NAWAMED project kick-off meeting will be held on 26-28 November in Latina, Italy and will involve all the partners and some associated partners. NAWAMED is implemented in the framework of the ENI CBC MED Programme.
The target countries of the project, which aims at changing urban water management and fostering the use of Non-Conventional Water (NCW) resources thanks to innovative, sustainable, and low-cost nature-based solutions (NBS) are Italy, Tunisia, Jordan and Lebanon.
Jordan is among the poorest countries in the world on the basis of freshwater availability. Jordan’s water strategy for 2016-2025 considers the reuse of treated wastewater as an important resource to help to bridge the widening gap between diminishing supplies and increasing demands. In Lebanon, very little of the generated wastewater is treated and untreated wastewater is discharged to the nearest waterbody (rivers, lakes, groundwater and the sea) with a clear negative impact on the environment. In Tunisia, due to increasing restrictions in potable water availability, the reuse of treated wastewater is considered a strategic solution, as wastewater flow will grow with population and life quality.
NAWAMED (Nature Based Solutions for Domestic Water Reuse in Mediterranean Countries) concretely contributes at promoting and testing low-cost nature-based solutions for the decentralised NCW use at domestic level: in particular, the goals are to treat some 9.000 m3/year of water to be reused and to train at least 150 technicians, thus supporting capacity building.
The EU-funded ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme 2014-2020 offers cooperation opportunities between partners from the Mediterranean area in fields of intervention such as economic development, education and research, social inclusion and environmental protection.