Title and acronym: Non Conventional WAter Re-use in Agriculture in MEditerranean countries – MENAWARA
Dates: 1 September 2019 - 31 August 2022
Location: Italy, Jordan, Palestine, Spain, Tunisia
Source of Funding: funded by the EU under the ENI CBC Med Programme (http://www.enicbcmed.eu/home); the total budget is € 2,903,917.60, out of which 2,613,525.84 as EU funding (90% contribution).
Role of NRD: Lead Beneficiary (LB)
Project coordinator: Alberto Carletti
About the project:
Mediterranean Countries are torn between old and new water policies, and water shortage experience is not related only to increasing demand, but also to poor infrastructure and management practices. The joint challenges of MENAWARA project consist of providing additional resources by recycling drainage and wastewater (WW), tapping water losses, rationalizing water use practices and setting operational governance models in line with national and international plans. The project is designed to enhance access to water through the treatment of wastewater to be re-used as complementary irrigation and to strengthen the capacity of governmental institutions, non-state actors operating in the sector, technicians and farmers. The action will reduce the stress on freshwater sources from agriculture sector and will improve the quality of treated wastewater (TWW) in agriculture. Clean and environmental friendly technological, managerial and operational innovation will be applied and results shared among relevant stakeholders. MENAWARA will play an important role in reducing water insecurity by designing the most suitable post-treatment and MAR systems for each intervention area and by promoting a sustainable agriculture.
The expected change is to improve the quality of NCW and increase its use in agriculture thus reducing the pressure on fresh water. Know-how, experiences and pilot project’s results will be transferred at regional and transnational levels, in the occasion of meetings, visits, trainings and events.
In the medium term, the implementation of the activity in the different areas and the related training will generate new jobs, also in synergy with national programs while the improving of irrigation systems supplied by high quality TWW will boost agricultural activity and indirectly cause the increase of jobs. In the long term, the engagement of associate partners, due to their institutional functions, will ensure the replicability of the actions thus generating multiplicative effects and so the creation of new jobs.