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EMWIS Flash 148


EMWIS Flash January - February 2020
Euro-Mediterranean Information System on the know-how in the Water Sector

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Flash produced by the EMWIS Technical Unit- OIEAU, DG Agua,
Mediterranean Water Knowledge Platform
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In this issue N°148


1-  Upcoming 11th UfM Water Expert Group Meeting, 30-31 March, Athens

In Brief

2- 4th Mediterranean Water Forum, Malta from November 11 to 13

3-« EUROPE-INBO 2020 » 18th International Conference For The Implementation Of The European Water Directives

4- Crop production in Europe became less water intensive

5- FAO launches “Hydroponics and Aquaponics” water-saving systems in Jordan

6- Second Palestine International Water Forum 18- 21 July 2020, Ramallah  

7- UN World Water Development Report (WWDR 2020):  Water and Climate Change

8- Space contributions to water challenges, 8-10 June, Marseilles

9- EU invests more than €100 million in new LIFE Programme projects to promote a green and climate-neutral Europe

10- Sustain-coast 2nd Coordination Meeting & Stakeholders’ Workshop on groundwater governance, in Turkey

11- SUPROMED: Training and technical visit at Sidi Bouzid to improve agricultural practices  

12- VISCA: Production of decadal Climate projections for 3 different regions in Europe to adapt vineyards

13- EdiCitNet: City team meeting in Andernach "Planting concept of the living lab and integration of young children"

14- HYDROUSA: Position regarding the revision of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive

15- Circular City: Management meeting and workshop in Istanbul, Turkey 

16-  Libya: Officials warn of water crisis in Tobruk say water system is outdated

17- Albania: France to Spent EUR 60 Million on Water and Sanitation Works in Durres

18- Jordan: Cabinet approves draft law merging Water Authority of Jordan with Ministry of Water & Irrigation

19- Egypt: The EU Bank finances the upgrade and expansion of Alexandria West WWTP  

20- Tunisia: receives  84m US dollars for water projects

21- Tunisia: Reusing wastewater to irrigate green spaces

22- Morocco: Twinning with EU to improve environmental protection

23- Morocco: HM the King Presides over Signing Ceremony of Framework Agreement for Implementation of 2020-2027 National Program for Drinking and Irrigation Water Supply

24- Algeria: Improvement of the public drinking water service








1-  The 11th Water Expert Group (WEG) meeting will be held in Athens on 30 March,  constitutes an important step in the implementation of the UfM Water Agenda and its financial strategy with a dual modality, further development of the Biannual work Plans 2020-2021 and as it aims at discussing progress and outcomes of the thematic Task Forces 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 the second UFM water investment forum based on the achievement and success of the first UFM annual conference on water investment held at the margin of the Med Dialogue. Back to back with the WEG meeting, the first technical coordination meeting of the 4th Mediterranean Water Forum will be held on 31 March to prepare the Mediterranean contribution to the next World Water Forum (Dakar, 2021).  Further information on EMWIS website


IN BRIEF (Full news)


2- Initiated in Marrakech in 2011, then held in Murcia in 2014 and Cairo in 2018, the Mediterranean Water Forum is intended to be a regional event that brings together the main stakeholders in the Mediterranean water community. The 4th Mediterranean Water Forum will be held in Malta from November 11 to 13, the event is coordinated by IME "The Mediterranean Water Institute", the UfM secretariat and Malta Energy and Water Agency. SEMIDE is part of the event steering committee. The Forum aims to present the Mediterranean as a hub of innovative water management solutions which have been locally developed or adapted to address the prevailing challenges of the region. It will also outline how the Mediterranean region is developing an integrated implementation framework through the Union for the Mediterranean’s Water Agenda which ensures that different water management actions reinforce each other thereby providing a comprehensive solution. In so doing, the forum will present the value of the Mediterranean region in the development, adaptation and implementation of effective water management solutions, and the replication potential of these solutions to address emerging problems at a global scale. Further information on EMWIS website

3- The EURO-INBO 2020 will take during the same week, also in Malta, giving the opportunity the EU water communities to network with the Mediterranean Neighboorhood countries. Euro INBO 2020 is organised by the International Network of Basin Organisations and will be held on 8-13 November 2020. It will feature a workshop on "greening the Common Agriculture Policy: challenges and solutions" plus four sessions: 1. involving basin stakeholders in the assessment and design of future water directives, 2. Economic tools for river basin management: how to integrate biodiversity and environment in cost recovery; 3. sustainable water resources management; 4. international cooperation and transboundary management. Further information on the event will be available soon on INBO website.

4- According to the European environment agency the crop production in Europe became 12% less water intensive between 2005 and 2016. The total water input to crops under rainfed and irrigated conditions for each unit of gross value added generated from crop production, excluding subsidies, decreased from 5 m3 to 4.4 m3 over the period. Western Europe demonstrated the lowest water intensity of crop production over the period, with 3.5 m3 of total water input for each unit of gross value added generated. However, there was no significant change in the trend between 2005 and 2016. In eastern Europe, crop production became 31 % less water intensive between 2005 and 2016. The total water input to crops fell from 7.3 m3 to 5.0 m3 for each unit of gross value added generated over the period. Crop production also became 13 % and 11% less water intensive in northern Europe and southern Europe, respectively between 2005 and 2016. In northern Europe, total water input to crops fell from 11.2 m3 to 9.7 m3 over the period, while in southern Europe it fell from 4.2 m3 to 3.8 m3. Further information on EMWIS website 

5- The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the Ministry of Agriculture (MoA) launched on 10 February  a pioneering project to provide capacity building and technical support for the Integrated Agri-Aquaculture (IAA) farming systems in Jordan. In line with a technical cooperation agreement signed between the two parties in early January, FAO conducted an inception workshop to acquaint stakeholders and programme partners with the scope and outlines of the project entitled: “Introduction of Aquaponics and Hydroponics in Support of Effective Use of Water.” The workshop was under the patronage of his Excellency Eng. Ibrahim Shahahdeh , Minister of Agriculture and was attended by a group of stakeholders and government partners. Hydroponics is the cultivation of plants in water without soil, while Aquaponics combines it with fish production in the same water for the plants. Further information on EMWIS website

6- Under the theme “Water Security in Dynamic Environments…Together We Can”, the 2nd Palestine Water Forum, Ramallah 18-21 July 2020, will provide a unique multi-stakeholder platform where water experts, policy creators and decision makers from around the world can work together to find joint solutions for challenges affecting the ability of nations to achieve water security. It will be an opportunity to discuss the diverse facets of water security in dynamic environments and its relation to climate change, sustainable development and water technological progress. The main objective of the forum activities is to collect efforts toward achieving water security for life and development for future generations. The forum’s sessions will focus on developing water resources management and achieving sustainable development goals. The sessions will also address the non-conventional water resources on a wide spectrum to highlight the role of these resources in bridging the water demand gap in addition to showcasing advanced innovation and technologies effecting the environment, ecosystems and sustainable development. The forum will provide a vicinity to focus on youth and creativity through special activities. A special exhibition will be organized, in parallel with the Forum to allow for a unique occasion for all specialized companies and institutions to display their latest technologies, products, and services, in the field of water and sanitation as well as water and energy nexus. Moreover, several excursions to Palestinian historical and cultural sites as well as water projects will be organized. Please note that a call for paper is opened till the 10th of March. Further information on EMWIS website

7- The 2020 edition of the UN World Water Development Report (WWDR 2020) titled ‘Water and Climate Change’ will be launched during the celebrations of World Water Day in Geneva on 23 March 2020. The Report focuses on the challenges, opportunities and potential responses to climate change, in terms of adaptation, mitigation and improved resilience that can be addressed through improving water management. Combining climate change adaptation and mitigation, through water, is a win-win proposal, improving the provision of water supply and sanitation services and combating both the causes and impacts of climate change, including disaster risk reduction. Further information on EMWIS website

8- The French National Center for Space Studies (CNES) together with the French Hydrotechnic Society (SFH) are organising a 3-days symposium on Space contributions to water challenges, in Marseilles from 8-10 June. The aim is to explore integrated approaches bringing together space technologies, drones and in-situ measurements for the management of natural resources and environment. The event is organised around 4 topics: 1. water cycle and quantitative water resource management; 2. Coastal water and shoreline management; 3. Water quality and biodiversity preservation; 4. Advantages of multi-source information sharing. Further information on EMWIS website

9- The European Commission announced on 17 February an investment of €101.2 million for the latest projects under the LIFE programme for the Environment and Climate Action. The funding will support 10 large-scale environment and climate integrated projects in nine Member States, helping Europe's transition to a sustainable economy and climate neutrality. The large-scale projects will support the European Green Deal and the EU's ambition of becoming the world's first climate-neutral continent by 2050. They are related to nature conservation (Ireland, Cyprus, Estonia), water management (Ireland -surface water quality), climate change adaptation (France -Nature based adaptation, Latvia, Spain), waste (Greece -waste in circular economy), air quality (Slovakia, Czechia) and sustainable finance (France). Further information on EMWIS website

10-  Organised by Mersin university,  partner of Sustain-Coast project, the 2nd coordination meeting was held on 4th-6th February 2020 in Turkey. Sustain-Coast is a PRIMA project focusing groundwater governance. One day was dedicated to workshops with local stakeholders, including a dedicated meeting with the mayor of Erdimli Municipality,  and with potential actors from the Turkish demosite. During the 2nd  coordination meeting, the partners presented the current status of the project and the achieved milestones during the previous 9 months. They presented the preliminary results of the living lab organised in Tunisia, and defined the next steps for the development of the project, in particular data collection for modelling. See here the meeting video. Further information on Sustain-COAST website.

11- SUPROMED project organised a technical visit and training session in Tunisia on 25-27 February 2020. SUPROMED (Sustainable Production in water limited environments of Mediterranean agro-ecosystem) is a PRIMA project that aims to to enhance the economic and environmental sustainability of Mediterranean farming systems through a more efficient management of water, energy and fertilizers. The project coordinator (UCLM) was present with the Tunisian partners (INGC and INRGREF) during the 3 days meeting in Tunisia. During the first day a training session was organized for 20 people (Students, Researchers from INRGREF and Engineers from INGC) at “Cité des Sciences of Tunis” on irrigation software (MOPECO, PRESUS, DOPIR and IREY), moderated by Mr. Alfonso Dominguez, Mr. José María from UCLM and Mr. Radhouan Nciri from INGC. On the second day the Tunisian partners and the project coordinator visited SUPROMED plots in Sidi Bouzid (pistachio orchard, oat plots, onion plot and olive orchard). During the third day, the partners visited SUPROMED plot of durum wheat and meet with stakeholders in Sidi Bouzid (CRDA: Regional Commissariat for Agricultural Development and URAP: Regional Union of Agriculture and Fisheries). Further information on SUPROMED website.

12- Delivering climate information at decadal time scale for the 3 demonstration sites of the project: Spain (Costers del Segre), Italy (Campania region) and Portugal (Douro Valley) is part of VISCA activities under the tasks ‘Climatic & Agricultural Data’. Such information will be needed by the end-users for strategic planning and adaptation decisions, for example giving hints on the potential geographical shift of viticultural regions. In order to produce the decadal climatic prediction for the 20-30 years’ time-scale considered, a set of climate models data are analized to provide regional climate scenarios  over the areas of interest. The conclusions of these projections are illustrated in ‘Decadal projection performance report’ delivered by VISCA project coordinator METEOSIM.  Further information on VISCA website.

13- In the framework of EdiCitNet project -Edible Cities Network- a City Team was organised on 15 January 2020 in Andernach, Germany (one of the Front runner cities of the project). The City Team was focused on the planting concept for the living lab and the integration of young children (age 4-10 years). Participants include representatives of kindergartens and primary schools, the Perspektive gGmbH (farmer and organizer), representative of a NGO and the city team chair. The city team designed a planting concept regarding the annual Topic “biodiversity”. The concept is based on the following aims: Demonstration of biodiversity in plant varieties /Demonstration the positive effect of supporting plant partners/ Demonstration of biotope diversity/ Demonstrating the impact of plants on microclimate/ Demonstrating different food processing steps. The city team decided how to integrate kindergartens and primary schools into the planting season. Dates for different planting activities in spring and early summer were identified and special events were designed. The city team decided that special events should be also available for the public. Hence such events were split into two parts, one part designed for pedagogic institutions in the mornings and the other part designed for the public in the afternoon. The next city team meeting regarding planting activities will be on 24.06.2020 in order to plan the planting/harvest activities in late summer and autumn. Further information on EdiCitNet website

14- In view of the upcoming revision of the Urban Waste Water Treatment Directive (European Commission evaluation available here), the HYDROUSA consortium developed its position regarding the changes which need to be implemented within the Directive which are also most relevant to the project. Following extensive discussion within the consortium a policy brief was developed as the “HYDROUSA position” which was sent to the EC to support the consultation procedure of the Directive. It is focused on the Individual and Appropriate Systems (IAS) within the EU Member States and the urgent need for framing or specifically defining the application of IAS, implementing technical standards for eligible IAS technologies, setting minimum requirements for their design, structure and performance. Further information is found on HYDROUSA website.

15- Nature Based Solutions for Cities, the Cost Action Circular City (CA17133) community is holding its Management Committee and thematic workshops 4-6 March 2020 in Istanbul, Turkey. The aim of this COST Action is to build an interdisciplinary platform for connecting city planners, architects, system designers, circular economists, engineers and researchers from social and natural sciences that develop systems allowing cities to cope with the current challenges. State of the art papers have been recently published by the Action on the IWA Journal "Blue green systems". A Greenwalls cluster has been launched last Wednesday during the meeting opening. You can follow the Action on Social Media channels, i.e. Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, YouTube, all accessible from Circular City website

16- The director of the Seawater Desalination Plant in Tobruk in Libya, Mohamed Rizk has warned of a water crisis in the city because of the obsolescence of the current equipment. Rizk urged authorities to support the plant and prevent a water crisis in the city. "The Seawater Desalination Plant in Tobruk has been working for over 20 years and its equipment are outdated. Spare part should be made available for the system to operate efficiently," Rizk explained in a press statement. He warned if the plant is to stop it will entail a major water crisis, given that the station is the only water source in the city, according to Rizk. Further information on EMWIS website

17-  France has pledged a contribution of EUR 1 million in donations and at least EUR 60 million to rehabilitate the water and sanitation network in Durres, following the 26 November earthquake in Albania.  The French Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs Jean-Yves Le Drian participated at the Donors Conference  held on 17 February and met with Prime Minister Edi Rama. The two officials signed an agreement that will be implemented by the French Development Agency, Proparco and Expertise France in Albania. According to a press release from the French Ministry for Europe and Foreign Affairs, the agreement falls within the framework of the French strategy for the Western Balkans and signals France’s heightened commitment to Albania to support its economic and social development, as well as helping to forge closer ties with Europe.  Further information on EMWIS website

18- In its session on 16 February headed by Jordanian Prime Minister Omar Razzaz, the Cabinet approved a draft law amending the Law on Restructuring Governmental Institutions and Departments for the year 2020. The amendment aims to merge the Water Authority of Jordan and transfer its functions to the Ministry of Water and Irrigation, in implementation of what was stated in the second package of the government's economic programme related to administrative reform, with the aim of raising the level of performance and rationalising expenditures. The amendment also aims to reorganise the water sector and standardise decision-making at the Ministry of Water and Irrigation and the Jordan Valley Authority, as well as prevent overlap, reduce costs and institutionalise work, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported. According to the draft law, the Ministry of Water and Irrigation will exercise all the functions and powers of the Water Authority and its board of directors as stipulated in the Water Authority Law. Further information on EMWIS website

19- The European Investment Bank (EIB) has signed a financing agreement of EUR 120 million with the Arab Republic of Egypt to support the expansion and upgrade of the Alexandria West Waste Water Treatment Plant (WWTP). The financing will contribute to improving sanitation services for people in Alexandria. The project involves increasing the capacity of the Alexandria West WWTP to match needs up to the year 2050 and upgrade the level of treatment at the WWTP from primary to secondary to improve the quality of effluent from the plant and contribute to the depollution of Lake Maryout as well as the Mediterranean Sea thus contributing also to the objectives of the Clean Oceans Initiative. Further information on EMWIS website

20- Tunisian State has received 84m US dollars loan from the Kreditanstalt für Wiederaufbau (KfW), the German development agency, to finance several solar and water management projects in the country. Out of the total, 24m US dollars has been allocated to the National Sanitation Office (ONAS),  intended for the implementation of 2nd phase of the Industrial Areas Remediation Programme. The programme will see collection and treatment of wastewater discharged by plants to prevent it from discharging into wetlands and Mediterranean coasts. This will benefit industrial areas of Moknine, Ben Arous, Utica, Bizerte, Sfax, Enfidha, Oued El Bey, Monastir and Medjez El Bab. KfW accompanied its loan with a grant of 788,000 US dollars for technical assistance in the treatment and disposal of settling sludge from wastewater treatment. Part of the funds will enable ONAS to carry out awareness campaigns for farmers on the recycling of sludge in agriculture. This waste can be used to produce biogas, a highly purified gas that can be used for cooking or heating. The Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries received funds for the Bou Heurtma dam elevation project and for the modernisation of the Medjerda canal. It is located in the governorate of Jendouba, in the northwest of the country. 6m US dollars will be used  to protect the Sousse-El Kantaoui coastline from erosion and other effects of climate change. Further information on EMWIS website

21- Wastewater from the Tunisian capital will soon be reused. It is the main focus of the agreement that was recently signed between Tunisia’s National Sanitation Office (ONAS) and the Tunis Bay Project Company, the company created for the implementation of a major real estate project in Tunis. The project involves the construction of a new city  35 minutes from the centre of the Tunisian capital. The new city will include green spaces and a golf course, residential and commercial units, a business centre, a private hospital, a university and a technology centre. The agreement signed between Tunis Bay Project Company and ONAS provides for the use of treated wastewater for watering the green spaces and the golf course of Tunis Bay, which will have 18 holes. The wastewater treated for reuse by the city of Tunis Bay will come from wastewater treatment plants in the northern area of Greater Tunis. Among these facilities, the Charguia wastewater treatment plant will have a capacity of 60,000 m³ of water per day. The Tunisian government is also planning to rehabilitate the pumping station for the return sludge from the Charguia wastewater treatment plant. Further information on EMWIS website

22- Morocco is committed to work in partnership with the European Union in the context of environmental protection. A twinning agreement has therefore been signed between the two parties and aims, among other things, to bring Moroccan regulations on environmental protection into line with those of the EU. The project that was initiated and signed between the Moroccan government and the EU delegation is entitled “Support for the implementation of the National Charter for the Environment and Sustainable Development in Morocco (CNEDD)”. Twinning will thus enable Morocco to lay the foundations for better pursuit of the sustainable development objectives it has set itself. A number of reforms will be implemented, including the adoption of the CNEDD, in accordance with the international treaties that this North African country has signed and ratified. The twinning act was formalised during a working session that brought together the Minister for Energy, Mines and the Environment, Aziz Rebbah for the Moroccan side and the EU Ambassador to Morocco, Claudia Wiedey, as well as other international partners (including the Austrian Ambassador to Morocco, Klaus Kögeler, and the Head of Mission of the French Embassy in Morocco, Raphaël Martin de Lagarde). Further information on EMWIS website

23- HM King Mohammed VI, accompanied by HRH Crown Prince Moulay El Hassan, presided, on 13 January at the Royal Palace in Rabat, over the signing ceremony of the framework agreement for the implementation of the 2020-2027 National Program for drinking and irrigation water supply, worth around 115.4 billion MAD (about 11 billion Euro). This agreement specifies the conditions and methods of implementing and financing this program which aims at consolidating and diversifying the sources of drinking water supply, supporting demand for this invaluable source, guaranteeing water security and combating the effects of climate change. On this occasion, Minister of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water Abdelkader Amara gave a speech before HM the King in which he stressed that this integrated program, developed pursuant to the royal directives and in consideration of the water situation in the Kingdom and studies on this issue, touches on five main issues. According to the Minister, the program concerns improving water supply, notably by building dams (61 bln MAD), managing demand and developing water mainly in the agricultural sector (25,1 bln MAD), strengthening drinking water supply in rural areas (26.9 bln MAD), reusing treated wastewater in the irrigation of green areas (2.3 bln MAD), and boosting communication and awareness-raising concerning the importance of preserving water resources and rationalizing their use (50 million MAD). Further information on EMWIS website

24- The Algerian Minister of Water Resources, Arezki Berraki, affirmed, on January 27, 2020 during a management meeting of SEAAL (water utility of Algiers and Tipaza), that improving access to drinking water and sanitation is a key priority for the new government, stressing that the public authorities will ensure the satisfaction of citizens consumers and users. He declared that the delegation of public services for drinking water and sanitation in the metropolitan areas of Algiers, Tipasa, Constantine and Oran is producing good results. But some gaps still need to be filled such as over production, non revenue water, delays in leakages repair and slow improvement of network efficiency. Further information on EMWIS website



25- Appointment of the permanent technical secretary of Mediterranean Network of Basin Organisations -MENBO: In accordance with Article 25 of the Statutes of The Mediterranean Network of Basin Organizations (MENBO), signed by the members of the Network on 10 November 2003, stating that “The Associated Body of the Secretariat will appoint the natural person whom will represent the Association and participate in the meetings of both the Bureau and the General Assembly ”, Mr. Manuel Alcalde Sánchez President of the Jucar River Basin Authority nominated on 24 February 2020 in Valencia  Mr. MIGUEL POLO CEBELLÁN as Permanent Technical Secretary of MENBO. Mr. Polo is currently the Water Commissioner (Comisario de Aguas) of the the Júcar River Basin Authority, he joined the River basin authority in 2004. Further information on EMWIS website

26- Raymond Ghajar New Minister of energy and water of Lebanon. Named by the Free Patriotic Movement, Ghajar is an academic who had previously served as dean of the faculty of engineering at the Lebanese American University (LAU). A graduate from the University of Ottawa, he was also vice-president for human resources at LAU and former adviser to the Ministry of Energy, when held by the Free Patriotic Movement.Further information on EMWIS website

 27-  On 21 January 2020, the Spanish Council of Ministers appoints as Director General of Water the engineer Teodoro Estrela Monreal. He succeeds to Manuel Menéndez Prieto. Until now Dr. Teodoro Estrela Monreal was head of the Hydrological Planning Office of the Júcar Hydrographic Confederation (CHJ) and Permanent Technical Secretary of MENBO, the Mediterranean Network of Basin Organisations. Further information on EMWIS website

28-   Mr. Osama Kheriji was appointed on February 27, 2020 Minister of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries in the government of Elyes Fakhfakh in Tunisia. He is the president of the Order of Tunisian Engineers , a position he has held since 2015 before being re-elected in 2019. He is also Director General of the INGC (National Institute for Field Crops) since 2013 and before that he was Deputy Director at the Ministry of Agriculture between 2009 and 2013. Osama Kheriji is an  engineer  graduate from the National Agronomic Institute of Tunisia (INAT). Further information on EMWIS website

29- Appointment of  new Secretary of State to the Minister of Agriculture of Tunisia, responsible for water resources in 27 February 2020: Mrs. Akissa Bahri, an agricultural engineer by training, has worked in water research in the fields of water resources development and management, agricultural use of marginal waters and biosolids, and their impacts on the environment with a focus on water quality and water use efficiency. From 1987 to 2005, she was responsible at the National Research Institute for Agricultural Engineering, Water, and Forestry, Ministry of Agriculture and Water Resources in Tunisia, as Director for Africa at the International Water Management Institute (IWMI) from 2005-2010, as Coordinator of the African Water Facility (AWF) at the African Development Bank from 2010-2015. She joined the National Research Institute for Agricultural Engineering, Water, and Forestry (INRGREF) in July 2016 and the National Agricultural Institute of Tunisia (INAT) in February 2017, Tunis, Tunisia, as Professor. Further information on EMWIS website


30- IOWater published an interactive and educational book, to make known the mechanisms of protection of drinking water catchments. The book is available on IOWater website in English and French. Furthur information on EMWIS website

31- The International Office for Water (IOWater) offers, through the "Water and Economy" section on its website, a look at the importance of the economy in the management of water and its environment. A new newsletter on the economy applied to the management of water and aquatic environments and on biodiversity is available on IOWater website. The section  includes different pages on the following aspects: the presentation of major issues relating to the economy in the water sector; water pricing and sanitation; assessment of the environmental value of aquatic environments; saving and allocating resources for different uses; economics and decision-making related to water management; economic monitoring of public water and sanitation services; expenditure on water and aquatic environments.
Furthur information on EMWIS website

32- Water Accounting in the Litani River Basin: This report provides the water accounting study for Litani River basin in Lebanon carried out by IHE Delft using the Water Productivity (WaPOR) data portal of the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). Furthur information on EMWIS website


33- Launch of the calls PRIMA 2020: On the 11th February 2020, new call for proposals were lunched under Prima, the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area. The overall objective of the PRIMA programme is to build research and innovation capacities and to develop knowledge and common innovative solutions for agro-food systems, to make them sustainable, and for integrated water provision and management in the Mediterranean area, to make those systems and that provision and management more climate resilient, efficient, cost-effective and environmentally and socially sustainable, and to contribute to solving water scarcity, food security, nutrition, health, well-being and migration problems upstream. Furthur information on EMWIS website


34- Call for Abstracts: 11th International Agriculture Symposium AGROSYM 2020, Jahorina (East Sarajevo), 8-11 October 2020, Bosnia and Herzegovin  – Deadline: April 20th : The University of East Sarajevo, Faculty of Agriculture (Bosnia and Herzegovina), University of Belgrade, Faculty of Agriculture (Serbia) and CIHEAM-Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari (CIHEAM Bari, Italy), in collaboration with 35 Research and Academia Institutions organize the 11th International Agriculture Symposium “AGROSYM 2020”, that will be held Olympic Jahorina mountain (near Sarajevo) on 8-11 October 2020. Further information on EMWIS website

35- Call for papers: risk of runoff, diagnosis and solutions Ecole Normale Supérieure de Lyon (E N S) November 30 - December 2, 2020, Reception of abstracts: 1 March 2020 / Selection of abstracts: April 10, 2020. Further information on EMWIS website

36- Call for papers: 5th International Conference on Smart City Applications (SCA 2020). The Fifth International Conference on Smart City Applications is a multidisciplinary forum co-organized by the Faculty of Engineering, Computer Engineering Department Karabuk University (KBÜ) in partnership with Mediterranean Association of Sciences and Technologies (Medi-AST) . SCA will take place in Karabuk, Turkey from 07-09 October 2020, 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. The conference covers any topic with an intersection with smart cities, including education, healthcare, economy and digital business, building and home automation, environment and agriculture, and information technology and computer science. Paper Submission deadline March 15, 2020. Further information on EMWIS website


 37- Metropolitan workshops 2020: from projects to action. The Agency for Sustainable Mediterranean Cities and Territories (AViTeM), the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) and the French Development Agency (AFD) have been partnering for the organization of the "Metropolitan Workshops"; a series of three immersive and interactive training sessions targeting urban practitioners, urban planners, local government representatives, and other relevant stakeholders. In 2020, the workshops will take place in Bologna (March), Casablanca (June), Marseilles (November). Further information on EMWIS website


[2020/06/22 - 2020/06/26] The 5th ecoSTP conference“Ecotechnologies for Wastewater Treatment (ecoSTP)”Further information on EMWIS website

[2020/06/15 - 2020/06/18] 4th International Conference on Global Food Security Achieving local and global food security: at what costs? Further information on EMWIS website
[2020/06/15 - 2020/06/17] EURA 2020 Further information on EMWIS website
[2020/06/11 - 2020/06/12] IUCN World Conservation Congress Further information on EMWIS website
[2020/05/03 - 2020/05/08] European Geosciences Union (EGU) General Assembly, Austria, Vienna, 3-8 May, 2020 Further information on EMWIS website
[2020/03/29 - 2020/03/31] GLOBAL WATER SUMMIT 2020 Further information on EMWIS website


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