MEDISS
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Mediterranean Integrated System for Water Supply

About the project

There is a big pressure on the use of aquifers in the Mediterranean region for irrigation and desalination of water is still a costly and energy-demanding process. MEDISS addresses the issue of improving the quality of saline groundwater present in the Mediterranean area opening alternative irrigation for higher quality and more diversified cultivations (dates, citrus, etc.). According to the features and specific needs of the partner areas - Palestine (Jordan Valley), Jordan (Aqaba Governorate), Italy (Arborea) and Tunisia (Gabès) - MEDISS will test innovative solutions in the use of treated wastewater and desalination of brackish water. Specific awareness initiatives for end-users will challenge their reluctance toward non-conventional water resources (NCWR) and train them on Best Agricultural Practices. On the longer term, the project will contribute to reducing stress on freshwater, as well as costs for water supply. At the same time, higher productivity and diversification of crops will increase food security and income for farmers. Local communities and institutions will be empowered, contributing to behavioural change on the use of NCW and on environmentally and economically sustainable development.

Key information

MEDISS
Mediterranean Integrated System for Water Supply
B.4 Environmental protection, climate change adaptation and mitigation
B.4.1 Water efficiency
Palestine, Italy, Jordan, Tunisia

Financial data

2.4 million
Total budget
2.2 million
EU contribution
%
10%
Project co-financing

Highlights

Project in numbers

6
Partners
4
Countries
12
Technical outputs

Project duration

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End date

Partnership

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What will be improved?

By increasing the surface of land irrigated with improved treated wastewater, MEDISS will lower the consumption of groundwater for irrigation, reducing pressure on stressed aquifers and raising the level of water available for other purposes. The use of less saline water will positively impact soil quality, allowing quantity/quality increase of agricultural production and diversification, shifting from lower values crops (forage, cereals) to more profitable ones (citrus, vegetable, arboriculture). In the long-term, MEDISS will bring economic development in the agricultural sector, increasing farmers’ profits and making them more stable. 

Who will benefit?

  • 160 farmers thanks to increased available water and water quality
  • 15 local organizations involved in water management (municipalities, local authorities, public agencies)
  • Local communities
  • National and regional policy-makers who will gain relevant data and good practices on innovative solutions for water supply

Expected achievements

  • 1 database on the water supply, water quality, soil composition and crops situation in the 4 target areas
  • 4 innovative solutions for NCW supply implemented for different irrigation and domestic purposes 
  • 1,450 hectares of land irrigated with treated wastewater 
  • 7 handover agreements with local authorities and water agencies to ensure the management of plants after the end of MEDISS project
  • 4 cross-border thematic practitioners and research networks on NCW supply for agricultural and domestic purposes
  • 15 local governance plans that integrate MEDISS NCW supply solutions
     
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[MEDISS] Aqaba Water Company inspects ongoing work for the water desalination plant in Jordan

Aqaba Water Company engineers check ongoing work for the water desalination plant in Wadi Araba using PV panels for energy supply.

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[MEDISS] Fine-tuning the ENI CBC Med projects workflow

Palestinian Wastewater Engineers Group, MEDISS lead partner, at the seminar on financial management and project auditing organised by the Prime Minister's Office in Palestine.

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[MEDISS] Tunisian farmers facing water scarcity

A field research of IRA Médenine, MEDISS partner, investigates farmers’ adaptation strategies to cope with water scarsity in Southeastern Tunisia.

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[MEDISS] A new prototype plant for water treatment is coming to Arborea (Italy)

A blue container is reaching Arborea, Italy containing the MEDISS prototype plant for water treatment.

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[MEDISS] Find out what is going on with soil study and analysis in Tunisia

IRA Médenine, MEDISS Tunisian partner, at work investigating, for the first time in Bechima-Gabes, the effect of long-term irrigation by wastewater on soil qualities.

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MEDISS strengthens relationship with water stakeholders in Jordan

The Aqaba Water Company, partner of MEDISS project, has held a series of awareness sessions with local community representatives and farmers about their needs and challenges i…

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[MEDISS] Find out what is going on with soil study and analysis

Water management requires reliable information in many different fields, including soil characteristics.

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[MEDISS] Europe Sustainable Report 2020

The report analyses the progress towards achieving the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in the last 5 years.

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MEDISS unveils state-of-the-art facility for testing water quality in Palestine

The installed laboratory and equipment can measure different parameters of water and wastewater, an effective method for carrying out surveillance on the water quality. 

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[MEDISS] Pre-bid meeting visit to the pilot site of the Jordan Valley – Jericho

The Governorate of Jericho and Palestinian Wastewater Engineering Group (PWEG) visit the pilot site with interested bidders.

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MEDISS partners will participate in EURACTIVE virtual conferences

Sustainability, climate challenge and innovative answers: EURACTIVE holds virtual conferences from the 7th to the 17th of December 2020.

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[MEDISS] OECD Sixth meeting of the Roundtable on Financing Water

This Roundtable, to take place on 7-8 December 2020, pursues an ambitious water goal on food security, healthy lives, sustainability and ecosystems.

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The MEDISS project at the European Researchers' Night in Cagliari

The project took part at the European Researchers' Night with a roundtable under the title "Unconventional water resources in the Mediterranean area".

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[MEDISS] Sustainability and Circular Economy in the pilot area of Arborea (Italy)

Join the webinar “Sustainability and Circular Economy applied to livestock production” organized by the RE-LIVE WASTE project on 20 of November.

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[MEDISS] Communication experts monthly meeting - November

On November 16th, MEDISS Communication manager and local communication experts met on Skype to discuss project progress and further steps to take.

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MEDISS: basic hygiene practices for workers in the water sector

The document aims to raise the awareness of workers in the wastewater management sector about basic hygiene practices to prevent infection from COVID-19 and other viruses.

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[MEDISS] Call for tenders in Palestine: construction of a water blending system

The Governorate of Jericho has launched a tender for the construction of a water blending system. Closing date is December 10, 2020, at 11 a.m. (Palestine time).

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[MEDISS] Getting ready for water quality management in Palestine

Palestinian Wastewater Engineers Group, MEDISS Lead Beneficiary, is ready for water quality testing, in collaboration with the Directorate of Agriculture of the Governorate of…

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Communication experts meeting - October

MEDISS communication manager meets on Skype the local communication experts.

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[MEDISS] Collaboration between ENI CBC Med projects works!

MEDISS Tunisian partner Institut des Régions Arides, took part in the workshop “Changing the Paradigme for Wastewater Reuse” organized by the AQUACYCLE project.

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[MEDISS] Ready to start water and soil monitoring in Arborea, Italy

Multiparametric sensors and piezometers for water monitoring have been installed in the pilot area of Arborea, Sardinia.

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MEDISS - Field survey activities in the Jordan Valley, Palestine

The pilot plant to be installed near Jericho will be used to irrigate 400 ha of palm farms, benefiting 55 Palestinian farmers of the Palm Farmers’ Cooperative Association. 

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MEDISS presents the Sardinian Water Board, Italy

Discover the he Sardinian Water Board (ENAS - Ente Acque della Sardegna) and its role in MEDISS project.

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MEDISS presents the Governorate of Jericho & Al Aghwar, Palestine

Discover the Governorate of Jericho & Al Aghwar and its role in MEDISS project.

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Enhancing communication with stakeholders: Jordanian partner launches MEDISS brochures in Arabic

In order to foster communication with local stakeholders, the Jordanian partner, Aqaba Water Company, has prepared two brochures in Arabic t…

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News from the 2nd MEDISS Partners Steering Committee

The Partrners Steering Committee provides support, guidance and oversight of MEDISS progress and state of play and ensure delivery of the project outputs and the achievement of project outcomes. 

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MEDISS new milestone: the Laboratory Materials Agreement for water testing

The Palestinian Wastewater Engineers Group has signed an agreement to purchase laboratory equipment for water testing to find the best blending ratio of treated wastewater and…

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Water management: MEDISS Partners Steering Committee web-meeting

MEDISS partners organize the 2nd Partners Steering Committee virtually on the 9th of September, 10 am (Jerusalem Time).

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Call for tenders: construction of a water desalination plant in the MEDISS pilot site in Jordan

The Jordanian Partner Aqaba Water Company has launched a call for tenders for the construction of the desalination plant for the Well of Al …

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Discover MEDISS project through our first newsletter!

Discover the MEDISS innovative solutions for the sustainable use of water in agriculture, the project areas of intervention and much more!

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A significant step forward for MEDISS Data Collection Plan

Palestinian Wastewater Engineers Group (PWEG), MEDISS Lead Partner, signs a contract with a consultancy firm specialized in rural development, agriculture and soil surveys, land management and GIS for the prepa…

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MEDISS: first results from the awareness activities on sustainable water management

The MEDISS Facilitators Team discussed the state of play of the work package 5 "Awareness and Networking”.

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MEDISS Awareness Programme: let's start the preliminary phase in Italy

The MEDISS Awareness Programme aims to raise end-user awareness on non-conventional water and best agricultural practices.

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[MEDISS] UN releases the Sustainable Development Report 2020

The 2020 Sustainable Development Report, which includes the Sustainable Development Goals Index and Dashboards, was released on 30 June, 2020.

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MEDISS: University of Cagliari is looking for a graphic designer

University of Cagliari is looking for a graphic designer. The deadline for receiving applications is 13th July, 2020.

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MEDISS partners at online workshop on iron phosphate chemistry

The event is organized by the European Sustainable Phosphorus Platform (ESPP) and will take place on July 13th and 14th.

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Water management: MEDISS continues the meetings with beneficiaries in Palestine

MEDISS lead partner, Palestinian Wastewater Engineers Group (PWEG), continues to meet MEDISS beneficiaries in Jericho to deepen and refine the expected activities and benefits…

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MEDISS: web-meeting of the Board of Experts

The Board of Experts has discussed the state of play of the MEDISS work package 3 Analysis and Monitoring, in particular as regards to socio-economic indicators, data collection on water and soil and use of QGI…

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MEDISS presents Aqaba Water Company!

Aqaba Water Company is the first commercial water services company in Jordan that has been entrusted with the managing water and sanitation resources in its coverage area.

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31 May 2020
MEDISS Data Collection Plan: guidelines on how to use QGIS

The Italian partner Ente Acque della Sardegna (ENAS) has defined specific Guidelines for the Data Collection Plan for the 4 pilot areas (Italy, Palestine, Jordan and Tunisia).

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28 May 2020
[MEDISS] Integrating data on ecosystems, communities, and water resources

MEDISS project adopts the United Nations Sustainable Development Agenda as the framework for planning, designing and monitoring the work package n.3 "Analysis and Monitor…

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19 May 2020
How to reduce the impacts of COVID-19 on MEDISS project?

An online meeting was held to review and evaluate project progress during the outbreak of COVID-19 and to discuss mitigation measures to be followed.

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12 May 2020
Discover the Palestinian Wastewater Engineers Group, lead beneficiary of the MEDISS project

PWEG’s main fields of expertise are water, wastewater, food security, renewable energy and institutional support. 

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30 April 2020
Who we are? MEDISS presents CRENoS (Centre for North South Economic Research)

MEDISS presents the Italian Partner CRENoS (Centre for North South Economic Research).

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12 March 2020
Job opportunity: facilitator assistant under MEDISS project

The University of Cagliari, Italy, is looking for a facilitator assistant. The deadline for receiving applications is 22nd of March 2020.

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10 March 2020
A new partnership in Tunisia to strengthen MEDISS activities

A partnership agreement has been signed by the MEDISS partner "Institute of Arid Regions" under the PEER project funded by the US National Academy of Science.

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08 March 2020
Job opportunity under MEDISS project

The University of Cagliari, partner of MEDISS project, is hiring a technologist on a fixed-term contract basis. The deadline for receiving applications is 16th March 2020.

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27 January 2020
MEDISS project: 2° call for expression of interest. Soil survey and soil maps in Palestine and Jordan

The deadline for submitting the expression of interest is the 10th of February 2020.

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13 January 2020
MEDISS: technical meeting concerning the pilot area of Arborea (Italy)

Key technical information were shared on the current pollution level in the pilot area of Arborea.

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09 January 2020
Job vacancy under MEDISS project

The Governorate of Jericho and Al-Aghwar, partner of MEDISS project, is seeking to hire a part time hydraulic engineer. The deadline for receiving applications is 16th January 2020.

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10 December 2019
Palestine: improving irrigation for date palm cultivation

The MEDISS project will help palm date producers from the area of Jericho, Palestine to have access to diversifed water supply, thanks to the treatment of wastewater and desalination of brackish water.

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28 November 2019
MEDISS project: recruitment of a procurement expert

The Palestinian Wastewater Engineers Group (PWEG), lead beneficiary of the MEDISS project, is looking to hire a procurement expert. Apply until 8/12/2019.

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19 November 2019
Discover MEDISS project

Discover MEDISS project with our coloured infographic!