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In this issue N°143 (


1- Success of SWIM-H2020 support mechanism closing event for a sustainable Mediterranean

In Brief

2- 10th UfM WEG Meeting 13-14- June, Brussels

3- UNEP online tool pinpoints unsustainable consumption and production

4-  UfM Climate Week 2019: limited funding for adaptation

5- Hunger continues to rise in the Near East and North Africa where over 52 million people are undernourished

6- Gobal assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services: Summary for policymakers

7- UNISDR host Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction

8- "Europe INBO 2019" 17 June 2019 - 20 June 2019 - Lahti (Finland)

9-  Nudges for Economics of water tariffs

10- Sustain-coast:  Improving governance for Med coastal aquifers

11- VISCA: 2nd version of the tool is tested in 3 vineyards!

12- EdiCitNet: Urban masterplans and toolbox for Edible Cities

13- HYDROUSA: Official Launching event takes place in Athens, 29th March 2019

14- State of play on Nature Based Solutions for Circular-City

15- Med-Greenhouses: towards a Mediterranean greenhouses innovation cluster

16- T.R.I.G-Eau: solutions for urban flood risks with a transboundary approach

17- Jordan: Prince Hassan encourages joint work to address water problems

18- Egypt to implement projects worth $50B to face water scarcity 

19- Palestine, Providing safe drinking water in Gaza: the Desalination Facility Programme to reach additional funding

20- Malta: €130 million EU-funded project approved for 'higher quality' Maltese water

21- Libya chaos leaves city residents struggling for water

22- Spain: Almeria's agriculture consumes half as much water as the rest of Spain

23- Morocco: New hydraulic dams

24- Tunisia: Kick-off meeting for the launch of the national strategy "Water 2050"

25- France: François de Rugy and Emmanuelle Wargon will convene the Hydrological Monitoring Commission of the National Water Committee on May 14, 2019

26 - By 2030, Algeria expects to save the equivalent of more than 73M tonnes of oil, thanks to a series of energy efficiency measures









1- The SWIM-H2020 SM successfully held its final conference in Brussels on 8 April 2019, after 39-months of activities (2016-2019), with a budget of nearly 7 MEuros. Regional activities as well as national supports provided to Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Palestine and Tunisia, were presented. The project aimed to contribute to reduced marine pollution and sustainable use of scarce water resources in the Med region. Lessons learned were captured in a booklet. In this framework EMWIS Technical unit provided expertise for regional trainings (two on data management for decentralised water resources planning, one on waste water reuse) as well as for national technical assistance: in Morocco for drafting application decrees (desalinisation, drought management and public domain management), in Algeria on the process for defining protection zones for drinking water abstraction, in Tunisia on rural sanitation strategy for small communities (under 1500 inhabitants) and on groundwater governance (Grombalia aquifer). The progress of 3 SWIM demonstration projects were also presented and discussed, all around waste water treatment and reuse in Palestine. A new EU-funded Water & Environment Support (WES) mechanism has been initiated by the European Commission, the procurement process has now been completed. The contract has been awarded to a consortium led by LDK and will start early May 2019, without discontinuity with the current SWIM-H2020 SM finishing end- April 2019. The European Commission also announced a forth coming call for demonstration projects. Further information on EMWIS website


IN BRIEF (Full news)


2- The next meeting of UfM Water Expert Group (WEG) will take place on 12-13 June, in Brussels. It constitutes an important step in the development of the UfM Water Agenda as it aims at discussing progress and outcomes of the thematic Task Forces (Climate Change, water access and sanitation, WEFE nexus, employment and migration) and of the Financial Strategy process as well as their next steps towards meeting objectives defined in the UfM Ministerial Declaration on Water (Malta, April 2017) as well as to identify additional input  for its implementation following the approval of the UfM Water Agenda by UfM  Senior Official in December 2018. A workshop for the technical preparation of Climate Resilient water projects for the Green Climate Fund (GCF), is  also scheduled for 11-12 June 2019, organized back-to-back with the 10th WEG Meeting.  The Workshop objectives respond to country needs and expressed demand for support to strengthen capacity of GCF National Designated Authorities (NDAs), current and potential GCF Direct Accredited Entities (DAEs), and Water Ministries/Agencies to programme and prepare high quality climate resilient water projects that meet GCF requirements.  Further information on EMWIS website 

3- UN Environment launched in March 2019 a new tool that allows countries to see “hotspots” of unsustainable practices in consumption and production. The tool, known as the Sustainable Consumption and Production Hotspots Analysis Tool, is an online application that analyses the environmental and socio-economic performance of 171 countries over the past 25 years to provide scientific evidence of areas where improvement can be made. The tool builds on a powerful national footprint calculator that combines environmental and socio-economic data with trade information. It allows the tracing of environmental pressures and impacts along the supply chain of the goods and services consumed within a given country, an essential dimension of our globalized economy. “For a long time, we have known that we need to change the way we produce and consume goods and services to make better use of the planet’s natural resources. Now we have a tool that pinpoints where we need to be taking action if we want to make truly impactful change,” said Ligia Noronha, Director of UN Environment’s Economy Division. “It is appropriate to launch this new tool against the backdrop of the Fourth UN Environment Assembly, where we are focusing on innovative solutions for environmental challenges and sustainable consumption and production. “In that spirit, we hope that this innovative hotspots analysis tool helps put us on a more equitable and sustainable path.” The tool integrates a wide range of data on raw material use, greenhouse gas emissions and climate change, air pollution and health, land use and biodiversity loss. It provides data at national level as well as for 26 standard sectors.  Further information on EMWIS website 


4- The UfM Climate Week took place in Barcelona on 9-11 April 2019. This event was the  occasion to gather a wide range of actors (UfM members’ representatives, civil society, IFIs, scientific experts…) around different topics, all related to climate action in the Mediterranean region. By organising this event, the Secretariat of the Union for the Mediterranean provides a discussion and networking framework aiming to create and enhance synergies among the different climate‑related actors, and to enrich their exchanges. The UfM Secretariat together with the co-chairs, Jordan and European Commission DG Clima, presented the results of regional studies and projects providing a state of play and improved understanding thanks to workshops on the impact of climate change on agriculture (9 April) and on climate finance (10 April). The exchanges highlighted the wide range of existing Climate funds (including from private sources), the public instruments already mobilised in the Mediterranean, the lack funding for adaptation projects. Further information on EMWIS website 

5-  According to the FAO, Hunger in the Near East and North Africa region (NENA) continues to rise as conflicts and protracted crises have spread and worsened since 2011, threatening the region’s efforts to achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including Zero Hunger. The Regional Overview of Food Security and Nutrition in the Near East and North Africa, published on 8 May by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), indicates that 52 million people in the region are suffering from chronic undernourishment. Conflict continues to be the main driver of hunger across the region. More than two-thirds of hungry people in NENA, approximately 34 million people, live in conflict-affected countries, compared to 18 million hungry people in countries that are not impacted directly by conflict. Further information on EMWIS website

6-  Global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services: Summary for policymakers Following the 7th Plenary meeting of the Intergovernmental Science-Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services held in Paris 29 April – 4 May, a summary for policymakers of the global assessment report on biodiversity and ecosystem services has been released. The report draws on almost 15,000 references and 150 experts in the natural and social sciences from over 50 countries to evaluate how far the world has come - and how much there's left to go - in achieving key international goals ranging from the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and Aichi Biodiversity Targets, to the Paris Climate Agreement. Further information on EMWIS website

7- The sixth session of the Global Platform for Disaster Risk Reduction (GP2019) is taking place in Geneva, Switzerland from 13 to 17 May, 2019, convened and organized by the UN Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and hosted by the Government of Switzerland. Over the past decade, the Global Platform has assumed the role of assessing and reviewing the progress in the implementation of the global disaster risk reduction agenda, and to serve as a platform for governments and stakeholders to share good practices, identify gaps and to make recommendations to further accelerate the implementation. The Global Platform will represent the next important opportunity for the international opportunity for the international community to boost the implementation of the Sendai Framework related goals of the 2030 Agenda, as well as commitments of the Paris Climate Agreement. It is also the last global gathering for all stakeholders before the deadline for achieving Target E of the Sendai Framework: to substantially increase the number of countries with national and local disaster risk reduction strategies by 2020. Further information on EMWIS website

8- Finnish authorities invite Europe-INBO this year to hold the 17th “EUROPE-INBO” International Conference, co-organized with the “Group of European Basin Authorities for the Implementation of the European Water Directives”, from Monday 17th of June to Thursday 20th of June 2019, at the Sibelius Hall, Lahti, FINLAND. Organizations, administrations and other stakeholders interested in Basin Management are invited to participate in the event and share their experiences on basin management. A Workshop on "Integration of Nature-Based Solutions (NBS) into WFD Programs of Measures (PoMs) for basin restoration with a focus on lakes : Governance, Implementation, assessment" will be held on 17th June. Several roundtabes on " Water quality", " Agriculture and climate change"  "Towards a practical review of the WFD application" and " Integrated management of basins and coastal waters : strengthening consistency" will take place on 18- 19 June.  The 11th INBO World General Assembly will be held from 30 September 2019 to 03 October 2019 in  Marrakesh (MOROCCO). Further information on EMWIS website

9- Nudges for Economics of water tariffs (NEWTS) is a new Water JPI project that aims to analyse the effects of policy mix, combining nudges (soft incentives) and tariff instruments, on socio-economic performance of Demand Side Management (DSM) programs. The project is organised around 4 field study urban areas: the city of Cape Town (South Africa) where nudges have been already used with some effectiveness, Gijon (North West of Spain), Saint-Paul (France, la Réunion island)  and Sfax (Tunisia). This 3-years research project will result in new knowledge and a set of tools (DSS, dashboards, guidelines) for decision makers (water utilities and planning authorities). It brings together research institutes from France, Spain, South Africa and Tunisia. Its kick-off meeting will take place in Grenoble (France), 21-23 May 2019. Further information on EMWIS website

10-  The development of large and mega-cities in the Mediterranean coastal region increases the anthropogenic pressures on water resources quality and quantity. This situation is being further worsened by the vulnerability of the region to the climate change effects. A multidisciplinary team of seven partners from six countries (TUC (Greece), UFZ (Germany), UNISTRA and SEMIDE (France), CERTE (Tunisia), UNISS (Italy) and MEU (Turkey)) has developed  and submitted a Sustain-COAST proposal under PRIMA Call 2018 section II. The project was accepted in December 2018 and the kick off meeting will be held on 11-13 June 2019 in Crete Greece. Sustain-COAST will explore new governance approaches to effectively support the coastal aquifer conservation against anthropogenic and climatic pressures, through the promotion of innovative water management concepts based on the 4R principles: Reduce; Recycle; Reuse and Recover. The main outcomes of Sustain-COAST will concern the development of a calibrated multi-criteria decision supporting system (DSS) and a web Geographical Information System platform accessible for water stakeholders and policy makers. Further information here

11- The 2nd version of VISCA tool has been recently released and it is tested and validated in real-life environment in the 3 demonstration sites involved in the project: Spain (Codorniu), Italy (Mastroberardino) and Portugal (Symington). This VISCA web responsive application is available to the end-users of VISCA consortium and it gives them access to short, medium-term and seasonal weather forecasting including warnings on predicted extreme events, forecasts on phenological events (e.g.  Fruit set, veraison) and optimum harvesting dates according to the techniques applied (Crop Forcing or Shoot Trimming). Read more news about VISCA in its Newsletter #1 available on VISCA website.

12- Urban masterplans and toolbox for Edible Cities EdiCitNet is an EU funded Research and Innovation project under the priority “demonstrating innovative nature-based solutions to urban challenges”. EdiCitNet aims at Integrating Edible City Solutions for socially resilient & sustainably productive cities. It is based on an approach of Front Runner Cities (FRC) and Follower City (FC) to facilitate the rapid exploitation, replication and up-scaling of the solutions. Since the project launched in September 2018, FRC have developed been defining and implementing their living labs. While FC have started their activities this month with the kick-off of the “Transition Pathway-Planning for edible city solutions in FC” held from 7 May to 10 May in Andernach, Germany. In this process, the partners will develop tailormade Masterplans by integrating the knowledge from the Front-Runner Cities. Participants also worked on the co-development of EdiCitNet toolbox featuring a decision support system, a catalogue of solutions and a serious game. Further information on EMWIS website

13- Organized by the Impact Hub Athens, the official launching of HYDROUSA project took place in Athens, Greece on 29th March 2019. During the event, the participants explored the potentials of the circular economy practices and the relevant innovative applications of nature-based technologies. HYDROUSA was introduced by an “Innovation Cruise” representing all the innovative applications of the project which aim to revolutionize the water supply chain in the Mediterranean region. The event was attended by more than 120 participants including representatives from the private, academic and public sector as well as HYDROUSA partners: National Technical University of Athens, Impact Hub Athens, alchemia-nova, Tinos Ecolodge, PLANET, NTELAROS, AGENSO. Further information and other news are found on HYDROUSA website


14- Nature Based Solutions for Circular Cities The Cost Action Circular City community is preparing a review paper on the state of art related transforming tools for implementing Natural Bases Solution (NBS) in Circular Cities, one of the 5 topics of the Cost Action CA17133. Partners met in Ljubljana on the 28 and 29 of March 2019 to work on this review paper and plan activities for the coming years. They updated the definition of NBS in this context: “concepts that bring nature into cities and those that are derived from nature. NBS address societal challenges and enable resource recovery, climate mitigation and adaptation challenges, human well-being, ecosystem restoration and/or improved biodiversity status, within the urban ecosystems.”, as well as different study levels micro (household level), meso (district level) and macro (city level or above). Two summer schools are planed: " Water Engineering and Global Diplomacy for Sustainable Cities", 18-28 June 2019, Piran, Slovenia and Landscape management for improved integration of nature-based solutions" in 30 September - 4 October 2019, Paola, Malta. Further information on EMWIS website

15- Capitalising innovation on Mediterranean greenhouses is the core topic the Interreg Med project, Medgreenhouses that hold its 3rd Steering Committee Meeting on the 6th and 7th of May 2019 at the premises of SEMIDE-EMWIS  in Sophia Antipolis, France. The partners from Albania, Cyprus, Greece, Italy and Spain had a technical visit to the organic exploitation and distribution "Naturadis" located in Grasse. The progress made for each region were reviewed as well as planning for the coming months with a number of webminars, training and consultation workshops planed. Some webminars will also be opened to South Med countries and a Mediterranean greenhouses innovation cluster will be launched by the end of the year. Further information on Medgreenhouses website

16- T.R.I.G-Eau is an Interreg Marrittimo project (2017-2020) bringing together 9 partners from PACA (Fr), Liguria, Tuscany and Sardinia regions to improve territorial resilience against flood risk. It focuses flood risk reduction considering growing urban areas, burial of rivers, soil imperviousness and difficulties in controlling run-off in river catchments. Co-conception of solutions have been developed in the different territories and a transboundary training workshop is under preparation. Further information on EMWIS website

17- Prince Hassan on Sunday 13 April  underlined the importance of connecting researchers and policymakers to address challenges in the fields of energy, water, development, agriculture and environment in dry areas. Prince Hassan, chairman of Higher Council for Science and Technology (HCST), made the remarks during the opening session of a workshop at the Hashemite University of Jordan (HU), organised by the Prince Hassan Bin Talal Faculty for Arid Lands. Entitled “Sustainable Development of Arid Lands”, the workshop received experts from Europe and across the Arab world, as well as Arizona University in the United States, to discuss the water problems facing Jordan and the wider region. Prince Hassan highlighted the vitality of collaborative work across regions and nations to address water problems, a statement sent by the prince’s office said. Further information on EMWIS website


18- Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Abdel Aati announced that the National Water Plan in Egypt (2017-2037) includes strategic projects of an investment cost of not less than $50 billion.  The projects come within the framework of Egypt's efforts to overcome problems related to water shortage and are carried out in coordination with nine ministries, according to Abdel Aati.  This came at the opening session of the seventh Beirut Water Week, which opened on Monday, April 8 under the rubric "Mediterranean Contributions to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development". The three-day event was held under the auspices of Lebanese Energy Minister Nada Boustani.  Further information on EMWIS website 

19- The available water in Gaza is among the lowest in the world and 97% is unfit for human consumption. To meet this urgent need, and on the occasion of the annual spring meeting of the international donor coordination group in support of the Palestinian economy, an information session on the state of play of the Gaza Desalination Facility Programme, was held in the European Commission (EC) headquarters, where partners to the project took stock of the progress achieved since the international Donor Conference held on 20 March 2018. This information session on the state of play of the Plant, a project labelled by the UfM, gathered  all core partners of the project, including the UfM, the European Investment Bank (EIB), the World Bank (WB) and the Office of the Quartet (OQ), and was co-chaired by the Government of Palestine (GoP)/ (PWA), the EC, the Islamic Development Bank (IDB), as well as donors from the international community. The event enabled the Palestinian government to present the progress on the project. In particular, a detailed timeline for completion was presented, identifying June 2023 as a target date for the plant to be up and running. Further information on EMWIS website

20- The Maltese Water Service Corporation's (WSC) announced a new EU-funded water project on Thursday 18 April 2019 at the Hondoq ir-Rummien plant next to the Reverse Osmosis plant in Gozo. The project is a multi-faceted €130 million upgrading exercise that will improve the water quality all over the Maltese islands. The project is co-financed at a rate of 85% by the European Union and at a rate of 15% from national funds. The Hondoq Plant will house a new reverse osmosis plant currently being installed in the existing building, "avoiding any environmental impact," the WSC said in a statement. "This new plant will provide excellent water quality for Gozo but will also be able to bolster the supply to Malta via the existing submarine pipe whenever needed," the statement read. WSC said that the project comprises of various new initiatives and upgrades such as a new Pembroke-to-Ta'-Qali tunnel, upgrades to existing reverse osmosis plants, sewer networks, and reservoirs. Further information on EMWIS website

21-  Hundreds of blue pipes lay abandoned in Zintan, Libya, leaving residents struggling to get enough water after the 2011 revolution halted their spot on the world’s largest irrigation project. Zintan was to be included in Libya’s Great Man-Made River Project, a vast scheme to tap water from underground aquifers deep in the Sahara Desert, purify it and transport it north. The city’s portion of the project was abandoned after the 2011 ousting of  Muammar Qaddafi, leaving locals to rely on the old delivery system for water. The reservoir feeds wells at the foot of the Nafusa Mountains, where water is collected by truckers who take a steep road to supply less than 50% of Zintan’s 60,000 residents. Abdallah al-Rammah, director of city hall’s water department, said there is a “large deficit” in water and the distribution network dates to the 1970s. Similar systems are used by other cities around the mountains, such as Rojbane, Nalut and Yafran. Zintan also lacks a public sewage system, meaning used household water feeds into septic tanks that have polluted the groundwater, which is pumped and used by residents. That has resulted in regular hepatitis C diagnoses, especially among children, a doctor in Zintan said on condition of anonymity. Further information on EMWIS website

22- Almeria is not only characterized by its semi-arid climate, but also by the efficiency in the use of a scarce and precious commodity such as water. In the latest edition of the World Water Day, some data was given about the exemplary use of this resource by Almeria's greenhouse agriculture. The water footprint is the total volume of water used to produce the goods and services consumed by an individual, group of people, a province, or a country, and the province of Almeria is at the lead when it comes to saving and the efficient use of water, since it consumes half the water than the average of Spanish agriculture, with a water footprint up to 20 times lower. Further information on EMWIS website

23- The cabinet of the King of Morocco announced Friday, April 19, the construction of three dams in the north-east of the country, between Oujda and Tangier. This region suffers from a lack of water to meet the growing demand, due to the development of tourism and industry. The largest dam, planned in Bni Mansour, should have a capacity of more than one billion cubic meters. Ten dams already exist around Tangier, with a capacity of more than 1.2 billion cubic meters. In March 2019, their average filling rate exceeded 75%. A rate that will drop dangerously during the summer. Morocco relies heavily on its dams. The total capacity of the retentions is 18.6 billion m³ in 2019, compared to 17.5 billion m³ in 2017. Further information on EMWIS website

24- The kick-off meeting of the elaboration of the Tunisian national strategy for the management of the water sector by 2050, named "Water 2050", was held on Friday, May 3 rd, 2019 in Tunis, with the participation of the Minister of Agriculture, Resources Hydraulic and Fishing, Samir Taieb. Developed as part of a participatory approach, this strategy is part of the "Water 2050" project and aims to ensure the availability and access to water resources in a sustainable, inclusive and fair way, says Mohamed Ben Sakka, water resources expert at the German Cooperation Agency (GIZ). Funded by GIZ, the African Development Bank (ADB) and the German Credit Institute for Reconstruction (KFW), this project aims to strengthen water security in the long term in the face of the current water scarcity in Tunisia, he added. Further information on EMWIS website


25- According to the seasonal forecasts of Météo-France, the temperatures from May to July in  France will probably be higher than normal. The Government is determined to prepare France from now-on to cope with a probable drought. To this end, the Minister and the Secretary of State wish to raise awareness among all water users (agricultural and industrial sectors, communities and the general public) of the current situation and encourage them to reduce pressures on the water resource, especially in the context of climate change, where the frequency and intensity of droughts will increase in the coming decades.  At the regional level, the authorities will soon meet in the areas concerned province "drought" committees to discuss this situation with stakeholders. Further information on EMWIS website

26- In a speech at a conference on “Energy savings in a context of energy transition – Challenges and opportunities” organized by the Algerian energy agency APRUE in Algiers on 12th March, 2019,  Algerian energy minister Mustapha Guitouni set out his government’s energy saving plan.  The priority target of the plan is local authorities, which consume 80% of the energy produced in Algeria (public lighting, administrative buildings, schools, social housing, mosques…). It also covers the transport, industrial, health and housing sectors.  Algeria wants to replace the diesel predominantly used by public transport and the transport of goods and persons with LPG (liquefied petroleum gas) and CNG (compressed natural gas), with 120,000 vehicles expected to be converted every year, more than one million by 2030. With regard to buildings, the emphasis will be placed on thermal insulation, with local production of suitable insulation materials to fulfil the country’s needs. The government is also looking at the issue of public lighting, asking local authorities to replace 1.1 million mercury vapour bulbs with LEDs. Contracts have already been signed with 33 local authorities. Further information on EMWIS website


27-  MARSoluT (Managed Aquifer Recharge Solutions Training Network), a Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) Innovative Training Network (ITN) funded by the European Commission, is offering 12 PhD positions around Europe and Israel for brilliant and excellent candidates. The applying researcher must not have resided or carried out his/her main activity (work, studies, etc.) in the country of his/her host organisation for more than 12 months in the 3 years immediately prior to his/her recruitment. Deadline for applying May 31st 2019. Further information on EMWIS website

28- PRIMA foundation:  Vacancy note for Communication Officer.  The Communication Officer selected will contribute to strengthen PRIMA dissemination efforts with a view to increase the understanding and awareness of the PRIMA programme and its knowledge, activities and results.The deadline to submit the applications will be the 10th of June 2019. Further information on EMWIS website

29- The Algerian National Training Institute of the equipment sector, lost its Director General Mr Ali Dahmani mid April. Mr. Dahmani had a unique vision of vocational training that allowed the development of INPE as a reference center for the water sector in Algeria. Mr. Karim Dameche is acting Director General of the institute located in the Wilaya of Médéa. Further information on EMWIS website

30- The Awards ceremony of 2nd edition of the “Mediterranean Climate Change Adaptation Awards” will take place in Lisbon during the 4th European Climate Change Adaptation conference, 28-31 May. It is organised by the French Environment and Energy Management Agency (ADEME), with the support of its Mediterranean partners: the Union for the Mediterranean (UpM), SEMIDE/EMWIS, Plan Bleu and the Agency for sustainable Mediterranean cities and territories (AViTeM). The competition rewards exemplary and concrete actions to adapt to climate change in the Mediterranean. Further information on EMWIS website



31- The Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) now launch a second edition of the handbook, that focuses on low-cost and low-tech on-farm wastewater treatment and safe irrigation practices that farmers can adopt to grow safer products. When using the pronoun ‘you’, the handbook addresses extension officers, trainers of farmers, and farmers interested to apply and share new knowledge. Further information on EMWIS website

32-  A guide to equitable water safety planning: ensuring no one is left behind. The document describes how, with relatively modest efforts, the water safety plan (WSP) approach can bring tangible improvements in water quality and availability for all users. By providing step-by-step guidance for all WSP stakeholders, as well as good practice examples from a broad range of countries and contexts, this document serves as a practical tool to help achieve safe water for all. Further information on EMWIS website




33-ENI CBC MED CALL FOR STRATEGIC PROJECTS: Project proposals shall be submitted within the 3rd of July 2019 (1 pm - CET) only through the online application form. The call for proposals, which budget is €68.5 million, addresses the 7 following priorities: startups, economic clusters, technological transfer, employability, water, waste, energy efficiency. Further information on EMWIS website

34- SWIM III: The global objective of this call for proposals is the promotion of efficient use of water in urban and rural areas, in order to adapting and enhancing resilience to the water-related impact of climate change. Deadline for concept note submission: 4 June. Further information on EMWIS website

35- Interreg Marittimo-IT FR-Maritime: 4th Call for presentation of Thematic Integrated Strategic and Simple Projects  for Priority Axis 1 and 3. Deadline  for project submission:  11 June 2019 Further information on EMWIS website


36- Call for Papers: Towards Circular Cities – Nature based solutions for creating a resourceful circular city. COST Action Circular City partners  are looking for papers to be submitted from the following areas: Built Environment/ Sustainable Urban Water Utilisation/ Resource Recovery/ Urban Farming/ Transformation Tools. The selected articles will published in the Journal Blue-Green Systems by IWA Publishing. Deadline for paper submission: 1 June 2019. Further information on EMWIS website

37- Call for communication of experiences : research of innovative and Nature Based Solutions (NBS) projects. The International Office of Water (IOWater) is looking for international and innovative projects dedicated to water management and its associated risks. These actions should contribute to human wellbeing while preserving environment and ecosystems. They might answer an identified challenge among one or several categories set out below:
- Climate change adaptation (flooding, drought,...);
- Water availability and sanitation
- Watershed management
- Fighting against contamination / Quality water preservation
- Protection of aquatic biodiversity
Selected projects will be enhanced in the form of experience feedback sheets and be disseminated through the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO) website. Further information on EMWIS website 

38- X International Agriculture Symposium  "AGROSYM 2019" Jahorina, 3-6 October 2019, Bosnia and Herzegovin.  Deadline for abstracts submission has been extended to 10 June, 2019. Further information on EMWIS website 

39- The Fourth International Conference on Smart City Applications (SCA 2019) is a multidisciplinary forum co-organized by the Hassania School of Public Works EHTP-Casablanca in partnership with Mediterranean Association of Sciences and Technologies (Medi-AST) .
SCA will take place in Casablanca, Morocco from 02-04 October 2019, and aims to bring together research scientists and industrial engineers to discuss and exchange both experimental and theoretical results, novel designs, case studies, and trend-setting ideas in the area of smart cities. Submission Extended Deadline :June 16, 2019. Further information on EMWIS website

40- Call for papers: Assessing the Water Framework Directive. Papers that unpack policy processes and present longitudinal studies of policy changes are welcome, whether in a specific country or comparatively, across countries. Hindsight papers analysing the formation phase of the WFD (ideologies, interest groups, coalitions, procedures, differences between countries, etc) are also encouraged. Deadline for abstracts: 30 June. Further information on EMWIS website   


[2019/06/03 - 2019/06/07] 3rd European Summer School on Environmental Applications of Advanced Oxidation Processes. The “International PhD School on Advanced Oxidation Processes (AOPs)” (IPS-AOP) organizes the 3rd European Summer School on “Environmental Applications of AOPs” which will be held in Alcoy (Spain) from 3rd to 7th June 2019.  The Summer School is among the initiatives organized for IPS-AOP affiliated PhD students, but other PhD students, MSc students, post-doctoral researchers and professionals are also welcome. The lectures will be delivered by internationally recognized experts on AOPs and complementary topics. In the “flyer summer school” document you will find all the relevant information on the Summer School, including a detailed program. Further information on EMWIS website

[2019/06/03 - 2019/06/15] Water Governance: Frameworks and Negotiations. The Geneva Water Hub Summer School in Water Governance - Frameworks and Negotiations - usualy takes place at the Institute for Environmental Sciences of the University of Geneva and delivers skills and analytical tools based on scientific research that are applicable in professional contexts. It's the occasion to reflect on - amongst other - water governance stakes and uncertainties in a multidisciplinary perspective and analyse hydro-diplomacy and actors’ strategies. Further information on EMWIS website

[2019/06/18 - 2019/06/28] "When the stakes are high: Water Engineering and Global Diplomacy for Sustainable Cities. Decentralized Sanitation, Recycling and Zero-waste concepts" Summer School will take place on 18-28 June 2019 in Piran, Slovenia.  Further information on EMWIS website


[2019/07/01 - 2019/07/05] 10th IALE world congress July 1-5, 2019 Milano, Italy

Further information on EMWIS website

[2019/06/26 - 2019/06/29] 7th international conference on sustainable solid waste management

Further information on EMWIS website

[2019/06/25 - 2019/06/29] 7th International Conference "AGRICULTURE & FOOD" 25-29 June 2019 Burgas, Bulgaria

Further information on EMWIS website

[2019/06/24 - 2019/06/25] 2nd International Conference ADAPTtoCLIMATE 24-25 June 2019 Heraklion, Crete island, Greece

Further information on EMWIS website

[2019/06/21 - 2019/06/23] First Forum of the inhabitants of the Mediterranean towards the creation of the Mediterranean network of inhabitants

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[2019/06/20 - 2019/06/20] Kick off meeting: prima funded projects under the 2018 calls

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[2019/06/17 - 2019/06/19] ARIMNet2 ends, but our heritage serves the future- Montpellier, France

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[2019/06/17 - 2019/06/21] WETPOL2019 and SWS Europe Chapter Meeting

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[2019/06/17 - 2019/06/20] 17th "Europe-INBO 2019" International Conference for the Implementation of the European Water Directives

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[2019/06/13 - 2019/06/14] 10th UfM WEG Meeting, Belgium


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[2019/06/12 - 2019/06/14] The third Iberian Conference on River Restoration, ‘RESTAURARIOS 2019’

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[2019/06/10 - 2019/06/12] Technical Project Preparation Workshop for Transformational Climate Resilience GCF Water Project Concepts in the Mediterranean


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[2019/06/05 - 2019/06/06] 1st Summit of the Organic Fertiliser Industry in Europe (SOFIE)

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[2019/06/03 - 2019/06/06] 4th International Interdisciplinary Conference on LAND USE AND WATER QUALITY: Agriculture and the Environment (LuWQ2019)

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[2019/05/28 - 2019/05/31] 4th European Climate Change Adaptation conference, 28-31 May, Lisbon, Portugal

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[2019/05/22 - 2019/05/23] ENIS Regional Water workshop May 22, 2019 to May 23, 2019, Copenhagen, Denmark


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[2019/05/20 - 2019/05/24] ISMAR (International Symposium on Managed Aquifer Recharge)


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