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In this issue N°152 (


1- Water accounting to support integrated policy assessment and formulation

In Brief

2- Europe-INBO 2020: International Conference for the Implementation of the European Water Directives

3- FAO-CIHEAM Partnership: Advancing sustainable rural development in the Mediterranean

4- North Africa's largest aquifer: Broad cross-sectoral cooperation needed

5- MEDRC AWARD $90,000 in funding for bio inspired desalination solution (HYDROUSA Technology)

6- Innovative water accounting and tenure assessment for better water governance

7- The 9th World Water Forum in DAKAR: Postponed for March 2022

8- AMWAJ Unites Water and Energy Experts

9- FAO: WAPOR open access database on water productivity

10- Nature-based solutions tools first webinar

11- Nature based solutions for urban water management webconference

12- Seventh meeting of the Roundtable on Financing Agricultural Water

13- MedYwat :  Publishing of 5 working papers on 'water and climate change' in the Mediterranean region

14- VISCA: A DSS for vineyards management under Climate Change conditions

15- HYDROUSA: Solar desalination for a Tropical greenhouse in Tinos island (GR)

16- SAFERS: A new innovative project to fight Against Forest Fire is Kicked off

17- SUPROMED first annual meeting fruitfully concluded

18- Sustain-coast and MedSal join forces on groundwater management

19- Circular City: Survey to define a circularity assessment framework

20- EU Nature bases Solutions task-force meeting 

21- France: A EUROPA colloquium on water management

22- Egypt: AH Water new major player in desalination plants

23- Egypt: EU-UFM convenes in Cairo to tackle water issues in Mediterranean region

24- Tunisia-EU: A webinar to present the mid-term of the twinning project

25- Tunisia: AFD and OSS initiative to reduce hydric stress

26- Israel: International E-water Forum Regulators









1-In the framework of the Mediterranean Water and Environment Support project, a regional training on Water Accounting that took place online from 12 to 26 October. About 50 representatives from Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and Palestine took part in the training. The implementation of the UN System for Environmental Economic Accounting for Water (SEEA-W) was introduced with case studies on its implementation, indicators development (e.g. SDG reporting) and its benefits for European Environment Agency. To become operational, it requires a interinstitutional team and the support of IT tools such as a National Water Information System, enabling yearly computation of these accounts, derived indicators (e.g. water exploitation index, water reuse, pricing and cost recovery) and cross-sectoral assessment (e.g. water, energy, agriculture, ecosystems). The Mediterranean Water Knowledge Platform could play a signficant role to foster such developments among UfM countries. A recent report of the European Courts of Auditors highlighted the usefulness of Environmental-Economic Accounting for policymakers and the urgent need improve them. To this end the European Commission will propose a European directive on ecosystem accounting. The technical coordination of the training was ensured by Eric MINO, UT-SEMIDE director. Further information on EMWIS website.   



IN BRIEF (Full news)


2- Great success of the 18th "Europe-INBO 2020" International Conference for the Implementation of the European Water Directives that took place, for the first time completely online, on 9 and 10 November 2020. The sessions were particularly well attended despite these special circumstances, and INBO was pleased to have registered more than 306 registrations from 47 countries. Four interactive workshops were orgnanised: new CAP: an opportunity for water policies? The European partnership "Water4all"; The City-basin Dialogue; How water digital innovations can benefit to River Basin Organisations?  All sessions materials are available on INBO website.

3- The partnership between the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Centre for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM) has generated advanced knowledge and expertise in support of achieving food security, sustainable agriculture, and rural development in the Mediterranean. Driven by these shared goals, FAO and CIHEAM have jointly contributed to policy dialogue, the implementation of programs and projects, awareness-raising, and the capacity development of different actors in the region. FAO- CIHEAM collaboration has helped to build important knowledge resources and technical networks, strengthen the focus on gender and youth in agriculture, and promote the sustainable development of rural and coastal areas and sustainable fisheries. In October 2015, both organizations signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) reinforcing their partnership. Under the framework of the partnership agreement, FAO and CIHEAM committed to developing a common strategic cooperation agenda to support agriculture, food, and sustainable rural development in the Mediterranean. In June 2019, based on the success of this collaboration the MoU was renewed for another four years.In 2020 they publish a brochure that presents the highlights and successes of the partnership between FAO and CIHEAM. Read more about this partnership "Advancing sustainable rural development in the Mediterranean". Further information on EMWIS website

4- Examining the interlinkages between energy, water, land and ecosystem resources, a new transboundary “nexus” assessment identifies integrated solutions to render resource management more sustainable in the North Western Sahara Aquifer System. Shared by Algeria, Libya and Tunisia, the North Western Sahara Aquifer System (NWSAS) is North Africa’s largest groundwater reserve, supporting the lives and livelihoods of 4.8 million inhabitants. A vital water resource extending over 1 million square kilometres in a highly arid environment, the aquifer system is naturally vulnerable due its low natural recharge. Pressures on water have been increasing over the past three decades with the rise of new industrial agriculture, with water abstraction currently standing at 3 times the aquifer’s natural recharge rate (1 billion cubic meters per year). This results in pressures on water and soil quality, leading to a vicious cycle of reduced agricultural productivity and increased energy demand for pumping from deep wells. Fragile ecosystems, such as wetlands, are consequently under threat and local populations are exposed to significant vulnerability. The report ‘Reconciling resource uses: Assessment of the water-food-energy-ecosystems nexus in the North Western Sahara Aquifer System’, underlines the urgency of taking action across borders and sectors to address the threats leading to the degradation of the aquifer system. Further information on EMWIS website

5- MEDRC -Middle East Desalination Research Center- has announced the recipient of a $90,000 grant under its USAID backed pathway research grants in desalination. Planet, an Italian startup, has secured the funding to develop their Mangrove Still – a bio inspired, modular, low-cost easy to use solar desalination system. The current version of the Mangrove Still is one of the solution demonstrated within the HYDROUSA project for developing circular economy. The funds are part of MEDRC’s 5-year strategic program launched in 2017 with a goal of driving innovation in small-scale desalination. The project goal is to double the Mangrove Still’s current daily fresh water output of 3.9 litres per day. Planet will combine the grant with $90,000 in matching funds bringing the total project investment to $180,000. Planet Co-Founder and Principal Investigator Alessandro Villa said, “This funding will enable us to thoroughly test new materials and processes in a scientific environment allowing our team to work on increasing the efficiency and effectiveness of our solar desalination system”. The technology has the potential to offer a financially viable and sustainable long-term solution to Oman’s farmers where water and soil quality is at risk from saline water intrusion. The Mangrove Still desalination system could become a low-cost substitute to energy intensive reverse osmosis desalination units. The technology could also be useful on a broader scale for governmental land regeneration or reforestation projects. Further information on EMWIS website

6-  The FAO Land and Water Division is proud to present the new website of the project "Knowing water better: Towards fairer and more sustainable access to natural resources - KnoWat" which is available in English and French. This website provides a complete set of in-depth information on the project’s approaches, methodologies and activities in the countries and at global level, and a series of advocacy materials about the concept of water tenure (defined as the relationships, whether legally or customarily defined, between people, as individuals or groups, with respect to water resources). The KnoWat project aims at strengthening water governance processes through capacity building in cutting-edge water accounting methods using remote sensing backed by FAO’s WaPOR portal. An innovative approach for the assessment of water tenure will be also developed to help securing access to water for the rural poor and for food security, as well as improving resilience to climate change.The project is supported by the German Ministry for Food and Agriculture (BMEL). Further information on EMWIS website

7- Senegal and the World Water Council have decided to postpone the 9th World Water Forum scheduled in Dakar, to March 21-26, 2022.The postponement was decided in light of the evolution of the global Covid-19 pandemic, which has slowed down the Forum preparatory process and strained organizations into rescheduling introductory events, and in order to guarantee the best sanitary conditions for stakeholders. As a reminder, this next Forum, placed under the theme "Water Security for Peace and Development", will be the first to be held in sub-Saharan Africa. It will provide a platform for professionals and decision-makers to respond to the priority of accelerating and expanding access to water and sanitation for all. Remarkable progress has already been achieved and all of those involved are encouraged to continue their work and participation in making the 9 th World Water Forum a historic success. This exceptional mobilization will be punctuated in 2021 by numerous preparatory events on all continents to position water at the center of political decisions. Further information on EMWIS website.

8- AMWAJ Alliance, the leading platform focusing on tackling water scarcity and energy challenges, partnered with Union for the Mediterranean (UfM), Cewas Middle East, and KAS – REMENA to address the most pressing issues facing the Mediterranean region in relation to energy and water. AMWAJ Live took place on 28-29 October and was hosted in simultaneous Arabic, French, and English provided. The participation of journalists, policy-makers, and entrepreneurs from around the world contributed multiple perspectives and their expertise. AMWAJ Live included 2 discussion panels with 13 industry experts from the Mediterranean region, engaging in thought-provoking discussions related to the water and energy markets.Further information on EMWIS website

9- Achieving food security in the future while using water resources in a sustainable manner is a major challenge for current and future generations. Agriculture is a key water user. A careful monitoring of water productivity in agriculture and exploring opportunities to increase it are required. Improving water productivity often represents the most important avenue to cope with increased water demand in agriculture. Systematic monitoring of water productivity through the use of Remote Sensing techniques can help to identify water productivity gaps and evaluate appropriate solutions to close these gaps. The FAO portal to monitor Water Productivity through Open access of Remotely sensed derived data (WaPOR) provides access to 11 years of continued observations over Africa and the Near East. It gives open access to various spatial data layers related to land and water use for agricultural production and allows for direct data queries, time series analyses, area statistics and data download of key variables to estimate water and land productivity gaps in irrigated and rain fed agriculture. The different data components of WaPOR Version 2 are provied at the 250m (Level 1), 100m (Level 2) and 30m (Level 3) resolution. Further information on EMWIS website

10- The first webinar of a new ACTonNBS series focused on nature-based solutions tools such as software, guidelines, handbooks, repositories and platforms. Webinar Topic were about different tools to up-take nature-based solutions (NBS) and enhance climate resilience in cities. Such NBS tools can be used by different users (like municipalities, real estate, urban professionals, academics, among others), not only for informative or inspirational purposes, but as well for planning and designing blue-green infrastructure. Other NBS tools can facilitate financial and economic assessments to make better decisions for urban environmental projects. Also, there are several community tools that have the intention to share, obtain and create knowledge to foster collaboration between different actors. Further information on EMWIS website 

11- GESTEau, the French community of integrated water management is organising, with the support of the International Office for Water (OiEau) a webconference on nature based solutions for urban water management on 4th December. The event entitled "Rethink water in the city: sustainable territory management based on nature solutions" will focus on sharing experiences cities politicians and planers. The event will be in French only. Further information on EMWIS website 

12- The 7th meeting of the Roundtable on Financing Water focused on financing agricultural water organised in partnership with the OECD and the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO). The Roundtable on Financing Water is a joint initiative of the OECD, the Netherlands, the World Water Council and the World Bank. The Roundtable provides a global public - private platform drawing upon political leadership and technical expertise, with the ambition of facilitating increased financing of investments that contribute to water security and sustainable growth. The Roundtable engages a diversity of actors – governments and regulators in developed, emerging and developing economies, private financiers (e.g. institutional investors, commercial banks, asset managers, impact investors), development financing institutions, bi-lateral donors, international organisations, academia and civil society organisations – focused on finding novel ideas and solutions. The event will take place online from 26 to 28 January 2021. Further information on EMWIS website.

13- The Mediterranean Youth for Water network (MedYWat) has published 5 working papers related to water and climate change: ‘Water and Climate Change Policies Applied in coastal Areas: (Case Study: Marchica Lagoon’, ‘Drought and water scarcity management for agricultural sector’s sustainability: the best lessons from Med-MENAT countries’, ‘Evaluating Agricultural Strategies in Response to Drought: Case Studies in the Mediterranean Region (Jordan, Morocco and Palestine)’, ‘Water and Circular economy’ and ‘Perception, attitude and behavior in relation to climate change: A survey among the young people of Palestine’. You may read these papers on CMI website.

14- On 29th October 2020, VISCA consortium organized an e-Workshop to present the latest release of VISCA Decision Support System (DSS) - & its added value through a live demo. The DSS is supporting viticulturists in climate change adaptation. Also, the preliminary results and key findings from the demonstration sites in Italy, Portugal and Spain were illustrated in addition to the commercial opportunities and exploitation options. Around 80 participants with a variety of profiles such as viticulturists, wine producers, scientists, agronomists, software providers and entrepreneurs attended the e-Workshop from 11 countries. The participants contributed to VISCA e-workshop enormously with their feedback, suggestions and inquiries. Any interested person is invited to the Final Conference which is planned for the 15th December this year.  Further information is provided on VISCA website 

15- HYDROUSA partners gathered up on the island of Tinos for the completion & installment of the technical works of the pilot application of HYDRO5 service case (solar desalination to irrigate a tropical greenhouse). The site was also featured by CNBC TV where an interview with the partner PLANET  was conducted to understand the application of biomimicry within the site. 2 circular walks were successfully delivered on Tinos, focusing on the application of solutions, by the project’s technical team. In Mykonos, members of Impact Hub Athens visited the sites where an innovative rainwater harvesting system has been up & running. Preparation for community building activities & a co-creation workshop are on. Meetings with local farmers, business owners, local brew tastings  and discussions with members of the water utilities about the project and its forecasted impact on the future of the island, prepared the ground for the co-creation workshops that are about to follow. Further information is found on HYDROUSA website. Further information about the project is found on HYDROUSA website

16- SAFERS is a new innovative project co-funded under the EU Horizon 2020 programme which started last month for a period of 3 years with a budget of 3.25 million euros. The project will realise a comprehensive Emergency Management System (EMS) that will act along the key phases of the emergency management cycle: a big data information system integrating Earth Observation data and services offered by the EU Copernicus programme, crowdsourced data from social media and from other applications used by citizens as well as emergency staff, real-time data provided by accurate sensors to detect smoke or fires. SAFERS brings together 14 partners coming from 7 European countries: Italy, Greece, Finland, Germany, United Kingdom, France and Spain. SAFERS will also assess the impact of wildfires on biodiversity and monitor recovery status.  Read the press release from the kick-off meeting here. Further information about the project is found on the press release of the kick-off meeting

17- The first SUPROMED annual meeting was organized during three days : 14, 15 and 16 October 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 day of the meeting, partners presented the current status of the project and the achieved tasks during the first year. 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. For the second day, Partners discuss their progress about the development and calibration of models and tools. Spanish partner in charge of the development of the IT platform, Hispatec presented the first version of the platform with the available modeling tools. The last day was held with the participation of the project officer Fabrice Dentressangle, partners discussed currents status of WP’s, the problems and delays due to Covid 19 and agreed on a list of solutions to solve the first year problems. They planned next actions for the second year.Further information is found  on SUPROMED website.

18- On September 28th 2020, a joint e-conference of the Sustain-Coast and the Medsal projects took place. Both projects are funded by PRIMA and addressing coastal groundwaters but with different demonstrations sites and different focuses. Medsal has a strong modeling approach to addess multiple salinization phenomena. While Sustain-Coast is addressing sustainable groundwater management based on stakeholder engagement, DSS, high frequency monitoring and modeling. About 66 participants of the the meeting involving stakeholders, scientists and partners of both projects have attended a highly interesting meeting with excellent presentations about the objectives of each project, WPs, progress to date and projection for coming months.Both projects have exchanged their knowledge and experiences and discussed possibilities of future cooperation. The following day, Sustain-Coast partners held online their second annual meeting. They presented the preliminary results of the work achieved in  the 4 demo sites,  Arborea in Italy, Wadi El Beyin Tunisia, Malia in Greece and Erdemli in Turkey. Partners also discussed currents status of activities, the problems and delays due to Covid19, agreed on a list of solutions to solve the first year problems and they planned next steps. Further information is found on SUSTAIN-COAST website.  

19- A joint initiative from the HYDROUSA project (regenerative and nature based water solutions for circular economy) and the COST Action CA17133 on Circular City is looking at identifying, shortlisting, and validating key Circularity Performance Indicators (CPI’s) which can be used as metrics in a multi-sectoral circularity assessment framework A survey has been designed to take into consideration the vision of different types of stakeholders. The survey is anonymous. It proposes circularity criteria and try to identify the constraints in monitoring them in sector such as agriculture & livestock, food processing, building and construction, Energy, plastic industry, drinking water production, water and sanitation operators, wastewater treatment, domestic waste operators, Consultancy companies, regions and municipalities, Environmental agencies. By replying to the survey, you will be able to compare your current or future approach with already identified ones and if you wish (and provide your contact details) we will inform you on results and invited to a webinar where results will be discussed. Join the initiative by responding to the survey [link]. Further information on EMWIS website.

20- EdiCitNet partners took part in the EU NBS Taskforce meeting, organized by the European Commission. This meeting brought together EU funded NBS projects, Taskforce members, EASME and the European Commission for an interactive dialogue to take stock of achievements to date and chart a way forward to further increase the impact that the Horizon 2020 nature-based solutions projects create. The different working groups (e.g. Communication, indicators) had space to meet and discuss their own strategic plans and upcoming activities as well as explore new ideas for future cooperation. Additionally, panelists from different walks of life were invited to share their perspective on how the Taskforces contribute to generating opportunities for implementing nature-based solutions across Europe. Further information on EdiCitNet website

21- On 27 November, twenty-eight European specialists in water and resource management met at a webinar organised by Europa. This year, the organisers of the colloquium have defined a theme that speaks to everyone: "Public water policies in Europe: between fragmentation and integration".  For Christophe Bonnotte, Secretary General of Europa, the themes are broad: "the availability of the resource, its quality, equal access to drinking water, roles of public and private operators, ....". A large panel of 28 European experts gave their contributions, including Eric Tardieu, General Director of the International Office for Water (IOWater), Klara Ramm, President of the Commission on Economic and Legal Affairs and representative of Poland within the General Assembly of EurEau (European Federation of National Associations of Water Services), Jacques Ganoulis, former Special Secretary for Water at the Greek Ministry of Energy and the Environment, and Denis Salles, Research Director at the National Research Institute for Agriculture, Food and the Environment, "Environment, Territories and Infrastructures" Unit (ETBX). Further information on EMWIS website

22-  There is movement in the water desalination market in Egypt. Ridgewood Egypt, one of the main players in the market has just been acquired by AH Water Investments BV. This is a major operation that allows the new joint venture to take possession of the 58 seawater desalination plants owned by Ridgewood Egypt in the land of the pharaohs. With this acquisition, Almar Water Solutions and HA Utilities BV are strengthening their position in the desalination market in Egypt, as Ridgewood Egypt owned 60% of the desalination plants operated by private companies. All the reverse osmosis plants have a capacity of 82,440 m3 per day. This drinking water is above all intended for the world of tourism in the coastal governorates such as the Red Sea where several desalination plants are concentrated, especially that of the Bay of Makady Meridien which has a capacity of 2,500 m3 per day. Further information on EMWIS website.

23- The European Union and Union for the Mediterranean (EU-UfM) held the second Egypt Water Governance and Business Forum on 19 October, on the sidelines of the third Cairo Water Week (18–22 October). Participants discussed the joint EU-Egypt cooperation in the water sector, and the EU’s continued support to help Egypt overcome the challenges it faces in terms of water scarcity. Future partnership opportunities from the European External Investment Plan (EIP), and the European Sustainable Fund for Development (EFSD) within the Mediterranean region, were also tackled. The event was a technical follow-up to the UfM Ministerial Conference on Water. It aims to enhance cooperation and coordination with Egypt’s Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, as well as stakeholders working on water, sanitation, and hygiene in the Euro-Mediterranean region. The EU’s Ambassador to Egypt, Christian Berger, underlined the water sector’s importance to Egypt. “The EU and its Member States are partners to Egypt in its ambitious agenda for water management, and we work closely with the Egyptian authorities to provide support, technical expertise, and capacity building,” Berger said, “The aim is to make full use of the opportunities that water offers.” UfM Secretary-General Nasser Kamel said, “The UfM Secretariat, together with its partners, remains committed to ‎step up regional cooperation and efforts in view of implementing the sustainability of the Mediterranean ‎water sector, as well as strengthening the ‎resilience of our societies‎ in a collective ‎multi-stakeholder ‎approach.” Further information on EMWIS website.

24-  Within the framework of the Support Program for the Association Agreement and Transition (P3AT) Tunisia-European Union (EU), the Ministry of Agriculture, Hydraulic Resources and Fisheries of Tunisia organized on November 10, 2020 a webinar to present the twinning project "Support for the protection of water resources and the control of the public hydraulic domain". You can view the recording of the webinar via this LINK.Further information on EMWIS website

25- On November 5th, 2020 in Tunis, The French Development Agency (AFD) and the Sahara and Sahel Observatory (OSS) pledged to reduce water stress in North Africa through a regional initiative called “Water stress and climate change in North Africa”. For several years now, the region has been helplessly suffering from the ravages of climate change. As a result of this recurrent violence against the environment, North Africa is currently experiencing an average temperature increase that is 20% higher than the global average. According to the Mediterranean Expert Network on Climate and Environmental Change (MedeCC), if no further action is taken, the temperature will rise to +2.2°C by 2040 and up to +3.8°C in some countries by 2100. This would be catastrophic for the sub-region. To avoid reaching this extreme, AFD and OSS plan to promote public policy dialogue in the sub-region (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia) for a period of 18 months through the “Water Stress and Climate Change in North Africa” initiative. “In this context, it seems particularly appropriate to reflect on the potential contribution of non-conventional water resources (in particular the reuse of treated wastewater for agriculture, desalination or demineralization of water and transboundary fossil water) and to describe the conditions and associated best practices, as well as possible and particularly environmental risks”, said AFD. Further information on EMWIS website

26- The Governmental Authority for Water and Sewerage organize the "Israeli International E-Water Forum for Regulators" – an initiative of MASHAV, the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Israeli Water Authority. The main idea is to exploit the benefits of the challenging times the whole world is facing during this year to cope with the COVID19 Pandemic, and break the social distancing barriers by meeting and discussing in virtual space. The E-Water Forum for Regulators aims to foster cooperation among water regulators from around the world, and to share best practices with regulators facing common challenges in managing sustainable water sectors in changing environments. The challenges we are facing call for collaborative thinking, and raise the need for greater knowledge of what is happening all over the globe. For best planning of the E-Forum meetings we call you to express your interest in the various fields of the water sector – those you would like to share and those you wish to hear about. We encourage both successes and failure – experience is experience! We believe your contribution to this initiative could be most valuable and hope you may consider taking part as an active participant in this E-Forum that is expected to hold regular sessions every few weeks. Further information on EMWIS website


27- Dan Lert was elected president of the Board of Directors of Eau de Paris. The Deputy Mayor of Paris in charge of the ecological transition, the Climate Plan, Water and Energy since July 2020, succeeds Célia Blauel.  Among the challenges of the next term of office is the ecological transition. "Resource protection, urban cooling, renewable energies, cooperation with rural areas, "Eau de Paris" has many levers to act against climate change, to anticipate its effects, to limit them and to adapt to them," said Dan Lert.  Further information on EMWIS website.

28- Call for Scholarships:  The "Open innovation and youth entrepreneurship in the Mediterranean agrifood sector" Master's course is open to all students with a 3-year university degree. The Master is jointly organized by the CIHEAM Bari and Universita degli Studi di Bari. The Master course in OPEN INNOVATION AND YOUTH ENTREPRENEURSHIP IN THE MEDITERRANEAN AGRIFOOD SECTOR is intended to train a new generation of innovation managers, enabling them to build new startups and improve competitiveness of businesses through developing and managing innovative solutions. Further information on EMWIS website



UNESCO has published a new report entitled “Water Reuse within a Circular Economy Context”. The report covers many areas of water reuse, from basic principles to application and case studies.  The full report can be found here. Further information on EMWIS website.

30- OiEau has published a  "new formula" of his activity report: a new graphic identity, a new organization of the headings, and more room for partners to express themselves. It reports on a particularly dynamic year 2019. OiEAu's unique range of expertise is at the service of a wide variety of partners and customers in France, Europe and around the world. In line with major international environmental objectives, such as the Sustainable Development Objectives or the Aïchi Objectives on biodiversity, OiEau's missions have been based from the outset on their operational culture and their capacity for innovation.  To read the report: Activity Report 2019. Further information on EMWIS website.



31- To respond to the urgency and ambition of the European Green Deal objectives, Horizon 2020 has launched a call worth close to €1 billion for proposal for Research and Innovation Actions along with a deadline on 26 January 2021. Water is an horizontal topic that can feature is several priorities, in particular: Testing and demonstrating systemic innovations in support of the Farm-to-Fork Strategy (LC-GD-6-1-2020); Demonstration of systemic solutions for the territorial deployment of the circular economy (LC-GD-3-2-2020); Climate-resilient Innovation Packages for EU regions ( LC-GD-1-3-2020); Restoring biodiversity and ecosystem services ( LC-GD-7-1-2020); Developing end-user products and services for all stakeholders and citizens supporting climate adaptation and mitigation (LC-GD-9-2-2020); Towards Climate-Neutral and Socially Innovative Cities (LC-GD-1-2-2020); Innovative, systemic zero-pollution solutions to protect health, environment and natural resources from persistent and mobile chemicals ( LC-GD-8-1-2020). Further information on EMWIS website


32- Call for abstract: 2nd International Conference on Transboundary Aquifers. Groundwater is the most abundant source of freshwater worldwide. This makes it crucial to socio-ecological systems and the source of at least half of the planet population. The abstracts should be in English only (less than 400 words) and it should address a subject on one of the topics of the Conference.The Scientific Committee will select the abstracts, the selected author will be requested to prepare full length papers. The proceedings will include keynote lectures and accepted papers and will be published online by UNESCO-IHP. Authors of accepted contributions will be notified by end of March 2021. There is a limit of 6 pages for each paper (320 words per page), and 3 pages (320 words per page) for each poster, including figures, tables and references. The participants are kindly requested to submit their abstracts by 30 December 2020. Further information on EMWIS website.


33- The EPNAC group and the International Office for Water are adapting: initially scheduled in October 2020, the technical information day for the staff of public institutions, communities and private organizations will take place on January 21, 2021 and will be 100% digital.In order to disseminate and share the acquired knowledge with all the actors of sanitation (public and private spheres), the EPNAC group (Evaluation of New Sanitation Processes for Small and Medium-Sized Communities) has commissioned OiEau to organize an Information Day which will cover the following themes:Improvement of sanitation processes,Wet weather sanitation compliance,Sizing of storm overflow weirs, State of the art of Vegetated Rejection Zones, Connection control,Desphosphatisation by apatites, State of the art and management of Filters Planted with Reeds. Funded in the same way as a technical training, this information day will be an opportunity to meet and exchange with EPNAC experts and to ask them your questions on urban wastewater or stormwater management structure. Further information on EMWIS website.

Events / changes due to COVID19


[2020/11/30 - 2020/12/03] IWA Digital Water Summit

Further information on EMWIS website


[2020/11/26 - 2020/11/26] URBAN GREENUP WEBINAR: Vertical Greening

Further information on EMWIS website

[2020/11/19 - 2020/11/19] UFMs and CIHEAM online event: Mainstreaming Gender in Covid-19 Recovery Responses of Agri-food sectors and Rural Areas. Further information on EMWIS website


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

Further information on EMWIS website


[2020/11/08 - 2020/11/13] 4th Mediterranean Water Forum postponed to 2021

Further information on EMWIS website


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

Further information on EMWIS website

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

Further information on EMWIS website

[2020/11/03 - 2020/11/06] ECOMONDO: The Green technology export

Further information on EMWIS website


[2020/10/28 - 2020/10/30]  IWRA's Online Conference: Addressing Groundwater Resilience under Climate Change

Further information on EMWIS website


[2020/10/18 - 2020/10/22]  Cairo Water Week 2020

Further information on EMWIS website


[2020/10/07 - 2020/10/09] 13th International Scientific Conference on Energy and Climate Change

Further information on EMWIS website

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

Further information on EMWIS website


[2020/09/24 - 2020/09/24] Water and Peace Conference

Further information on EMWIS website


[2020/09/22 - 2020/09/23] Conference on Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems Nexus Scientific Advances in the Mediterranean Region-Postponed until May 2021

Further information on EMWIS website


[2020/09/21 - 2020/09/21] ENI SEIS II SOUTH online Closing Event

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