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Event 5th International Monaco and the Mediterranean Symposium: Fair and sustainable management of fresh water in the Mediterranean

Today, fresh water in the Mediterranean represents 3% of the world’s resources. 30 million Mediterranean citizens have no access to healthy water and 27 million are without adequate sanitation. In 2050, a barrel of virtual water will cost as much as a barrel of oil. All this data confirms that fresh water management is a fundamental challenge for humankind, even more so in the face of climate change, demographic trends and the risks of trans-border and international conflict.


  • To bring together eminent experts in this field, which is so important for our survival, giving them an opportunity to present their projects to an audience of specialists, journalists and political representatives.
  • To encourage officials from Mediterranean countries to share ideas and work together on urgent programmes and on future projects.
  • To contribute to strengthening Euro-Mediterranean relations.
  • To build bridges between countries and protect the Mediterranean's heritage.
  • How have people managed fresh water throughout the millennia?
  • What remains today of the flourishing heritage of the past?
  • How can we address the challenge of fresh water scarcity in the future?
  • Three days of discussions (panel discussions and debates) open to the general public and to professionals and researchers from the Mediterranean countries
  • Two themes: water management from Antiquity to the Arab-Muslim civilisation and the presentation of innovative water management projects
  • 13 Mediterranean countries represented: 25 experts in Culture, Science and Technology
  • 1 country as guest of honour: its challenges for the future
  • Presentation of the RIMM Award for the best initiative in fair and sustainable water management, awarded by a jury of experts
  • Presentation of the GRECO Award to one of the 100 Mediterranean companies selected for their innovative initiatives in the use of environmentally efficient techniques
Scientific committee:
Jean MARGAT, Vice-Chairman of the Blue Plan for the Mediterranean and Vice-President of the
Mediterranean Water Institute (IME), Pietro LAUREANO, Specialist in traditional water systems
in arid zones, UNESCO consultant, Mr. Mohammed EL FAÏZ, Professor at the University Cadi
Ayyad of Marrakech, Toufik FTAÏTA, Lecturer at the University of Nice-Sophia-Antipolis,
Marie-Françoise COUREL, Former Director of the Department of Human and Social Sciences at
the CNRS.


Contact information Caterina Prochilo, Communication et Promotion, RENCONTRES INTERNATIONALES MONACO ET LA MÉDITERRANÉE (RIMM), 6, lacets Saint-Léon, MC 98000 Monaco/ Élisabeth BREAUD, Directrice et Présidente des RIMM/ Anne DANZIGER, Coordinatrice des Rencontres / Philippe MOJICA, Chargé de la Presse (email: ; ; ; )
Phone: + (0) 377 97 70 65 27 ; Fax: + (0) 377 97 77 76 39 / Tél. +33 (0)6 71 20 51 79
Event type Conference
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Source RIMM
Geographical coverage Monaco
Address Oceanographic Museum of MONACO
Organizer Under the High Patronage of H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco. It is supported by the Monegasque Government, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, the Group REVOLAIR WATER and NATURAIRWATER World-Wide, UNESCO, the Monegasque Chamber of Shipping, KB Luxembourg Bank Monaco and SMEG. The Symposium is organised in partnership with the Oceanographic Museum, the Foundation Albert I, Prince of Monaco, the CNRS, the Arab World Institute, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, ICCROM, the Regional Activity Centre for Cleaner Production, the University of Nice Sophia-Antipolis and the Mediterranean Water Institute (IME).
Target audience Regional
Period [26/03/2009 - 27/03/2009]
Status Confirmed
Working language(s) ENGLISH , FRENCH