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The ToT for teachers aims at transferring knowledge about the importance of proper disposal of e-waste to students through classroom instruction and activities.

Electronic waste is currently the most rapidly growing environmental problem in Lebanon and the Arab region, due to the fast paste of technological evolution and planned obsolescence, knowing that E-waste contains more than 1000 toxic substances that are potentially harmful to humans and their environment.

With the aim of finding solutions for the E-waste issue on a regional level, Beeatoona organized a 3-day regional workshop in Lebanon on the proper management of E-waste.

To mark the launching of the workshop, a ceremony was held on Thursday, 27 May, 2010, at the Monroe Hotel- Beirut, with the presence of well respected officials: Eng. Sana Sairawan representing the Lebanese Minister of the Environment Mr. Mohamed Rahal, former minister of the environment Dr. Antoine Karam, M.P. Nabil Nicolas, Col. Nagy Aramuni representing the chief if the Lebanese Armed Forces Brig. Gen. Jean Kahwaji, Col. Pierre Hayek representing the General Manager of the Lebanese Internal Security Forces Gen. Ashraf Rifi; along with representatives of NGOs and environmental activists.

Mr. Maroun Charabati, president of Beeatoona, opened the ceremony by highlighting the rapidly expanding size of electronic waste, pointing out that everyone is responsible for the safety of the environment, and our duty is to come up with solutions for the environmental problems that are growing furthermore each day. Eng. Sairawan followed by declaring that the Lebanese Ministry of the Environment’s pan of work includes the proper management of hazardous and non-hazardous waste, and emphasized on the need to develop legislations and guidelines concerning E-waste management.

And to underline the involvement of the Lebanese private sector engaged in the E-waste issue, Mr. Ali Harake, marketing manager of Microsoft- Lebanon, spoke about their partnership with Beeatoona, which focuses on encouraging the reuse of computers before recycling them, by providing licensed software that is compatible with refurbished computers, which is part of their environmental initiative in the Middle East and North Africa..

On the regional level, and to expose the regional experience in E-waste management, Eng. Baker Abbadi, director of the planning and budget department in the Greater Amman Municipality, emphasized on the importance of the cooperation between the civil society organizations and the public sector, and how it is currently being successfully applied in Jordan, in order to come up with an accurate action plan which aims at resolving the E-waste issue. Mr.Khaled al Hajiri, Chairman of “Green Line”, a Kuwaiti environmental group, endorsed this, and hoped that the regional training could be a gateway for a regional cooperation between all stakeholders to find a permanent solution for the E-waste threat. And to mark a milestone in the E-waste cause, Dr. Tarek El Ruby, representative of the Egyptian Ministry of Environment, declared that during year 2010, strategies and operational business plans will be developed in Egypt, in order to ensure a better management of E-waste.

During the 3-day workshop, participants and experts from various Arab countries, such as Jordan, Kuwait, Egypt, Bahrain, Oman and Tunisia exchanged information and experiences about the subject of E-waste. The workshop aimed at coming up with a joint action plan for a better management of E-waste in the region.

The workshop was concluded on the 3rd day by the announcement of the establishment of the Arab Forum for the Proper Management of E-waste. The forum’s secretariat will be located at Beeatoona- Lebanon.

The participants also came up with a list of recommendations that will be addressed to the Board of the Arab Ministries, for further advocacy and included the following:
  • Enacting and amending legislations to conform with the needs of E-waste management
  • Preparing national action plans that tackle the E-waste issue
  • Applying and disseminating internationally approved guidelines for the sound management of E-waste, and adjusting them to suit the participating countries.
  • Building the capacities of relevant institutions (Government, private sector, civil society, and media) on E-waste hazards and proper management
  • Raising the level of awareness and knowledge among producers, importers and wholesalers of electrical and electronic devices, establishing a mechanism to communicate with them through Chambers of Commerce
  • Strengthening the partnership between the public and the private sector and the civil society organizations for E-waste management
  • Creating coordination mechanisms between the institutions of the civil society
  • Introducing E-waste awareness in schools, technical institutes and universities’ curriculum

This workshop is part of Beeatoona’s campaign: “E-waste and battery recycling for a better environment”, which targeted 450 private and public schools in Lebanon, Jordan and Tunisia, as well as training and recruiting 60 computer retail shops serving as official E-cyclers in Lebanon for E-waste collection.