IMPROWARE is a demonstration project promoting innovation and best practices on water protection in Mediterranean coastal areas through re-injection of treated water.
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.
The demonstration activities are expected:
- To develop cost-effective, environmental-friendly, easily-replicable methodologies to treat waste water and reuse for aquifers’ recharge as “pilot” models in Egypt and Tunisia;
- To promote the transfer of Know-how to other ENPI countries;
- To build-up institutional and technical capacities at sub-regional and regional levels;
- To increase regional co-operation in the area of sustainable and integrated water management.
IMPROWARE ultimately contributes to the empowerment of decision-makers and society at large in the Mediterranean in:
- tackling increasing demand for water resources;
- adapting to climate changes;
- acting against desertification.