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NEWS FLASH #8 -  July-September 2014


Sustainable Water Integrated Management (SWIM) aims to contribute to the extensive dissemination and effective implementation of sustainable water management policies and practices in the Southern Mediterranean Region in the context of increasing water scarcity, combined pressures on water resources from a wide range of users, desertification processes and in connection with climate change.

SWIM Partner Countries are: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia.

SWIM consists of two major Components, which are inter-related and complement each other:

  •  A Support Mechanism
  •  Five Demonstration Projects

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Contributing to the participatory irrigation management process in Jordan and Tunisia

In collaboration with the National partners and stakeholders in Jordan and Tunisia SWIM-SM has conducted a 2-day self-evaluation workshop (on 15-16 September in Jordan and 29-30 September in Tunisia) to evaluate the status of their Participatory Irrigation Management / Irrigation Management Transfer (PIM/IMT) process based on the results of applying the new monitoring and evaluation system (MONEVAS) that was developed by SWIM-SM and installed in selected pilot areas in the two countries.

The evaluation was based on the analysis of the results emanating from the entry of real data and information into the system – data entry for the national, regional and local levels.

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On-line course on Natural Wastewater Treatment Systems

The online course is expected to start in December 2014 (English version) and to last for a period of 3 months. It aims at building the capacity of water practitioners primarily in charge of selection, design, and operation of wastewater treatment plants from ministries, municipalities, agencies, establishments, councils, and regulatory authorities working in the field of wastewater.

Natural systems are considered a suitable solution for the lack of sewage treatment in rural and remote areas due to their low cost and ease of operation and maintenance.

The course is organized in partnership with UNESCO-IHE.

Regional workshop on the M&E system to monitor and evaluate the Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM) & Irrigation Management Transfer (IMT) Process in the South Mediterranean Countries (17-18 November 2014, Athens – Greece)

The Regional workshop aims to introduce the M&E system and the lessons learnt from the pilot implementation to the SWIM Partner Countries, the donors’ community and regional organisations actively involved in PIM and IMT, in order to identify recommendations for future actions including those needed to sustain the system and its application in the region and replicate the efforts in other countries.

Awareness raising campaign on environmental health issues related to the re-use of treated wastewater in irrigation in Algeria and Tunisia

A campaign directed to raise the awareness of farmers on the environmental and occupational health issues linked to the re-use of wastewater in irrigation, with the main objective to protect their health conditions and those of their families, helpers etc., is planned to be organised in the months of November-December 2014 in Algeria and Tunisia.

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Looking into the future of Sustainable Integrated Water Management in the South Mediterranean Region : the 4th SWIM-SM Steering Committee Meeting

The Fourth Steering Committee Meeting of SWIM-SM will be held in Barcelona on 15-16 December 2014 with the aim of presenting and discussing the achievements of the project in 2014, the preliminary results of its external evaluation and the work plan proposed for 2015.

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SWIM IMPROWARE News - Innovative Means to Protect Water Resources in the Mediterranean Coastal Areas through Re-injection of Treated Water

The project aims to demonstrate and promote environmentally sustainable water management policies and practices in Egypt and Tunisia, with focus on wastewater treatment activities directed to produce water of appropriate quality levels for its successive re-injection into coastal aquifers

In the months July-September 2014 the project has consolidated and advanced a set of interventions related to the technical and hydrogeological characterisation of the Egyptian and Tunisian demonstration sites, to the improvement of treated wastewater quality through the upgrade of the existing wastewater treatment plants and the promotion of awareness raising and capacity building of relevant stakeholders.

Click below to read more about the project’s news and achievements, particularly on the following:  

Technical and Hydro-geological Surveys

Pilot and demonstration activities

Involvement of Local Stakeholders, Communication, Capacity Building and Dissemination

SWIM Sustain Water MED News - Network of Demonstration Activities for Sustainable Integrated  Wastewater Treatment and Reuse in the Mediterranean

The project aims at improving sustainable integrated management of non-conventional water resources, with emphasis on wastewater treatment and reuse in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia.

In the months July-September 2014 Sustain Water MED promoted the sharing of experiences among stakeholders of different countries and the dissemination of the outputs of some of its pilot activities in relation to the application of decentralised wastewater management, with a view to enhance a sustainable and long-term application of these practices in the target countries.

Click here to read more about the project’s news and achievements

SWIM- WADIS-MAR News - Water harvesting and Agricultural techniques in Dry lands: an Integrated and Sustainable model in MAghreb Regions

The project aims at contributing to an integrated, sustainable and participative water harvesting and agriculture management in the watersheds of Oued Biskra in Algeria and Oum Zessar in Tunisia characterized by the overexploitation of groundwater, with a view to promote adaptation to climate change conditions and particularly droughts.

In the months July - September 2014, WADIS-MAR carried out a set of missions to finalize the launching of the tenders for works in the framework of the artificial recharge intervention.

Click below to read more about the project’s news and achievements, particularly on the following:

Technical mission and advancement of tendering procedures for the design of artificial recharge interventions

Dissemination activities


EU initiative to launch call for transnational research projects on energy and water

ERANETMED, an EU initiative aiming at co-ordinating research activities, has pre-announced the first joint call for transnational research projects. The objective is to develop joint research and to enhance new innovative approaches and technologies in the Mediterranean region.

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This News Flash is produced by the SWIM-Support Mechanism with the support of the European Union (EU).

Its content is the sole responsibility of the Project’s Consultant and can in no way be taken to reflect the views of the EU.

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