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Discover the 10 selected teams who are enabling youth empowerment and waste management with their solutions as part of the Swiss – Middle East Circular Economy for Youth Initiative (SMECEYI).

Multigreen, cultivating in a circular system

Multigreen lettuce cultivating


The Swiss Pavilion in partnership with Swissnex has launched the Swiss – Middle East Circular Economy for Youth Initiative (SMECEYI). This initiative brings together students from universities across the Middle East region to develop innovative solutions for a cleaner environment, promoting the circular economy and encouraging youth empowerment.

Mentors from Swiss universities and companies are working hand in hand with the teams, facilitating exchanges and strategic connections for future collaborations. Best projects will be exposed at the Swiss Pavilion and team members will be invited to take part in additional activities, such as workshops and joint panels, leading to unique networking opportunities.

Finalists will be announced during summer and will be given opportunities to further develop their project, in partnership with our judges, mentors and local incubators. Let’s discover the 10 selected teams who are enabling youth empowerment and waste management with their solutions.


MultiGreen is a multi-system and multi-product project that aim to produce high-quality, valuable food through an integrated sustainable system. By circulating the nutrients-rich wastewater from an aquaponics into a hydroponic system, we can grow different plants and pass the excess water to a wetland where animal feed can be grown. To complete the cycle, we pass the water through filtered channels where it will be purified and returned to the aquaculture fish tank.

Besides using solar power to empower the system, we aim to establish a bioreactor that will process the excess waste food produced from animal feed to achieve a fully sustainable and circular system.

Our project creates many job opportunities targeting youth unemployed in the manufacturing, cultivating, and marketing sectors.


The main motivation of this project is the water scarcity and the widespread of aquaculture business in Palestine. Aquaculture need a huge amount of water replenishment every day that make the business less beneficial and with a diverse impact on the local environment. The project’s team are looking forward to enhance the project design and work with experts in the waste managements through this initiative. In addition, the team is looking for an opportunity to be linked with companies that can take the project to the next stage.


Switzerland is among the top countries in the world for the efficiency of its recycling program. More specifically, the country achieves up to 50% recycling rate, where the remaining waste is further exploited (incinerated) to produce energy.* In addition, Switzerland is one of the countries with the highest per capita waste production in the world. Therefore, working with initiative from one of the leading countries in this field is a great opportunity to learn and achieve the project goals.


  • Alaa shweiki – A biology and minor medical technology student at Al-Quds University.
  • Ayat Mtour – A biology and minor medical technology student at Al-Quds University.
  • Rafat Harashe – An Economy student at Al-Quds University.