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In this issue N°150 (


1- Water and Environment Support for the Mediterranean preparing a regional event on water accounting

In Brief

2- How sustainable is the use of Water in EU Agriculture, ask auditors

3- UfM Water Agenda: looking for responses to the COVID-19 crisis and challenges in the Mediterranean region

4- EU water law will NOT be changed, confirms European Commission

5- Analysing the impacts of COVID-19 on the provision of drinking water and sanitation

6- Water and climate coalition takes shape

7-  COVID-19 pandemic shows the importance of integrated approach to water management and ‎transboundary water cooperation ‎

8- Achieving more water efficiency in the Mediterranean by joining forces

9- Reinforcing Europe's resilience: halting biodiversity loss and building a healthy and sustainable food system

10- Maghreb: The blue economy, a new growth driver

11- MedYWat: Innovative Solutions Resulting from Water and Climate Change Entrepreneurship E-Hackathon

12- CyanoAlert H2020 Project is offering a web based service with water quality information

13- VISCA: Announcing the Preliminary Results of Climate services for vineyards (VISCA Booklet)

14- HYDROUSA: Tackling water-stress through 6 Demonstration Sites in Lesvos, Mykonos and Tinos

15- SUPROMED 1st technical meeting fruitfully concluded

16- Sustain-COAST: 1st Living Lab in Malia, Greece

17- Circular City: UNDP Ukraine Community Safari©: A Quest to Find Nature-based Solutions for Local Communities

18- EdiCitNet: Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership towards edible cities

19- France: Covid-19, the Seine-Normandie water agency adopts aid for the water and sanitation sectors

20- Malta: €500,000 allocated to water and energy research projects

21- Egypt implements 489 projects in drinking water, wastewater sector by LE58.5B

22- Jordan- Multi-million national green growth plan launched

23- Morocco: Two new drinking water supply projects underway

24- Tunisia: "The Water in the World We Want Initiative" An Overview of the SDG 6 Decision Support System

25- Tunisia: GDA, Everyone draws water to his own mill

26- 100 water and climate projects for Africa 









1-The EU funded “Water and Environment Support (WES) in the ENI Southern Neighbourhood Region” is a regional project that aims at protecting the environment and improving the management of scarce water resources in the Mediterranean region. This new project capitalizes on previous successful EU funded programmes like SWIM-Horizon 2020. The WES Partner Countries, where most activities will be implemented, are Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Libya, Palestine and Tunisia. Regional activities of the project are also open for Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Mauritania, Montenegro and Turkey. The first WES regional training on Water Accounting was originally scheduled to take place in June 2020 in Athens, Greece. Due to the current Covid-19 crisis, it was decided to organise an online training with twice weekly sessions in September and October. The purpose is to introduce water accounting as a tool to achieve integrated water governance and a sustainable water balance and to reflect the important role of accounting in planning, in assessing water resources and uses and in providing a framework for the development of indicators that could feed into the water related SDG 6 target (Clean water and sanitation). The activity is in line with the Water Financing Strategy of the UfM and is closely connected with the UfM Mediterranean Water Knowledge Platform. It will refer to the UN System of Environmental Economic Accounting for water (SEEA-water) and will ensure complementarity with the ENI SEIS II South Support Mechanism (Shared Environmental Information System (SEIS) principles and practices in the ENP South region) which aims at improving the availability and access to relevant environmental information to the benefit of effective and knowledge-based policy making. Further information on EMWIS website


IN BRIEF (Full news)


2- With farmers being major consumers of freshwater, the European Court of Auditors is assessing the impact of the EU’s agricultural policy on sustainable water use. The audit, which has just started, will be useful as the EU moves forward with its reform of the common agricultural policy. The auditors will assess whether EU policies promote sustainable water use in agriculture. In particular, they will examine whether: The European Commission has included the principles of sustainable water use in the CAP rules, and EU member states apply those principles and provide incentives for sustainable water use in agriculture. Three weeks ago, the European Commission decided not to revise the Water Framework Directive, which requires Member States to ensure that all water bodies are in “good status” by 2027. The audit preview published on 7 July provides information about an ongoing audit task on the sustainable use of water in EU agriculture, which is expected to be concluded in the second half of 2021. Audit previews are based on preparatory work undertaken before the start of an audit and should not be regarded as audit observations, conclusions or recommendations. Further information on EMWIS website

3- A consultation meeting was organised by the UfM on 9-10 June 2020, bringing together more than 100 participants from 21 different countries and representing more than 30 regional expert organisations. The meeting counted on the participation of the Minister for Energy and Water Management of Malta, Michael Farrugia; the First Undersecretary at the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation of Egypt, Ragab Abdel Azim; and the Secretary General of the Union for the Mediterranean, Nasser Kamel.This meeting highlighted that countries faced significant adaptation challenges with the pandemic, that were better addressed when tackled cooperatively; for instance, it was the Mediterranean know-how on water reuse that led to global scientific understanding of the detection of the virus in water. The consultation emphasised that, while relief and development investments are mobilised; governments, businesses and development partners need to maintain a focus on meeting the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) not to jeopardise the progress made over the last decades. Discussions led to the agreement of regional priority actions in the framework of the UfM Water Agenda, that will complement individual country efforts, supported by and eventually aligning with the European Green Deal, as a roadmap for a sustainable and resilient recovery. Further information on EMWIS website

4- In a landmark day for Europe’s rivers, lakes and wetlands, the European Commission has announced that the EU’s strong water legislation — the EU Water Framework Directive (WFD) — will not be changed. In a statement to POLITICO, the EU’s Commissioner for Environment, Ocean and Fisheries, Virginijus Sinkevičius, confirmed the need to focus on supporting implementation and enforcement "without changing the directive". The message from the Commission is clear: the WFD is an essential piece of EU environmental legislation and is here to stay in its current form. The decision comes six months after the law was concluded to be “fit-for-purpose”, following a thorough two-year evaluation. Over the course of this process, more than 375,000 citizens demanded that the law be kept in its current form and better implemented by their governments. Further information on EMWIS website

5- 19 May 2020. The provision of safe water, sanitation and hygienic conditions is essential for protecting human health during all infectious disease outbreaks, including of coronavirus disease (COVID-19), especially in some areas of the Euro-Mediterranean region, already under stress due to the water scarcity caused by the climate crisis. Together with the Mediterranean Water Institute (IME), the UfM held the 3rd virtual working session on the effects of COVID-19 on water and sanitation. UfM Deputy Secretary General, Isidro González, stressed that: “water and wastewater workers, as well as manufacturers and suppliers need to be considered as essential workers and infrastructures and operators should be protected.” He invited the participants to exchange their expertise and draw an emergency action plan to fight against the virus without forgetting the nexus between water and public health. Further information on EMWIS website

6- Climate change impacts are affecting water availability and are exacerbating the damages floods and drought cause worldwide. Climate related water action is a key for bringing us back on track to deliver Sustainable Development Goal 6, to ensure access to water and sanitation for all and to sustain a healthy environment. The World Meteorological Organisation (WMO) hosted a virtual diplomatic briefing on 2 July on plans for a Water and Climate Coalition aimed at building momentum on water and climate action through implementing concrete activities at the national, regional and global levels. It is intended that the coalition will bring together UN partners and Members, donor governments, private sector, non-governmental organizations and financial institutions. “The impacts of climate change are felt through water: through floods, drought, coastal inundation, melting of glaciers and forest fires,” WMO Secretary-General Petteri Taalas told the briefing. “There is a need to invest more in disaster risk reduction, climate adaptation and resilience,” he said. Further information on EMWIS website


7- The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates the importance of an integrated approach to water management and the crucial role played by transboundary water cooperation in supporting recovery and prevention. Timely and sufficient availability of water of adequate quality is a prerequisite for the provision of safe water, sanitation and adequate hygiene. River basin organizations and other mechanisms and tools promoted by the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes (Water Convention) serviced by UNECE play an increasingly important role in supporting COVID-19 recovery and prevention. These are among the conclusions of the webinar organised on 26 May 2020 by the Geneva Environment Network and the Water Convention secretariat as part of the Geneva Environment Dialogues series devoted to the impact of COVID-19 on the global environmental agenda. Further information on EMWIS website

8- Representatives of 5 ENI CBC Med (EU cross-boarder cooperation programme with South and East Med countries) funded  projects related water and sanitation are exchanging ideas on how to share and enhance impact of project activities and results. The common aspiration of finding innovative and technological solutions to increase water efficiency and encourage use of non-conventional water supply brings a real opportunity for each of the individual projects to achieve more by joining forces. With the aim to reinforce the expected impact of the projects by pooling knowledge and expertise, a cluster formation is in progress, represented by 32 organizations from 4 EU countries (Greece, Italy, Malta, Spain), 4 Mediterranean Partner Countries (Jordan, Lebanon, Palestine, Tunisia) and 1 international organization. The cluster coordination will be supported and coordinated by the ENI CBC MED programme Managing Authority in close cooperation with the Joint Technical Secretariat (JTS). Ongoing projects and research initiatives addressed to the same thematic area, and willing to explore synergies on the basis of water sustainability values and in assisting progress, prosperity and good neighborliness in the Mediterranean area, are encouraged to join this community. Further information on EMWIS website

9- On 20 May the European Commission adopted a comprehensive new Biodiversity Strategy to bring nature back into our lives and a Farm to Fork Strategy for a fair, healthy and environmentally friendly food system. The two strategies are mutually reinforcing, bringing together nature, farmers, business and consumers for jointly working towards a competitively sustainable future. In line with the European Green Deal, they propose ambitious EU actions and commitments to halt biodiversity loss in Europe and worldwide and transform our food systems into global standards for competitive sustainability, the protection of human and planetary health, as well as the livelihoods of all actors in the food value chain. The COVID-19 crisis has demonstrated how vulnerable the increasing biodiversity loss makes us and how crucial a well-functioning food system is for our society. The two strategies put the citizen at the centre, by committing to increase the protection of land and sea, restoring degraded ecosystems and establishing the EU as a leader on the international stage both on the protection of biodiversity and on building a sustainable food chain. Further information on EMWIS website

10-  The World Bank program on the blue economy in the Maghreb region has launched in recent months, with national public and private institutions, the preparation of the blue economy strategy in Tunisia, said Taoufik Bannouna, representative of the World Bank (WB), during a meeting on the blue economy, organized in Tunis, by the "National Hub Tunisia". This Hub is part of the Westmed initiative which covers in Tunisia all the coastal regions of the Mediterranean. It is created to help public institutions, academic institutions, local communities and SMEs from two shores of the Mediterranean to develop local and regional maritime projects. Further information on EMWIS website

11- After the fourth edition of Water Heroes Contest and World Water Day youth workshops, held in March 2020, an e-Hackathon was organised to create entrepreneurial solutions for real-life problems and challenges in the Mediterranean Region on 24- 26 June 2020. Members of the Mediterranean Youth for Water Network (MedYWat) as well as the participants of Water Heroes Contest 2020 were asked to submit challenges related to water and climate change in three different themes: mitigation solutions for climate change impacts on water resources and food security, urban waste (water) management and WASH and COVID-19. Around 50 participants, divided in 10 teams, joined the e-Hackathon and provided their solutions to the above-mentioned challenges. Discover the submitted solutions and winner projects on CMI website.

12- The development project CyanoAlert (EU funded H2020 project) is now moving into the operational phase where it offer a web based service with water quality information using near-real time Copernicus satellite data, an alert service based on user defined thresholds as well as a mobile App that can be used for viewing recent water quality information and in which the public can report observations and upload photos, almost everywhere in the World. Further information on EMWIS website

13- VISCA project has been developing a Decision Support System (DSS) that integrates climate and agricultural models with farmers’ management specifications in order to design short-term practices, as well as medium- and long-term adaptation strategies to climate change. After more than three years since the launch of VISCA, the project has recently published ‘VISCA Booklet on Preliminary Results’. The booklet gives an overview of the project, a description of the DSS and the integrated climate and agricultural services, the added value of these services with testimonies from the end-users as well as the preliminary results driven from the demonstration sites in Italy, Portugal and Spain. The booklet also presents an overview of the replicability in various agriculture sectors and the way forward (exploitation). Furthermore, the project has recently released its animated video:  VISCA: Supporting Farmers in Climate Change Adaptation. Follow VISCA news including monthly climate stories from the demonstration sites on VISCA website

14- HYDROUSA project is developing innovative, nature-based and nature-inspired water management solutions for different types of water under the concept of circular economy. Clear water loops are demonstrated, recovering added value products, while integrating services and interacting with the local market. These technologies and services, named as HYDROs, are demonstrated at six demonstration sites at full scale in three Mediterranean islands: Lesvos, Mykonos and Tinos. In Lesvos, where HYDRO1 & HYDRO2 are located, the first co-creation workshop of HYDROUSA was successfully organised and brought together local farmers, local small businesses, young and older citizens. Research emerged during the co-creation workshop resulted in selection of the plants for the agroforestry. Meanwhile, the site has been prepared for the development of the systems. While in Mykonos, where HYDRO3 and HYDRO4 are located, HYDRO3 was constructed and is already running with rainwater being collected and stored. The necessary sensors for monitoring and actuators for controlling will be integrated into ICT infrastructure, whereas HYDRO4 is under construction. Finally, in Tinos, where HYDRO5 and HYDRO6 are located. The work is going as planned and the introduction to HYDROUSA custom applications & a co-creation workshop have been completed on the island.  Further information about the project is found on HYDROUSA website

15- The first 1st SUPROMED technical meeting was held on the 17 of June 2020 and hosted by the project coordinator “The University of Castilla-La Mancha, Spain”. The meeting was held remotely due to the travel restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. During the first session of the 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 work achieved in the 3 demo sites, Eastern Manchain Spain, Sidi Bouzid in Tunisia and South Bekaa Valley in Lebanon. The first version of SUPROMED DSS has been presented by the Spanish partner in charge of the development of the ICT platform and the Supromed DSS “Hispatec”, this version will be available online very soon. In the afternoon, a project board meeting was held and partners discussed the problems and delays due to Covid 19 and agreed on a list of solutions. Further information about the project is found on SUPROMED website

16- On 9th of July, 2020 the first Living Lab and stakeholders meeting in Malia study area, Greece took place in the city hall of Malia. In the meeting, organized by the TUC team, 55 users, local authorities, NGOs, official water management organisations and policy makers had the opportunity to meet each other and discuss. During the meeting, the overall scope of the Sustain-COAST project was presented in order to invite the stakeholders to participate in the living labs. Through the activities of the living lab, the stakeholders exposed and classified the issues of their area and they proposed relevant solutions. Several activities were organised including, ice-breaking activities, an interactive web-based questionnaire, and a participatory creation of maps containing the actual situation and future plans. The Greek team is really happy that the Stakeholders showed collaborative spirit and were willing to participate in the project activities and that valuable information came out that can be reclaimed by the scientific team. Further information on Sustain-coast website

17- Last year a team of innovators from Ukraine UNDP Accelerator Lab – decided to explore nature-base solutions possibilities in Ukraine. This exploration journey connected UNDP Ukraine and the Circular City COST Action. Together, they ran a very inspiring NBS event called the Community Safari in Kyiv. The idea of the event was to empower grassroots activists to collectively identify problems in their city and then explore possible nature-based solutions projects. The safari teams worked non-stop during the event, but they are now working even harder on their five experiments in Podil district of Kyiv, testing composting, green walls, moss modules, drainage system and green valley implementation. An open source toolkit that shows any community how to run similar events and develop their own nature-oriented solutions has been created and it is available for download here. Follow the other news from the circular city as well as the planned STSM calls and training schools from the official website.

18- EdiCitNet team is  happy to announce that its project officer Dr. Ina Säumel is part of the Postdoc Academy for Transformational Leadership as leader of the research group “Multifunctional Landscapes” for the year’s focus topic “Land use practices in a globalised world”. The Postdoc Academy is designed to train the next generation of leaders in sustainability and transformation research and it is an initiative of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and a joint project of the Robert Bosch Stiftung and the four academic centres: Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (IRI THESys), Leuphana University of Lüneburg/ Stockholm Resilience Centre (SRC) and/ the Dutch Research Institute for Transitions (DRIFT), Rotterdam. It provides an intensive high-end training with four seminars in two years that broaden the research competencies of postdocs and promote their qualifications towards transdisciplinary leadership. The program also offers seed funding (e.g. for stakeholder meetings or proposal writing activities) to small groups of participants who plan to initiate research collaborations. Furthermore, an active network of current and former participants of the program will be established. EdiCitNet website

19- After the water agencies Adour-Garonne and  Rhône Mediterranean and Corsica,  Seine-Normandy  agency basin adopted several emergency measures to help the water and sanitation sectors in their management of the epidemic from Covid-19. Thus, it provides for a subsidy up to 80% for the sanitation of sludge from treatment plants. During the Covid-19 period, only sludge from sanitized treatment plants or extracted before the start of the risk exposure period may, in fact, be spread. The amount of subsidized work must be greater than € 3,500 including tax. "This measure, adopted by the board of directors, mobilizes an exceptional endowment of € 10 million and must be at the same time, subject of an assent by the basin committee". Further information on EMWIS website

20- The Maltese government has allocated €500,000 to projects related to research and innovation (R&I) to enhance and improve the water and energy sector, Energy and Water Minister Michael Farrugia said on June 17. Farrugia was speaking during the launch of the National Strategy for Research and Innovation in Energy and Water 2021-2030. He highlighted that the aims of the strategy are to strengthen what has already been done and promote new ideas to create more investments in the sector and to increase competitiveness locally. “Research is an essential tool to build future-proof industry whilst helping out enterprises to develop new products and services that will contribute to the sector’s competitiveness,” he explained.He highlighted that in the past few years the demand for electricity and water have doubled, and therefore such a strategy with help aid the constantly growing demand. He also mentioned that the Ministry is ensuring to work on the environmental impact and ensure that more initiatives are put forward for sustainable and renewable energy. The Energy and Water Agency has worked in collaboration with Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) to develop the strategy. Further information on EMWIS website

21- About 489 projects in the urban drinking water and wastewater sector in Egypt have been completed at a cost of LE 58.5 billion, Minister of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities Asem El-Gazzar said on 07 July . EL-Gazzar clarified, in a statement, that 295 projects for drinking water had been completed at a cost of LE 38.5 billion, and 194 projects in the field of sanitation for cities had been completed at a cost of LE 20 billion. Further information on EMWIS website

22- Jordan on 06 July  launched a multi-million ambitious green growth plan as part of a broader national drive towards a green economy and sustainable development. The six-pronged 2021-2025 National Green Growth Plan, which was announced by Minister of Environment and Agriculture Saleh Kharabsheh, comprises executive plans targeting the key sectors of water, waste management, energy, agriculture, tourism and transport. In part, the blueprint is intended to help build sustainable sectors that are more resilient and adaptive to adverse phenomena, including climate change and the fallout of emergencies, such as the coronavirus pandemic. It was drawn up in collaboration with the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI). Further information on EMWIS website

23- The government of Morocco through its energy, water and sanitation public utility company, better known as the National Office of Electricity and Drinking Water (ONEE), is set to launch two new drinking water supply projects in Chichaoua province, in the Moroccan region of Marrakech-Tensift-Al Haouz. These water supply projects in Morocco are connecting the rural communes of Mzoudia and Guemassa to the Chichaoua regional pipeline that runs from the Abou El Abass Essabti dam, located in the Assif El Mal wadi. Further information on EMWIS website

24- To reach SDG6, monitoring is crucial to measure progress on targets and to prepare progress reports. Reliable, evidence-based data is needed to shape future strategies until 2030 and help decision-makers and politicians put their programs and action plans in place. To facilitate this mission, the United Nations University, the Institute for Water, Environment and Health (UNU-INWEH), Canada, with the financial support of the Korean Company for the Environment (K-eco), the Korean Ministry of the Environment and the United Nations Office for Sustainable Development (UNOSD) in Korea have set up a Decision Support System (SAD-ODD in French), also called SDG6 Policy Support System (SDG-PSS) as part of the “Water in the World We Want” project. The SAD-ODD is a tool, recognized by UN-Water, which helps decision-makers to measure the progress of their countries in reaching the SDG6 by monitoring, assessing and "reporting" up to the year 2030. Five pilot countries, Costa Rica, Ghana, Pakistan, South Korea and Tunisia, were chosen on the basis of their representativeness of the regions of the World and their water and climate situation to work on the SAD-ODD. This tool includes 6 transversal components which apply to each of the 6 targets of SDG6, namely: State, Finance, Capacity, Transparency / Integrity, Gender, and Disaster Risk Reduction / Resilience (linked to water). Further information on EMWIS website

25- Many crises related to water in Tunisia have been linked to agricultural development groups (GDA). These are local structures responsible for the management of water and  natural resources (forests, pastures, irrigated areas). GDAs are in the grip of enormous financial difficulties, due to unpaid bills. Because their revenues come exclusively from the sale of water services. However, the rate of collection of water bills does not exceed 40% of the volumes consumed by farmers. This phenomenon has worsened since 2011, resulting in an increasingly constraining debt and affecting the capacity of GDAs to ensure the maintenance of networks and water supply for members, stressed specialists in an online conference organized, recently by the Tunisian Observatory of the Economy in partnership with Tunisian Observatory of Water "Association Nomad08", on water management in rural areas, the problems facing GDAs and the impact on the sector agricultural. Further information on EMWIS website

26- The "100 water and climate projects for Africa" initiative was launched at the 1st edition of the "One Planet Summit" (12 December 2017 in Paris). The management of the initiative was entrusted to INBO (International Network of Basin Organisations), Secretariat of the World Alliances for Water and Climate (GAfWaC), within the framework of the Incubation Platform that it has been leading since the United Nations Climate Conference of Marrakech (COP22, November 2016).  In this respect, INBO seeks and selects the relevant project proposals, co-establishes and secures the budget required for the incubation. The latter must be modest compared to the implementation budget, with a leverage effect of at least 1 to 100; on average, 60,000 euros of incubation for an implementation of 1 to 10 million euros). INBO provides technical support to the project leaders to meet the requirements and procedures of the climate finance donors. Thanks to the support of the French Water Agencies, this incubation process has started for some 20 projects, described in short synthesis, including in Souss-Massa and Sebou river basins in Morocco: "Preserving and Developing Tiout Oasis Heritage through Sustainable Agrotourism"; "Improving the Resilience of rural Inhabitants by setting up Water Supply and Sanitation Services in Arghen valley", and "Safeguarding the Fes-Meknes Water Table". Further information on INBO website


27- Scholarships: PhD Programme in Civil, Environmental and Mechanical Engineering. PhD programmes available at the University of Trento for the Academic Year 2020/2021 (36th cycle). Deadline for applications: 23rd July 2020, hrs. 4.00 PM (Italian time). Further information on EMWIS website



28- The European Union have just launched their Blue Economy Report 2020 : The European Commission published “The EU Blue Economy Report 2020”, providing an overview of the performance of the EU economic sectors related to oceans and the coastal environment. With a turnover of €750 billion in 2018, the EU blue economy is in good health. There were also 5 million people working in the blue economy sector in 2018, representing a significant increase of 11.6% compared to the year before. Although sectors such as coastal and marine tourism, as well as fisheries and aquaculture are severely affected by the coronavirus pandemic, the blue economy as a whole presents a huge potential in terms of its contribution to a green recovery. Further information on EMWIS website

29- Wetland extent tools for SDG 6.6.1 reporting from the Satellite-based Wetland Observation Service (SWOS): The very last action item done by SWOS H2020 project is now fully documented. A common article made by the project consortium for the SDG issue of the journal “Remote sensing of environment” has been published. Further information on EMWIS website

30- MEDRC Report Examines Cross-Border Impact of Dams:  A new MEDRC report on Transboundary Dams, examines the costs and benefits of dams that reshape the environment across political boundaries. From enhanced water management to hydroelectricity, dams can provide great benefits as well as impose tremendous costs and complications for riparian countries. Effectively planning and sharing the costs and benefits of these projects are a critical aspect of transboundary water management. The report looks at the legacy, impact of transboundary dams and their potential for international cooperation. The Report is the latest in MEDRC’s Transboundary Waters – Practitioner Briefing Series. Further information on EMWIS website



31- Call for projects 2020: migration and development - social cohesion and climate change. The French Embassy in Morocco is launching a new call for projects aimed at supporting actions promoting the strengthening of positive relationships between migration and sustainable development. The selected projects, which will be carried out over a year (September 2020-September 2021), will receive financial and technical support from the Embassy.  Further information on EMWIS website

32- The Croatian Hydrocarbon Agency issued a public call for bids for four exploration areas. It said the goal is to utilize geothermal waters in Slavonia, Podravina and Međimurje in the north of Croatia for the production of energy. The deadline is September 1. The agency noted the temperature under all the lots exceeds one hundred degrees Celsius and that it means electricity can be generated. The entire potential power capacity is estimated at 50 MW while as much as four times more heat energy can be used. Further information on EMWIS website


33- Call for abstract: Remote Sensing of Rivers, Lakes, Reservoirs and Wetlands: Surface water processes play an essential role in Earth systems. However, these processes are not fully understood at regional to global scales. Passive and active remote sensing offer the potential to address knowledge gaps in surface water entities, including rivers, lakes, reservoirs and wetlands. Multi-satellite remote sensing data can not only facilitate an improved understanding of the long term variability and trends of surface water processes, but can also provide observations on a near real-time basis for monitoring and prediction, particularly in data-sparse regions. AGU is soliciting abstracts that employ remote sensing data and approaches to study surface water processes (e.g., river discharge, lake volume variation, wetland inundation, floods), and support the development of novel applications (e.g., new algorithms/datasets, integration with models). The session focuses on, but is not limited to, exploring the roles of surface water bodies and wetlands in water management, hydrological cycles, ecosystem services, and land-atmosphere interactions. The deadline for abstract submissions is Wednesday, 29 July at 23:59 Eastern Daylight Time (EDT). Further information on EMWIS website

34- June 8, 2020: IOWater face-to-face training resumed : Indeed, the International Office for Water (OiEau) mobilizes every day to ensure proper compliance with all the preventive measures put in place, strictly in accordance with the health recommendations of the French government. Further information on EMWIS website

Events / changes due to COVID19


[2020/11/18 - 2020/11/20] Fifth symposium on urban mining and circular economy

Further information on EMWIS website


[2020/11/11 - 2020/11/13] 4th Mediterranean Water Forum

Further information on EMWIS website


[2020/11/08 - 2020/11/13] 18th "Europe-INBO 2020" International Conference for the Implementation of the European Water Directives

Further information on EMWIS website


[2020/11/01 - 2020/11/04] III International Symposium on Soilless Culture and Hydroponics, 1-4 Nov 2020, Limassol/Lemesos, Cyprus

Further information on EMWIS website

[2020/10/07 - 2020/10/09] 5th International Conference on Smart City Applications (SCA 2020)

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[2020/09/22 - 2020/09/23] Conference on Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems Nexus Scientific Advances in the Mediterranean Region

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[2020/09/20 - 2020/09/23] 4th International Conference on Global Food Security Achieving local and global food security: at what costs?

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[2020/07/18 - 2020/07/21] Second Palestine International Water Forum 18-21 July Ramallah. Postponed

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[2020/07/08 - 2020/07/10] 9th International Conference on Water Resources in the Mediterranean basin (WATMED9)

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