The kick-off meeting of “AQUACYCLE – Towards Sustainable Treatment and Reuse of Wastewater in the Mediterranean Region” was successfully held in the premises of the Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) on 30 September- 01 October 2019. The project is co-funded by the European Union in the frame of the ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme 2014-2020. The EU contribution amounts to €2.5 million (for a total budget of €2.8 million). The beneficiary countries are Greece, Lebanon, Malta, Spain and Tunisia.
Treated municipal water is commonly underexploited throughout the region. To address this challenge, AQUACYCLE is set to bring an eco-innovative wastewater treatment technology that will consist of anaerobic digestion, constructed wetlands and solar treatment for the cost-effective treatment of urban wastewater with minimal costs of operation and maximum environmental benefits.
The main achievements of the kick-off meeting were:
- Setting a joint starting line (history and expectations);
- Establishing a joint vision of the project and a common view of the project structure and objectives;
- Clarifying and understanding the administrative, contractual and financial management principles;
- Setting the implementation strategy and agree own responsibilities;
- Defining steps for successful stakeholders involvement in the project and targets (action items) to be achieved within the first semester of the project.
The second meeting of the Project Steering Committee will be held in Malta during the first week of February 2020.
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.