NETWAP project's: Italy-Croazia in waste prevention and management initiatives

On 12-13th February 2019 the NETWAP (Network of small “in situ” Waste Prevention and management initiatives) project, financed by the Interreg Italy – Croatia Programme, have been launched.

NETWAP project’s objective is to address potential environmental damage and improve the quality of the marine environment in selected territories of the cooperation area, by increasing the awareness, ability, know-how and decision-making activities of local communities towards a sustainable waste management methodology and a system based on innovative technologies and procedures.

The project involves the development, verification and validation of a sustainable municipal strategy and a waste management model that promote the adoption of a cross-border approach based on effective cooperation and in harmony with the EU waste hierarchy and with the principles of circular economy. The problem of increasing tourist pressure on fragile cultural and natural sites, with particular attention to small and / or isolated communities, far from well-established collection and treatment services is addressed by the project.

What will NETWAP project concretely do? The project will address the challenges taking into account the governmental, technical, financial and environmental aspects of developing a cross-border waste management strategy and methodologies, training needs of technical staff and information needs on the political side. The approach is innovative as it aims to overcome the existing practice in the management of organic and plastic waste already in place, both in the Italian and Croatian coastal areas, supporting local authorities and economic operators in the design of an effective methodology for small communities, tourists and citizens in gathering the required knowledge.

The creation of an Italian-Croatian shared methodology requires an approach that capitalizes on established methods with the best waste management practices and innovative aspects related to the involvement, awareness and authorization of all the interested parties in the project areas.


The NETWAP project will focus on human capital skills and skills development, involving all communities targeted in the management of organic waste and disadvantaged local groups in capacity building activities and daily work with a participatory approach.

The intervention in particular will include the following activities:

  • elaboration of a baseline of effective waste management practices in the project area accessible via the web. The baseline will refer to the data collected in each region by the partners and will help to build new sustainable practices;
  • Training of interested parties supported by the use of video clips and slides as EPUB3 Open source files. These can be downloaded in all project languages ​​(Italian, English and Croatian) from any computer platform and mobile device that allows you to reach a large audience;
  • 2 composter installation pilot actions with the support of companies specialized in the bio and green economy sector, in order to assure potential customers that the product compound is safe, reliable and of high quality. In this way compost, will no longer be a waste, will generate economic alternatives for local communities, which could commercialize the output of their organic collection.


The project is coordinated by the Municipality of Zadar and will be implemented thanks to the cooperation with Cistoca, Ruder Boskovic Institute, ENEA, Fondazione Fenice, Unioncamere del Veneto,  GAL verso il 2000. The project will close on 31st December 2020.