Euro-Mediterranean Information System on know-how in the Water sector
International portal

HTML Document EMWIS Flash 167 October-November 2023

Released 01/12/2023

EMWIS Flash Nov


EMWIS Flash October- November 2023
Euro-Mediterranean Information System on the know-how in the Water Sector
For further information: & check our page at facebook
Flash produced by the EMWIS Technical Unit- OIEAU, DG Agua, SOGESID
Mediterranean Water Knowledge Platform
Geo-Catalogue / UfM-Water 
Supromed / PAWA / NWRM / CRONUSSustain-COAST / SWOS / AGREEMED/ HYDROUSA/ Med Greenhouses/ OURMED / SAFERS/ Mediterranean sustainable cities


In this issue N°167 (


1- Euro-INBO conference 2023 and Kick of the 5th Mediterranean Water Forum, Valencia Spain

In Brief

2- The Third International Conference on Water and Climate 

3- Cairo Water Week  focused on “Action on Water Adaptation for Sustainability”

4-  European Business & Nature Summit 2023

5- European Union-Union for the Mediterranean-African Development Bank Conference on Water Finance and Investments, 30 -31 October in Cairo

6- DIGITAL 4 WATER  event in Morocco 26-27 October 2023

7- Regional conference on urban efficient water: mainstreaming integrated planning and management approaches, Sfax, Tunisia 7-8 November 2023
8- Call for contributions: send your proposal of case study/article on waste & plastics in aquatic ecosystems for the next INBO's handbook!

9- Mediterranean of the Future VI Every drop counts. Water is life!

10- EdiCitNet: Final meeting on edible cities, Berlin, September 4-5

11-  AGREEMed groundwater over-exploitation impacts presented at the European Association of Agricultural Economists Congress in Rennes (France)

12- SAFERS Wild-fire risk management solutions demonstrated in El Perelló (Catalonia)

13- CRONUS biogaz technologies at the EUBCE Field Trip 2023 and clustering events

14- OurMED: Engaging and educating children about drought and water quality

15- CARDIMED: The new Horizon Europe project on "Climate Adaptation and Resilience Demonstrated In the MEDiterranean region"

16- MAGNUM, Meliá’s commitment to improving hotel water management through a digital twin

17- Italy  tables ‘drought’ decree to address severe water crisis

18- Spain: Ambitious programme for digitizing the full water cycle, more than 3000 M euros

Egypt: Thermodynamic solar power to desalinate seawater

20- Morocco speeds up desalination projects as drought persists

21- Tunisia is studying the construction of underground dams to collect water

22- Jordan: EU increases financial support to Jordan during crisis to solve water scarcity

23-  Cost of Water: France Public Water demands accompanying measures








1- The Euro-INBO conference took place in Valencia 16-19 October. The conference focused on with 5 sessions on the management of nonpoint source pollution, new challenges for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive (WFD)in relation with other European water directives, integrating reuse to cope with droughts and water scarcity, he role of the different actors in the implementation of the WFD, transboundary and international cooperation. In addition 2 workshops were organised, one on innovative water gouvernance to face water shortages, jointly organised by 3 Horizon Europe projects Govaqua, Innwater and ReTouch; and on river management in a climate change context organised with French Biodiversity Agency (OFB). Presentations and conclusions are available from INBO website. The kick-off meeting of the 5th Mediterranean Water Forum was organised side-by-side to the conference on Thursday 18 October, giving the opportunity for participants to follow sessions from both events and take part in side visits to Valencia unique water tribunal or to Albufeira wetland. Both events were supported by the Ministry for the Ecological Transition and the Demographic Challenge of Spain (MITECO) and the Mediterranean Network of Basin Organizations (MENBO). The 5th Med Water forum will take place in Tunis on 5-6 February 2024. The key topics of the forum were proposed in Valencia, with opportunity for Mediterranean stakeholders to be involved. Further information on EMWIS website


IN BRIEF (Full news)

2- Over 500 participants from all over the world attended the 3rd edition of the International Conference on Water and Climate (ICWC), held on July 6 and 7 in Fez. The event, part of a partnership between the World Water Council, the Moroccan Ministry of Equipment and Water and the International Network of Basin Organizations (INBO), was an opportunity for participants to discuss the challenges of water management in the context of climate change. The Fez Declaration called for greater sharing of best practices in integrated water resource management, particularly at basin and local level, and for the promotion and inclusion of innovation and new technologies to improve knowledge and use of water resources, as well as control of water mobilization costs.  Find out more about the ICWC and read the Fez Declaration hereFurther information on EMWIS website

3- Cairo Water Week is an annual event of great significance, a congregation of global experts, policymakers, and stakeholders dedicated to addressing the pressing water-related challenges facing our world. Held in the vibrant city of Cairo, Egypt, this event serves as a crucial platform for exchanging knowledge, sharing innovative solutions, and fostering international cooperation in the realm of water resources. With a focus on sustainable development, Cairo Water Week tackles a wide spectrum of issues, from water scarcity and quality to the impacts of climate change on water ecosystems. The event's comprehensive agenda includes seminars, workshops, and discussions, offering a diverse range of perspectives and strategies to shape a more water-secure and sustainable future for communities worldwide. By convening experts and thought leaders from across the globe, Cairo Water Week plays a pivotal role in fostering a deeper understanding of water-related challenges and driving the necessary changes to ensure water security for all. This year Cairo Water Week was held from 29th October – 2nd November 2023 under the thematic "Action on Water Adaptation for Sustainability".  Further information on EMWIS website

4- The European Business & Nature Summit (EBNS) is an event of the highest calibre for forward-looking businesses looking to develop and discuss sustainable business models holding biodiversity conservation at that their core. SEMIDE's director had the privilege of chairing the session focusing on "Harnessing Nature's Potential: Exploring Business Adoption of Nature-Based Solutions in Coastal and Freshwater Ecosystems", with a round table featuring UNEP Financial Initiative, Aqua Publica Europea and the European Commission DG Research (Biodiversity and NBS). A range of challenges were identified, such as: low financial return rates for the business sector and the need of standardised approach to value nature and social services provided by NBS; ownership of NBS as capital assets and responsibility in maintaining them, land availability to implement NBS, behavioral resistance to change. Participants agreed that in the future we will  need to always consider in priority green solutions, but moving to grey ones when necessary (e.g. to face extreme events). Recording of all workshops are available  here.

5- The 'European Union-Union for the Mediterranean-African Development Bank Conference on Water Finance and Investments: Applying a Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems (WEFE) Nexus Approach to Water Finance and Investments' was held during the Cairo Water Week from October 30th to 31st, 2023, adopting a hybrid format. This edition of the EU-UfM Conference on Water Finance and Investments marked an expansion of its geographical scope through a collaborative effort with the African Development Bank (AfDB). These conferences have been consistently organized by the EU delegation in Cairo and the UfM since 2019, with the primary objective of elevating the importance of water investment and finance issues on the Mediterranean political agenda. They also aim to continue supporting UfM countries in enhancing their water investment and finance policies. In 2021 and 2022, the European Union and the African Development Bank co-organized the European Union-African Development Bank Water Investment Forum, which took place within the framework of Cairo Water Week. Given the shared goals and target regions, the EU and the UfM are actively considering integrating these events into a single platform that would cover both the Mediterranean region and the entire African continent. In the past editions of the EU-UfM water and investment forums, special emphasis was placed on desalination in 2021 and climate change in 2022. The 2023 edition placed a distinct focus on the WEFE Nexus, aligning with the interests of UfM member states and stakeholders. This choice stemmed from the outcomes of the 1st Regional WEFE Nexus Roundtable in the Mediterranean and the 13th Meeting of the UfM Water Expert Group (WEG13) held concurrently in Rabat in June 2023. Stakeholders emphasized that advancing integrated policy-making in the WEFE Nexus requires adequate financing. Further information on EMWIS website

6- After three successful sessions, the fourth edition of the "Future in Africa" event was held on October 25 and 26, 2023, under the theme: "Digital for Water: Digital Water for Improved Water Management." This continental symposium highlighted the various opportunities offered by digitalization in addressing water scarcity in Morocco and Africa. Innovative digital transformation in the water sector is seen as a key driver for sustainable natural resource management and the development of water-related industries in agriculture and manufacturing. The "Future in Africa" project aligns perfectly with the 2022-2027 Regional Development Program of the Casablanca-Settat region, integrating digital technologies to enhance public services, promote innovation, and strengthen coordination, thereby contributing to regional growth. The event covered various topics related to the digital management of water resources, including the role of digitalization in enhancing efficiency across the water sector, its importance in innovation, education, and environmental performance improvement, and its relationship with technology to boost water performance. Additionally, the event explored digital innovations in agriculture and introduced Digital4Water FIA23, shedding light on the Regional Water Observatory. "Future in Africa" serves as a platform for bringing together public and private stakeholders in the water and digital sectors along with technology service providers. The event aimed to facilitate the exchange of best practices and the discussion of emerging trends in water management, distribution, and utilization in the context of today's technological advancements. Further information on EMWIS website

7- As part of the ValEUr-Gabès project, the partners organized a regional conference for the dissemination of results and capitalization of good practices of the project, with the support of the Mediterranean Water Institute, associated partner of the project. To promote fertilization mutual debates, strengthen the presence of regional actors and create synergies which promote the taking into account of the results of several projects in political debates and better visibility of the contribution of municipalities in efficient water management, this conference is part of the activities of the Mediterranean Water Forum, preparatory of the World Water Forum to be held in Bali, Indonesia in 2024. SEMIDE took part at the conference and presented examples of replication of innovative solutions of the use of unconventional water in the Mediterranean region, in particular from HYDROUSA project. Further information on EMWIS website

8- The INBO Secretariat is producing a new methodological guide on the transfer of waste and plastics into aquatic environments.  This manual will be added to the collection of "INBO Manuals", the first of which was published in 2009 and can be consulted here. This publication, like the manuals produced in 2009, 2012, 2015, 2021 and 2022 on Integrated Transboundary Water Resources Management, on adaptation to climate change, on Water Information Systems, on the participation or restoration of ecosystems, on water policing or on cities connected to basins, will be based on concrete experience and know-how acquired in the field around the world.  Edited and published in English, French and Spanish, the handbook will be presented at the 10th World Water Forum in Bali in May 2024. The purpose of this handbook is to present : i)Waste and aquatic environments, with a review of knowledge on its characterisation, sources and impacts, the management of waste flows in rivers and streams, and upstream management and reduction. ii)Plastics flows in river basins, with a review of their characterisation and quantification, their sources and their impact on aquatic environments, not forgetting solutions for reducing their impact. iii) Concrete examples of solutions implemented from around the world will be distilled from the pages of these chapters. You can download a draft table of contents of this handbook. As with INBO's previous publications, your contributions to this new "Handbook on the Transfer of Waste and Plastics in Aquatic Environments" through case studies, testimonials and recommendations are highly appreciated and are expected according to the template proposed here, specifying the chapter concerned by 15th December.  Further information on INBO website

9- On September 22, Marseille played host to act 6 of Méditerranée du Futur, a major event bringing together 36 delegations determined to tackle climate change adaptation from a water perspective. The event was organized by Région Sud-Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur. Round tables highlighted the imperative of a macro-regional strategy and laid the foundations for essential solutions for water management in the Mediterranean basin. Projections are showing that by 2030, almost 30% of the European population will live in regions where water will be a scarce resource. The main challenges are unequal access to this vital resource, as well as disparities in access to infrastructure, particularly in Mauritania, where water flows to financial interests, generating conflict and health crises. Nevertheless, inspiring solutions were presented, in particular the “No Water, No Us” initiative, which invest in wastewater reuse to promote sustainable water management. These discussions underlined the crucial importance of water as a collective issue, and called for massive investment in infrastructure to solve leakage problems and encourage wastewater reuse in agriculture. View the replay of the event. Further information on EMWIS website

10- SEMIDE as partner in the H2020 project The Edible Cities Network, together with the city of Nice in France took part in EdiCitNet final meeting held in Berlin on September 4 and 5. This project, which brought together cities from around the world, aims to create more sustainable urban communities by encouraging responsible food practices, promoting urban agriculture, and reducing our ecological footprint. It's an important step towards building a greener, healthier future for all. Over the past five years, the Edible Cities Network project has tirelessly worked towards transforming our urban landscapes into thriving, sustainable, and green havens. From urban gardens to vertical farms and community kitchens, we've embraced Edible City Solutions (ECS) to make our cities better places to live.  Nice was proudly represented at this international event and shared its experience in developing urban agriculture projects and its vision of a more resilient city in the face of environmental challenges. Over the course of two intensive days, we had the opportunity to meet representatives from other cities around the world, learn from best practices, and actively contribute to the future of the Edible Cities Network. This fruitful exchange strengthens our determination to work towards a more balanced and ecological urban environment. Further information on EdiCitNet website 

11- AGREEMed project took center stage at the XVII Congress of the European Association of Agricultural Economists (EAAE) in Rennes, France held  from August 29th to September 1st, 2023. EAAE Congress is a triennial event that bring together the whole Association Membership, providing an important occasion for the exchange of innovative ideas on research and teaching in the field of Agricultural Economics and related ones. Moreover, it has been the traditional venue for establishing long-term research collaborations instrumental to succeeding in the most challenging research proposals and projects. Lastly, Congresses have become a time of fruitful dialogue between academia, policy makers, agribusiness and representatives of civil society.  IAMM, one of AGREEMed dedicated partners, proudly presented a scientific poster shedding light on: "The Impact of Overexploitation of Groundwater Resources on the Resilience of Agricultural Farms in Semi-arid Zones." Learn more about AGREEMed

12- The Pau Costa Foundation (PCF) organized the Spanish demonstration of the European project SAFERS that took place in El Perelló (Catalonia) from Monday 9 to Wednesday 11 October 2023 with the support and collaboration received from the local Forest Defense Volunteers (ADF) and Enervent S.L. The main objective of this event is to assess the capabilities of the tested services (such as the Chatbot for citizens and volunteers, Sub-seasonal weather forecast, Operational early-warnings, Smoke and fire detection systems, Fire propagation model, EO-based fire delineation models and the EO-based post-wildfire monitoring) to improve the management of wildfire risk across all the phases of the emergency management cycle (i.e., prevention & preparedness, detection & response, adaptation & restoration), including the engagement with citizens. During the demonstration, the functionalities of the SAFERS Intelligent Services (beta version) were tested for the third time in a controlled and realistic environment with data and information from the well-known event of El Perelló fire of 2019. This allowed for gathering information on the reliability and usefulness of the proposed service in simulated in-field scenarios while testing its adaptability to different scenarios and landscapes. The demonstration involved technical entities, first responders, local authorities and citizens as well as the projects’ partners. This event is the third out of the four project demos. The first was performed in Corsica-France in October 2022 and the second pilot took place in February 2023 in Piedmont (Italy). The last pilot demonstration will be executed in Greece in December 2023. Learn more about SAFERS platform

13- 22 HORIZON and H2020 projects, concerning biofuels and biomethane, came together to set up collaboration, gather lessons learnt & create synergies. The project coordinator NTUA represented the CRONUS HORIZON project at the cluster meeting organised by CINEA (European Climate, Infrastructure and Environment Executive Agency) and  in the Introductory workshop of the EUBCE Field Trip 2023 Finnish Bio-Innovation held on 1-7 October 2023 in Finland. The field trip was organised by EUBCE – European Biomass Conference & Exhibition and attracted the participation of 15 representatives from european academic, pioneer energy industries and policy makers and consultants who had the chance to experience first-hand state of the art Finnish Bio-innovation by visiting a number of more than 8 biorefineries in Finland. Learn more about CRONUS.

14- As an integral component of the OurMED project, the German team successfully conducted 2 workshops in Magdeburg,  the first one was held on July 18th to 19th, 2023, focused on comprehending the profound consequences of prolonged droughts on both forest ecosystems and water quality. This engaging and informative workshop was specially designed to engage and educate children, and the second one on September 22nd   was about the integration of multi-parameter sensors and remote sensing. More information about OurMED objectives and services are available on OurMED website

15- The kick off meeting of CARDIMED project was held in Athens from 27-29 September 2023. CARDIMED is a HORIZON project aims at  introducing a framework to build Climate Resilience in the Mediterranean biogeographical region, efficiently unifying individual efforts of regions and communities across different countries and continents. This will be achieved by deploying the digital infrastructure to harmonise the data collection and evaluation processes, providing open data to all the actors involved in the Nature-based Solutions (NBS) value chain and integrating crucial functions for Climate Resilience. Among these functions, smart digital tools for citizen participation and capacity building will supplement an ambitious multi-stakeholder engagement strategy, focused on knowledge translation and impact pathways. Furthermore, holistic modelling tools introducing the Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems (WEFE) Nexus approach will provide comprehensive knowledge on the complex NBS interfaces, that will decisively contribute to addressing socio-ecological challenges, along with issues of valuation and low-investment rate in NBS. These actions will be implemented across 9 demonstration sites, composed of 10 regions, 20 locations and 28 communities and comprising 47 NBS that directly relate to over 80 interventions and supporting units that tackle climate change and circularity challenges. The consolidation of the demonstrating regions and communities will establish the CARDIMED Regional Alliance, that will function as the vehicle for expanding the network via upscaling the existing sites and adding new ones. The project includes 5 transferability cases, as well as an additional 10 that will be defined during the implementation from Europe and MENA regions. Through these actions, the CARDIMED alliance will achieve at least 28 regions and 70 communities by 2030, will create 8000 jobs especially in the NBS sector, and will leverage over 450M€ in climate investment. Learn more about CARDIMED

16- Water management has reached a crucial moment due to the effects of climate change, urgently requiring a new paradigm to ensure it is sustainably managed. MAGNUM is the new project by Meliá Hotels International, Cetaqua, IDP and Aquatec, which aims to develop a pilot tool capable of addressing the greatest challenges in sustainable water management in the tourism sector. It will promote responsible water consumption through the combination of the latest advances in digitisation, water footprint and behavioural sciences. This innovation project, due to run until 2025, is financed with NextGen funds in line with the RETOS programme, which is aimed at public-private partnership initiatives to advance scientific knowledge. The project will develop a digital twin of the water infrastructure for the two Meliá hotels, creating a virtual replica of the hotel for remote, real-time data monitoring and analysis. The tool, known as MAGNUM Digital Twin, will allow us to tackle the global challenge of monitoring the impact of the tourism sector on the environment and water in particular. Thus MAGNUM will improve the efficiency of Meliá hotels in monitoring water consumption and identifying anomalies and areas for improvement for sustainable water use in hotel infrastructures. The project will begin by implementing the solution and digitising the water system at two of its flagship hotels, Gran Meliá Palacio de Isora (Isora, Tenerife) and Meliá Palma Marina (Palma de Mallorca). After on-site testing, it will be deployed in the rest of the Group’s hotels. Further information on EMWIS website

17- Italy has been frequently plagued by drought during the summer months, with last year seeing a “state of calamity” declared in several regions due to the worst drought in 70 years. This year, the situation is expected to worsen as the country has experienced exceptionally low rainfall over the winter. “The goal is to get through the summer because the level of rivers, glaciers and lakes, especially in northern Italy, is dramatic. Infrastructure Minister Matteo Salvini proposed a decree, approved by the Council of Ministers on 6 April, that aims to expedite authorisation procedures for water infrastructures. It includes the creation of a task force reporting to Salvini and appointing an extraordinary national commissioner whose mandate will expire at the end of December but may be extended for an additional year. Further information on EMWIS website 

18- The control and correct management of water use in Spain is a constant challenge, in which the different administrations work in a coordinated manner for its correct management. This project promotes the use of new information technologies in the integral water cycle, which will improve its management, increase its efficiency, reduce losses in supply networks and advance in compliance with the environmental objectives set by the hydrological planning and international regulations. The Strategic projects for economic recovery and transformation (PERTE) for digitalization of the water cycle was configured in its drafting as a strategic programme with the forecast of mobilizing 3,060 million euros in public and private investments in the coming years. It also seeks to activate the creation of nearly 3,500 quality jobs, opening new professional niches in water management in fields such as engineering, data processing, science and telecommunications professionals. It will finance aid programs to promote the digitalization of different water users. The main objective of these subsidies is to advance the protection of the environment, improve the management of water resources and the fight against climate change and the demographic challenge. Throughout this year and in 2024, several calls for aid will be launched for administrations and entities competent in the urban water cycle , industry and for communities of irrigators and groundwater users. This line of action has a direct investment of 1,700 million euros, which will involve an additional mobilization of 1,120 million in public-private collaboration. 200 million euros will be allocated to digitalization in irrigation. Among other measures, these aid will be aimed at increasing the implementation of meters at water intakes and on plots, improving soil humidity and conductivity control systems, increasing the measurement of fertilizer contributions or automating irrigation systems. PERTE proposes an investment of 225 million euros to modernize and promote digitalization in basin organizations and Automatic Hydrological Information Systems. Beyond facilitating the digitalization of administrative procedures, the project will serve to strengthen discharge monitoring and control programs through real-time monitoring systems.
Further information on EMWIS website

19- Faced with water stress in Egypt, the authorities are betting on seawater desalination to meet the needs of the new towns being built in the north-west of the country. The seawater will be treated using thermodynamic solar energy. How can seawater desalination be carried out, taking into account its characteristics, particularly in terms of energy? The Egyptian Electricity Holding Company (EEHC) is opting for desalination using thermodynamic solar energy. The state-owned company has just launched the second phase of a call for tenders for the construction of five concentrated solar power (CSP) plants as part of a public-private partnership (PPP). Following pre-qualification, several companies have been selected. They include Aqualia, a supplier of water treatment solutions based in Madrid, Spain, the Norwegian independent power producer (IPP) Scatec, the French energy company Engie, the Emirati company Amea Power and the Japanese company Toyota Tsusho, which is stepping up its investments in the energy sector in Africa. EEHC is targeting a combined capacity of 250 MW for an investment of $270 million. The power stations connected to Egypt’s national grid are expected to produce clean electricity for 25 years to power desalination plants with a combined capacity of 400,000 m3 per day. With this initiative, Egypt is set to take its first steps in the production of solar energy from concentrated solar power plants. Further information on EMWIS website

20- Years of successive droughts emptied reservoirs pushing Morocco to speed up its desalination plans with new plants scheduled for Casablanca and Nador in 2027. Dam filling rate has dropped to 23% in Morocco on average in November with some critical dams such as Al Massira- supplying Casablanca- completely depleted.Construction works for the biggest desalination plant in Casablanca would start next year. It will be able to pump fresh water by 2027, according to the water ministry. The Casablanca desalination plant will have a capacity of 300 cubic meters, enough to ensure water security of Morocco’s largest city and its surroundings. Morocco has achieved the first phase of a waterway connecting the water-rich basin of Sebou to a dam near Rabat that also supplies northern Casablanca. This waterway helped avert water supply disruptions in Casablanca, pending the desalination plant. The same waterway would channel water to the region of Oum Rbia, to bring fresh water needed for irrigation needs of the agricultural region of Doukkala. Further information on EMWIS website

21-On October 23, 2023, the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources, and Fisheries confirmed that they will construct 31 new dams by the year 2050. Some of the dams will dig underground to collect water and prevent its evaporation due to climate changes.  Tunisia, like many other countries, is suffering from the effects of climate change and recurring years of drought. The current focus of the Ministry of Agriculture is to mitigate these changes and provide water to all citizens and sectors. They are also moving towards the increased use of non-conventional water sources, desalinated water, treated water, and recycling. Further information on EMWIS website

22-  The European Commission announced in November a substantial EU support package for Jordan worth 902 million euros. The announcement was made during a visit by King Abdullah II in Brussels. According to the Commission’s press statement, his discussions with European Commission President von der Leyen focused on recent developments and the need to avoid a negative spill-over in the region, where Jordan plays a key stabilising role. The support package consists of 402 million euros in grants and 500 million euros in loans by the European Investment Bank. It includes185 million euros package focused on among others improving education and technical training for the youth and two new initiatives worth 110 million euros in total to promote the private sector development and education.Investments in Jordan to address the existing water shortage is also part of the package. The EU has just signed with the European Investment Bank (EIB) a first 50 million euros grant contribution to the vital Aqaba Amman Water Desalination and Conveyance project and adopted an additional 47 million euros EU contribution for the project, complementing previous financing. The project will provide 300 million cubic meters of drinking water every year to Jordan once operational in 2027. The EU also continues to support Syrian refugees in Jordan. In response to the Syrian crisis, the EU has provided over €2.2 billion in humanitarian and non-humanitarian assistance to Jordan. Further information on EMWIS website

23- The cost of water is increasing, and two factors explain it: the inflation of energy prices and the surge in reagent prices," stated Dan Lert, president of Eau de Paris, during a press briefing of the France Public Water network on Wednesday, October 11. Accordingly, for the Parisian authority, between 2011 and 2023, energy prices tripled, and the prices of water treatment products doubled. In a context of necessary frugality, as requested by the Water Plan, the network of public water operators calls for the implementation of measures to counterbalance the situation. He thus advocates for a tariff shield to also apply to services and for sanitation services to benefit from a 5.5% VAT rate (instead of the current 10%). "Users of water and sanitation services should not bear the costs of the Government's Water Plan alone, funded by the fees of drinking water users," said Dan Lert. France Public Water calls for better application of the polluter-pays principle. This issue is part of the reform of water agency fees being discussed in the National Assembly as part of the 2024 budget bill. Further information on EMWIS website



24-  Vacancy: UT SEMIDE is hiring a European Projects Officer responsible for analyzing the value of innovative environmental products and strategies. The role includes developing business models, navigating environmental regulations in the Euro-Mediterranean region, and spearheading project communication. If you're skilled in project management and passionate about the environment, this is a great opportunity to contribute to impactful initiatives. Further information on EMWIS website 

25- Vacancy: OiEau is hiring a socio-economic and political analyst for its European projects. The workplace is located in France, Limoges or Sophia Antipolis. Further information on OiEau website.

26- On September 2023 the Council has appointed Iliana Ivanova (Bulgaria) as the new European Commissioner, succeeding Mariya Gabriel. She will lead the portfolio of innovation, research, culture, education, and youth until October 31, 2024. Further information on EMWIS website 



27- Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems pathways towards reducing water scarcity in Europe: published by JRC. In this study, five policy relevant water saving measures are considered, i.e., improvement of efficiency scenarios for irrigation, reduction of leakage in the urban water supply, re-using treated wastewater, reducing energy water withdrawals and desalination. The largest challenge in comparing the what-if and reference scenario is the choice of a single, fit-for-purpose indicator that can give a qualitative indication on the performance of the scenario, and still capture the complexity of the issue. In this work, the Water Exploitation Index Plus (WEI+) indicator is used to estimate the impact of water saving measures on water scarcity in current climate. Further information on EMWIS website

28- Activity book – Water is life, water is food:
published by FAO. This Activity Book is aimed at a broad age range of young people interested in learning more about the importance of water on our planet, inspiring them with solutions for a wiser management of water resources. Governments, the private sector, farmers, academia, civil society and individuals need to work together to address global water challenges. The book highlights the importance to produce more food and other essential agricultural commodities with less water, while ensuring water is distributed equally, our aquatic food systems are preserved, and nobody is left behind. EMWIS website

29- Conclusions report on the Implementation of the European Union's Water Directives by EURO-INBO : The report brings together the themes discussed during the conference sessions and workshops:
•    Current EU policies on river basin management and how they are evolving
•    Water and agriculture: managing diffuse pollution
•    New challenges for the implementation of the Water Framework Directive in relation to other European water directives
•    Adapting to climate change: integrating reuse to deal with droughts and water scarcity
•    The role of the various stakeholders in implementing the Water Framework Directive
•    Cross-border and international cooperation
Download the detailed report here.




30-  Call for Projects MAIF Fund for the Living - Nature 2050: Every year, the MAIF Fund for the Living collects a portion of the ecological dividend established by MAIF and its subsidiaries. In 2023, this amount amounts to €4.68 million. It will be used to finance the call for projects of the MAIF Fund for the Living - Nature 2050, to support the emergence and sustainability of actions in favor of biodiversity and the adaptation of territories to climate change. The call for projects includes: The use of nature-based solutions Intended to restore, preserve, and sustainably manage ecosystems to adapt territories and protect us from climate risks. Further information on EMWIS website

31- Innov Eau: Launched on July 13th as part of France 2030, this call for projects corresponds to Measure 48 of the Water Plan announced by the President of the Republic on March 30, 2023. With a budget of 100 million euros, it aims to support groundbreaking technologies across the entire water value chain:
Theme 1: Acting upstream on natural resource management in a context of climate change.
Theme 2: Water conservation: secure supply while effectively limiting water losses and influencing water usage.
Theme 3: Enhance treatment to sustainably improve water and environmental quality.
Theme 4: Cross-cutting - Develop digital and data solutions.
This call for projects is managed by ADEME and will have four selection waves between 2023 and 2025. The first deadline is on December 4th. Further information on EMWIS website

32- Interreg NEXT MED Programme announces upcoming first call for proposals: The Managing Authority of the Interreg NEXT MED Programme, in agreement with the representatives of the 15 participating countries, annouced  the upcoming first call for proposals set to be launched by mid-November.  With a substantial budget of 103.6 million euros, this call represents a unique opportunity to fund transnational cooperation projects aimed at catalyzing positive transformations, nurturing collective progress, and encouraging sustainable and inclusive development throughout the Mediterranean area.



33- Call for Abstracts - geoENV2024 conference organized in Chania between 19-21 of June 2024 in case you are interested in participating. The abstract submission period is now open. More information here
34- Sustain-Istanbul: Towards Sustainable Groundwater Use under Changing Climate, Boğaziçi University, October 9-12, 2024 - Session proposals are open.

35- Call for Session Contribution Expression of Interest: The 10th World Water Forum is seeking session ideas.You can contribute by suggesting session ideas or getting actively involved in preparation by submitting forms. The deadline is December 18th, 2023 (23:59 CET). More information are available here


[2023/12/15- 2024/12/15] 3rd online Conference on “The Restoration of Mediterranean Wetlands: the Wetland-Based Solutions”, Online

Further information on Event website

[2024/02/05 - 2024/02/07] Mediterranean Water Forum, Tunisa

Further information on Event website

[2024/02/14 - 2024/02/16] Conservation and Management of Wetlands to Tackle Climate Change, Sapin

Further information on Event website

[2024/04/14 - 2024/04/19] EGU 2024 , Vienna

Further information on Event website



- This is a monthly Flash provided by the EMWIS Technical Unit (sent to: 30 000 subscribers).
- The EMWIS Flash gives you regular and quality information on the water sector in the Euro-Mediterranean area. The main headlines are: Institutions, Documentation, Training, Research and Development, Data Administration. You will also find updates on: international events, relevant web sites, the Euro-Med Water programme of the European Commission, and much more ... 
- You can view this Flash and also the previous issues in our website.
- This Flash is also yours, please give us your comments and information to improve it contact the EMWIS Technical Unit.

- In agreement with the new EU General Data Protection Regulation, if you would like to have your name and e-mail-address deleted from our data base and information systems, please send a request to