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Promoting Sustainable Irrigation Management and non-conventional water use in the Mediterranean

About the project

In Mediterranean countries, water use for irrigation accounts for more than 70% of water consumption and an important hydric stress is registered due to increasing population and climate change. Water losses due to non-efficient irrigation systems, limited reliance on non-conventional water (NCW), scarce capacities of institutions to enforce effective water management plans and lack of awareness of modern solutions at farm level, are the most common issues to deal with. PROSIM will face these challenges focusing on both water demand and supply for irrigation. The project will bring innovative solutions combining water use efficiency and NCW and build local capacities to adopt/upscale them. Cross-border capacity building and roadmaps and plans for improved water management based on project results will be carried out while enhancing public-private cooperation will be fostered together with investments for the adoption/upscale of the proposed solutions.

Key information

Promoting Sustainable Irrigation Management and non-conventional water use in the Mediterranean
B.4 Environmental protection, climate change adaptation and mitigation
B.4.1 Water efficiency
Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia, Spain

Financial data

3.3 million
Total budget
2.9 million
EU contribution
Project co-financing


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Project outputs



What will be improved?

The project will reduce pressure on water resources in the concerned areas of Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Tunisia and Spain. At pilot farm level, the project will increase water usage efficiency by 30% and substitute clean water by non-conventional water up to 100% thanks to new/tailored solutions to optimise water consumption. The project also hopes to boost by 5-10% the investments in sustainable irrigation from governments, financial institutions and farmers.

Who will benefit?

  • 237 farmers
  • 4 national/regional institutions on water management and 80 extension agents providing technical support to farmers  
  • 4 water product/service providers 
  • 4 water user associations

Expected achievements

  • 4 investment initiatives to upscale mature innovation solutions having the best market potential
  • 4 cross-border thematic field visits to showcase most efficient irrigation techniques
  • 292 water stakeholders trained on water usage efficiency and non-conventional water use
  • 8 new technologies tested to demonstrate the potential of treated wastewater, desalination and mixed water for irrigation  
  • 91 hectares of land irrigated with efficient and sustainable systems 
  • 40 on-field dissemination days for 400 farmers to raise their awareness of new solutions for irrigation

Project news

Tunisia: PROSIM selects an engineer and an administrative assistant

Applications can be received until August 20, at 10.00 am, Tunisian time.


Project news

Water management: second thematic web talk of the PROSIM project

On the 7th of July, the Lebanese Ministry of Agriculture organized the second web talk of PROSIM project focused on research and best practices implemented by the MoA and its …


Project news

Tunisia: PROSIM selects an external auditor

The Tunisian partner of PROSIM project has recently published a tender for the selection of an external auditor. Offers can be received until July 31.


Project news

13 May 2020
PROSIM: data collection process in the Aqaba region, Jordan

4 innovative solutions for water efficiency in irrigation and non conventional water use will be tested in 7 hectares, benefitting 15 farmers.


Project news

17 February 2020
Reducing pressure on water resources: first field visit of PROSIM project in Sicily

In the Marsala Municipality area, the PROSIM project will test the use of treated wastewater in agriculture.


Project news

10 February 2020
PROSIM project, an accelerator of development

PROSIM project has its roots in the positive experience of ICU on innovative irrigation implemented in Jordan and Lebanon, started more than 20 years ago.


Project news

05 February 2020
Innovative irrigation practices: first thematic web talk of PROSIM project

The first of 5 thematic web talks focused on water efficiency in irrigation and the use of non-conventional water for agriculture.


Project news

30 January 2020
New solutions for water-use efficiency in Tunisia: study visit of the PROSIM project in Mahdia

An innovative desalination system will be installed to manage 400m3 of water per day, improving the quality of water for at least 30 local f…


Project news

24 January 2020
Making agriculture more water-efficient: the PROSIM project to test innovative solutions in Jordan

In the Balqa area, 55 farmers will benefit from innovative solutions which increase crop productivity while reducing water use.


Project news

15 November 2019
Less water for more sustainable irrigation: start of the PROSIM project

PROSIM aims to demonstrate new and enhanced solutions for sustainable irrigation that ensure increased water-use efficiency.

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