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SWM MENA Profile
In this section, each SWEEP-Net member country is presented through its country profile. Bellow the used methodology and the benchmarking system for the final Regional Report are described as well as the document itself is ready to download for further information on the region.

Regional Key Facts (2013):

CountriesAlgeria, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Mauritania, Morocco, Palestinian Territory, Tunisia, Yemen
Spoken languagesArabic, English, French, Berber
Area5,602.55 sq km
Population210.7 million
Average GNI per capita$ 3,302







Regional Benchmarking System:
Monitoring of trends and innovation is a crucial element of knowledge sharing and, hence, regional development towards an integrated solid waste management. In order to identify trends in waste management, there is a need for significant amount of data. Data collection and management helps accountability, transparency, and the creation and budgeting of effective strategies. The analysis of data may help in the identification of problems and solutions.
Together with its partners SWEEP-Net has developed a benchmarking system that allows its member countries to monitor and present their development towards an integrated resource and solid waste management. The system adopted is holistic. It does not only cover infrastructural aspects and quantitative characteristics of the waste management but it also analyses the whole dimensions of the systems, focusing on deficiencies and projecting opportunities and trying to identify trends.
In order to be able to provide tangible conclusions the SWEEP-Net benchmarking approach is based on standardised data, and indicators based on the methodology used by UN Habitat in the publication “Solid Waste Management in the World’s cities”.
The SWEEP-Net report CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES FOR SOLID WASTE MANAGEMENT IN THE MASHREQ AND MAGHREB REGION 2013 provides an evaluation of the performance of waste management practices, and outlines upcoming challenges as well as food for priority setting and appropriate decision-making.

The 5-steps methodology that was used is described below.
Firstly, a general profile of each country was created, including information on land, population characteristics, urbanization, households, financial situation, consumption, Human Development Index, and other.
Secondly, information on waste quantities, generation, composition, collection, and management practices were investigated, presenting a general overview of the solid waste situation in the relevant countries. Thirdly, financial parameters were looked in, including waste management costs and financial market issues.
Fourthly, institutional indicators were studied, like the legislative framework, laws, people’s participation, policies, monitoring, and informal sectors participation.
Finally, data on special waste management streams were studied, including hazardous, medical, recycling, and green and agricultural waste.

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