CUEIM
 
 
 
Dec 19, 2017

IMPROWARE – Innovative Means to PROtect WAter REsources, in the Mediterranean coastal areas through re-injection of treated water

IMPROWARE is one of the five demonstration projects and acts as a combination of research (WP2 & WP3), demonstration activities (WP4) and a complex package of soft actions (public participation, capacity building, communication, dissemination and policies – WP5) for sustainable integrated wastewater treatment and reuse in two Mediterranean countries.

The project overall aim is to demonstrate and promote environmentally sustainable water management policies and practices in Egypt and Tunisia, challenging the deterioration of aquifers caused by saltwater intrusion due to over-exploitation and climate change. This will ultimately support the agricultural and economic activities of the local rural communities in the demonstration sites.

Partners:

CUEIM – University Consortium for Industrial and Managerial Economics (Italy)

CURSA – University Consortium for Socio-economics research and for the environment (Italy)

AAH – Aarhus Universitet (Denmark)

EEAA – Egyptian Environmental Affair Agency (Egypt)

ONAS – National Sanitation Utility (Tunisia)

 
Annuity
2012-2014
 
Goals

The project overall aim is to demonstrate and promote environmentally sustainable water management policies and practices in Egypt and Tunisia, challenging the deterioration of aquifers caused by saltwater intrusion due to over-exploitation and climate change. This will ultimately support the agricultural and economic activities of the local rural communities in the demonstration sites.

The specific objectives of the demonstration activities are:

  • To enhance the recharge of coastal aquifers by injecting treated wastewater of appropriate quality levels achieved via treatment plants, including constructed wetlands;
  •  To contrast the overexploitation of potable groundwater and increase water availability for local communities, addressing the saltwater intrusion;
  •  To disseminate the practices and lessons learnt during the project in the Egypt and Tunisia, using extensively a full participatory approach aiming to a wide stakeholders engagement.
 
Subdivision

The demonstration activities are expected:

  • To develop cost-effective, environmental-friendly, easily-replicable methodologies to treat waste water and reuse for aquifers’ recharge as “pilot” models in Egypt and Tunisia;
  • To promote the transfer of Know-how to other ENPI countries;
  • To build-up institutional and technical capacities at sub-regional and regional levels;
  • To increase regional co-operation in the area of sustainable and integrated water management.

IMPROWARE ultimately contributes to the empowerment of decision-makers and society at large in the Mediterranean in:

  •  tackling increasing demand for water resources;
  •  adapting to climate changes;
  •  acting against desertification.
 
Intended for

Destinatari Diretti: le Istituzioni rilevanti dei due Paesi Partner ENPI Egitto: a) Agenzia Egiziana sugli Affari Ambientali, b) il Governatorato del Sinai del Nord, c) il Ministero delle Risorse Idriche e Irrigazione – MWRI; d) l’Azienda capogruppo delle acque e delle acque reflue. Tunisia: a) Ufficio Nazionale per l’Igiene – ONAS, b) Direzione generale delle Risorse Idriche – DGRE, presso il Ministero dell’Agricoltura e delle Risorse d’acqua (MAgWR), c) Aggregazione di Sviluppo Agricolo – Sviluppo GDAl, d) uffici regionali agricoli CRDA, e) associazione tunisina di Protezione Ambiantale di Korba); – gli abitanti della aree intorno EI-Arish (Egitto) e Korba (Tunisia). Destinatari Indiretti:

  • autorità Pubbliche;
  • agenzie e Istituzioni di Sviluppo e Ambiente;
  • centri di Ricerca Nazionali;
  • centri e reti di comunicazione;
  • organizzazioni non governative nei paesi mediterranei ENPI;
  • la popolazione delle aree dove il progetto sarà replicato.
 
Research Output

IMPROWARE  has identified the following two sites in order to demonstrate and promote environmentally sustainable water management policies and practices in Egypt and Tunisia, challenging the deterioration of aquifers caused by saltwater intrusion due to over-exploitation and climate change:

  • Nobariya, Egypt
  • Korba, Tunisia