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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:

  • Urging the Arab countries to evaluate the current situation concerning regulations and legislations related to the e-waste issue in order to enhance the actions required to face this challenge.

  • Benefiting from the multi-stakeholder partnerships which were established to implement the necessary policies and incentives required for sound environmental management of e-waste in the Arab region.

  • Establishing a productive partnership and creating future commercial opportunities between the concerned national, regional and international parties, including governments, industrial sector, private sector, non-governmental organizations, financial institutions, research and academic centers and international organizations.

  • Establishing awareness campaigns to increase awareness regarding opportunities and incentives within the efforts of the countries to transfer to green economy as in managing the e-waste issue. This transfer would be done in cooperation with the National Cleaner Production Centres and any other concerned party.

  • Calling upon the United Nations Environmental programme (UNEP), and the Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE), and the Regional and International Organizations, in cooperation with the National Cleaner Production Centres to provide technical and logistical support concerning the sound environmental management of e-waste.

  • Calling upon Funding parties to provide financial support in order to support projects aiming to enhance the environmental sound management of e-waste.

  • Urging industrial associations in the Arab countries to force the producers and distributors in applying Extended Producer Responsibility framework.

  • Call upon producers and distributors of electronic and electrical equipments to provide effective support in the collection and recycling of e-waste through participating in technology transfer and providing technical and financial support.



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