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



Climate change and population growth are expected to exacerbate the water crisis of Mediterranean African Countries (MACs), where agriculture accounts for 80-85% of freshwater consumption. The aim of MADFORWATER is to develop a set of integrated technological and management solutions to enhance wastewater treatment, reuse for irrigation and water efficiency in agriculture in three MACs (Tunisia, Morocco and Egypt). MADFORWATER will develop and adapt to three main hydrological basins in the selected MACs technologies for the production of irrigation-quality water from drainage canals, municipal, agro-industrial and industrial wastewaters, and technologies for water efficiency and reuse in agriculture, initially validated at laboratory scale. Selected technologies will be further adapted and validated in four field pilot plants of integrated wastewater treatment/reuse. Integrated strategies for wastewater treatment and reuse targeted to the selected basins will be developed, and guidelines for the development of integrated water management strategies in other basins of the three target MACs will be produced, considering climate change, population increase and economic growth scenarios. The social and technical suitability of the developed technologies and non-technological instruments in relation to the local context will be evaluated with the participation of MAC stakeholders and partners. Guidelines on economic instruments and policies for the effective implementation of the proposed water management solutions in the target MACs will be developed. The project will lead to a relevant long-term impact in Egypt, Morocco and Tunisia in terms of increased wastewater treatment, wastewater reuse, food production and income in the agricultural and water treatment sectors, and decreased groundwater exploitation, water pollution and food contamination. The MADFORWATER consortium consists of 18 partners, 5 of which from the 3 MACs and 1 from China.

Project details

Unibo Team Leader: Dario Frascari

Unibo involved Department/s:
Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile, Chimica, Ambientale e dei Materiali
Dipartimento di Chimica Industriale "Toso Montanari"

ALMA MATER STUDIORUM - Università di Bologna(Italy)

Other Participants:
Stichting Dienst Landbouwkundig Onderzoek (Dlo Food And Biobased) (Netherlands)
Krofta America Latina S.A. (Switzerland)
Università  degli Studi di MILANO (Italy)
Biothema Aktiebolag (Sweden)
Ske S.K. Euromarket Ltd (Cyprus)
Tuc Technical University Of Crete (Greece)
Iav Institut Agronomique Et Veterinaire Hassan Ii (Morocco)
Irstea Institut National De Recherche En Sciences Et Technologies Pou L'Environnement Et L'Agriculture (France)
Rolla Rolland Arroseurs Sprinklers (France)
Centro Internazionale Di Alti Studi Agronomici Mediterranei - Bari (Ciheam) (Italy)
Upm Universidad Politecnica De Madrid (Spain)
Université De Tunis El Manar (Tunisia)
Pno Innovatieadvies B.V. (Netherlands)
FAO - Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (Italy)
Ministry Of Water Resources And Irrigation (Egypt)
Institut Superieur De Biotechnologie De Sidi Thabet - University Of Manouba - Uma (Tunisia)
Fachhocschule Nordwestschweiz (Switzerland)

Third parties:
Consiglio Nazionale Delle Ricerche (Italy)

Total Eu Contribution: Euro (EUR) 2.910.868,75
Project Duration in months: 54
Start Date: 01/06/2016
End Date: 30/11/2020

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Clean water and sanitation This project contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.

UE flag This project has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 688320