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Innovative Means to Protect Water Resources in the Mediterranean Coastal Areas through Re-Injection of Treated Water (IMPROWARE)

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Project Info

IMPROWARE is part of the Sustainable Water Integrated Management Programme (SWIM), a Regional Technical Assistance Programme launched by the European Commission to contribute to the extensive dissemination and effective implementation of sustainable water management policies and practices in the Southern Mediterranean Region.

IMPROWARE ultimate goal is to promote innovation and best practices for protecting water resources in Mediterranean coastal areas through re-injection of treated water.

As one of SWIM five demonstration projects, IMPROWARE pursues the following objectives in Egypt and Tunisia:

  • Identifying the existing and forthcoming threats to water resources.
  • Identifying best practices and solutions to tackle the water scarcity problem.
  • Adopting a more appropriate water consumption and water use model.
  • Designing and implementing sustainable water management policies at national level and within the ENPI Mediterranean region, in harmony with EU policies and with other international initiatives and agreements.

IMPROWARE is a demonstration project promoting innovation and best practices on water protection in Mediterranean coastal areas through re-injection of treated water.

Project Objectives

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.

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