At a glance

MADFORWATER project overview

Title: DevelopMent AnD application of integrated technological and management solutions FOR wasteWATER treatment and efficient reuse in agriculture tailored to the needs of Mediterranean African Countries


Type: Research and innovation project

Project coordinator: Alma Mater Studorium – Università di Bologna

Partners involved: The consortium consisted of 18 partners distributed over 6 EU countries, 3 selected Mediterranean African Countries (MACs), Switzerland and China.

Universities: Alma Mater Studorium – Università di Bologna, University of Manouba, Technical University of Crete, University of Tunis El Manar, University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Northwestern Switzerland, Institut Agronomique et Veterinaire Hassan II, Università degli Studi di Milano, Universidad Politéchnica de Madrid, Nanjing University

Research Centers: ALTERRA – Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek, International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies – Mediterranean Agronomic Institute of Bari, National Water Research Center – Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, National Research Institute of Science and Technology for Environment and Agriculture

Industry: S.K. Euromarket, Rolland Arroseurs Sprinklers

Consultancy: PNO Consultants

Non-profit: FAO Regional Office for Near East and North Africa

Funding: Horizon 2020 WATER-5c-2015

Duration: June 1st 2016 – November 3oth 2020

Introductory presentation: MADFORWATER introductory presentation

MADFORWATER project overview short description

MADFORWATER ran from 2016 to 2020 and aimed at achieving the goals of the EU Horizon 2020 call for action topic WATER-5c-2015, by focusing on the development of technological and non-technological solutions for the management of water resources in Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt. During the project’s lifetime, the partners of the MADFORWATER project were involved in developing and tailoring technological and management solutions focused on wastewater treatment and efficient reuse in agriculture in North Africa. The new technologies developed, were adapted to the social and technical context of the three countries involved, aiming to enable the production of irrigation-quality water from municipal and industrial wastewaters, as well as from drainage canals. In parallel, the MADFORWATER project aimed to develop new technologies for water efficiency and reuse in agriculture. A tight collaboration with local players and stakeholders was sought to adequately tailor the proposed solutions to the local context. The MADFORWATER project aimed at producing a relevant and long-term impact in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia in terms of wastewater treatment and reuse, thus improving agricultural production as well as decreasing exploitation of water reserves and water pollution.

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