “Green Business Opportunities”, was held in Marrakech, Morocco on 23-24 November 2010. The Forum was organized by the Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE), the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP/ROWA), the StEP Initiative and the Moroccan Cleaner Production Centre (CMPP).
Based on the success of the First E-waste Management Forum: “Circulating Success” that was held in 2009 in Cairo, Egypt; the Forum pilots and calls for innovative and competitive solutions in electronic waste management (e-waste) to create green business opportunities.
The main objective of the Forum was to showcase how e-waste helps achieve considerable breakthroughs in generating business opportunities, conserving natural resources, adding value and creating jobs along the supply chain, and abating health and environmental hazards effects, by presenting lessons learned and success stories. A key objective of this Forum was to share knowledge about E-waste management success stories, from an international, regional, and national perspective.
The Forum was inaugurated with speeches by Mr. Abdelrahim Shakkour, Morocco, Mr. Mohamed Benyahia, State Secretariat for Water and Environmnt, Morocco, Mr. Saïd Mouline, President of the Sustainable Development Committee, General Confederation of Moroccan Enterprises (CGEM),Ms. Hanan Hanzaz, Morocco National Cleaner Production Centre (CMPP), Mr. Fareed Bushehri, United Nations Environment Programme/ Regional Office of West Asia (UNEP/ROWA), Dr. Hossam Allam, Centre for Environment & Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE), and Ms. Jean Cox-Kearns, StEP Initiative.
Participants were constituted by executive levels entrepreneurs from the ICT private sector enterprises, ICT governmental organizations, environmental affairs organizations, and non-governmental organizations.
More than 120 participants attended the Forum from 14 countries, representing various governmental organizations, private sector enterprises, and non-governmental organizations in addition to representatives from international and regional organizations.
The Forum has concluded with the below recommendations:
ROYAUME DU MAROC
Secrétariat d'Etat auprès du Ministère de l'Energie,
des Mines, de l'Eau et de l'Environnement
Chargé de l'Eau et de l'Environnement