NAWAMED
Nature Based Solutions for Domestic Water Reuse in Mediterranean Countries

About the project

In Mediterranean countries, domestic water use accounts for a minor part of water consumption - a much larger quantity is used for irrigation - but it requires the best quality and its demand is continuously growing, along with improving lifestyle and increasing urban population. Moreover, urban water is still the main cause of pollution of rivers and groundwater, even when treated before being discharged. Per capita domestic water use can be drastically reduced by using non-conventional water (NCW) resources for not potable purposes: greywater (and rainwater when available) can be reused for WC flushing and irrigation but requires the implementation of decentralised treatment systems, serving one or a few buildings. NAWAMED aims at changing the urban water management practice by mean of innovative, sustainable, and low-cost treatment technologies, applicable in a decentralised way, to replace the use of potable water with good quality of NCW. 

Key information

NAWAMED
Nature Based Solutions for Domestic Water Reuse in Mediterranean Countries
B.4 Environmental protection, climate change adaptation and mitigation
B.4.1 Water efficiency
Italy, Tunisia, Jordan, Malta, Lebanon

Financial data

3.2 million
Total budget
2.9 million
EU contribution
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10%
Project co-financing

Highlights

Project in numbers

7
Partners
5
Countries
13
Technical outputs

Project duration

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What will be improved?

The project will demonstrate the technical and economic feasibility of nature-based and low-cost solutions, such as living green walls, to treat non-conventional water resources in schools, universities, public facilities and in a refugee camp. Recovered wastewater or storm water will be reused for different purposes, including toilet flushing and irrigation and therefore consumption of potable water for domestic uses will be decreased. Furthermore, the project will showcase that design and architecture can make buildings water producers rather than water consumers.

Who will benefit?

  • Owners/managers of the 8 pilot sites
  • 450 practitioners (e.g. engineers, architects, etc.), construction companies, university students
  • 50 staff of local and regional authorities 
     

Expected achievements

  • 8 real scale pilot installation for greywater/rainwater treatment and reuse including living green walls (vertical vegetation set up on building façades) and constructed wetlands treating flows from a public building, a parking area, and a refugee camp
  • 30% reduction in water consumption at pilot sites level
  • 9,000 m3/year of non-conventional water to be reused at urban/domestic level
  • 15 technical visits to pilot sites
  • 10 training workshops organised for technical staff and decision-makers
  • 1 Mediterranean Policy Document to foster the inclusion of water demand management and non-conventional water resources measures in national policy frameworks
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NAWAMED project presented at the "Water-Energy Nexus" Conference in Jordan

More than 120 participants attended the conference praising the importance of supporting projects as NAWAMED in Jordan.

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Jordan: NAWAMED will participate in the 2nd National Water-Energy Nexus Conference

European experts and national stekeholders to explore and discuss opportunities and strengths related to water energy nexus.

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NAWAMED: Learn how nature-based solutions can boost non-conventional water use in households

Watch the video animation to understand how NAWAMED partners transform a building into a water producer rather than a water consumer.

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NAWAMED: stakeholders share know-how to improve the grey water reuse in Malta

National stakeholders discussed to a draft policy recommendations document addressed to Maltese institutions to reach a common perspective about water reuse.

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NAWAMED highlights emerging technologies for Non-Conventional Water (NCW) treatment applicable in Tunisia

Tunisian stakeholders actively contributed to the achievement of common conclusions for the last two e-Water Tables.

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NAWAMED: stakeholders in Lebanon discussed non-conventional water resources related technologies and barriers

Stakeholders of water sector share thoughts, experiences, identify obstacles and discuss the best approaches to move forward. 

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NAWAMED: stakeholders’ debate on how to increase the adoption of non-conventional water practices in Jordan

Jordanian national stakeholders discussed on how to increase the adoption of these technologies at the user level.

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NAWAMED: recommendations and conclusions of the first stakeholders meeting in Tunisia

Stakeholders discussed on the integration of non-conventional water resource in water demand management practices.

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NAWAMED presented to a prestigious delegation of ambassadors of Latin America in Italy

An interesting meeting for presenting the good practices developed in Ferla (SR), associated partner of NAWAMED

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NAWAMED: Sicilian stakeholders discussed on the use of non-conventional water

NAWAMED organized the first Water Table in Sicily to identify possible barriers for the use of non-conventional water at domestic level

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NAWAMED: obstacles and recommendations for domestic water reuse in Jordan

Stakeholders debated on non-conventional water resource technologies and water- demand management practices during a natiopnal meeting organbised on May 27th, 2021.

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NAWAMED: meeting to identify the barriers for the use of unconventional water in Tunisia

The meeting, to be held on June 21, aims to highlight the potential of using unconventional water resources.

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NAWAMED to discuss obstacles for the use of non-conventional water resources in Sicily

The objective of the meeting is to prepare a strategic document with suggestions for fostering the use of Non-Conventional Water at urban level.

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NAWAMED is looking for architects in Tunisia

Deadline for submitting applications: 25th of June 2021

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Italy: the pioneering role of NAWAMED in diffusing of nature-based solutions

Italian national newspaper "Corriere della Sera" reports on the innovative green walls for greywater reuse to be installed by NAWAMED.

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NAWAMED highlights potential of greywater separation and reuse

The design of specific regulations for greywater reuse is seen as one of the main drivers for the diffusion water recovery in Italy, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia.

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NAWAMED: the municipality of Ferla protagonist of the Legambiente initiative dedicated to ecological transition in Italy

Ferla, pilot municipality of NAWAMED project in Sicily, is one of the ten "symbol" Italian squares hosting the 18th edition of the…

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NAWAMED is looking for an engineer in Tunisia

Deadline for submitting applications is 28th of May 2021.

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Valuing water: NAWAMED celebrates the World Water Day 2021

To mark the World Water Day, NAWAMED launches a campaign on social media with stories, testimonies and experiences on the value of water in the Mediterranean.

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NAWAMED: e-Technical Workshop on Nature-Based Solutions and greywater reuse

A multi-disciplinary and multi-national team led to an innovative co-design process of sustainable and low-cost treatment technologies.

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NAWAMED: selection of communication agency in Tunisia

Deadline for submitting bids: 19th of February 2021.

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NAWAMED: joint efforts to close the water loop implementing decentralisation of the treatment plants 

Interview with Giulia Cipolletta, PhD student at the Università Politecnica delle Marche, Italy (UNIVPM).

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NAWAMED: social acceptance of nature-based solutions for water reuse in Jordan

The sustainable solutions to be implemented at the University of Jordan aim to demonstrate how a building can be an efficient water producer rather than a water consumer.

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NAWAMED: the role of the nature-based solutions in Italy

Interview with Lorenzo Bono, project manager of Ambiente Italia, on sustainable and inclusive urban regeneration.

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NAWAMED event on the pilot plants to be installed in Jordan

The University of Jordan implemented an online workshop in cooperation with the Jordan Engineers Association.

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Tunisia: NAWAMED at EnviroFest event

EnviroFest Tunisia is an annual cultural, educational and cinematographic event that provides a platform for understanding and debate on environmental issues.

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NAWAMED: selection of printing agency in Tunisia

Deadline for submitting bids: 11th of December 2020.

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NAWAMED celebrates "GREEN NIGHT" with Tunisian researchers' community

On 27 November, the nature-based solutions for wastewater management promoted by NAWAWED will be presented during the celebrations of the European Researchers' Night.

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NAWAMED is looking for an accounting officer in Tunisia 

Deadline for submitting applicaitons: 16th of November 2020

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Tunisia: NAWAMED contributes to “Hand Hygiene for All” awareness campaign

On the occasion of the Global Handwashing Day, NAWAMED organized an event to raise awarness of pupils about the importance handwashing and water saving.

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NAWAMED: great success for the online event on the pilot green wall to be installed in Ferla, Italy

The event was the occasion to discuss the use of non-conventional water resources for a sustainable urban development towards resilient citi…

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NAWAMED: a green wall in the municipality of Ferla, Sicily

The Italian national newspaper 'Repubblica' highlights the sustainable activities of the Ferla municipality, including the future green wall for grey water reusing.

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NAWAMED project: the practicality of green walls in Lebanon

The American University of Beirut, partner of the project, conducted an online interview with Ms. Rana El-Hajj, manager of “The climate change and environment” program.

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NAWAMED project and the role of constructed wetlands

The Province of Latina, lead partner of NAWAMED project, conducted an online interview with Mr Giuseppe Dodaro, expert in sustainable development.

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NAWAMED: video interview to Dr. Ing. Paul Micallef from the Malta Energy and Water Agency

Dr. Ing. Paul Micallef discusses water reuse in Malta and the potential to implement such projects for domestic use.

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NAWAMED: call for tenders for the production of videos

Deadline for submitting bids: 17th of August 2020, 12:00 am CET

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NAWAMED and AQUACYCLE together to change the paradigm for wastewater reuse

NAWAMED particpated in the recent AQUACYCLE stakeholders workshop in Lebanon, explaining how green walls and constructed wetlands provide ecosystem benefits.

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NAWAMED: selection of an external auditor

Deadline for submitting bids: 10th of August 2020.

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NAWAMED: a stakeholder’s perspective of nature-based solutions in Lebanon

Interview with Mr. Marc Aoun, general manager of CubeX s.a.l., a Lebanese social enterprise specialized in decentralized wastewater treatment.

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NAWAMED: 4 knowledge transfer webinars on domestic water reuse

The Italian partner IRIDRA is developing a set of knowledge transfer webinars to transfer information to the project partners that will implement the pilot water installations in Italy, Jordan and Lebanon.

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NAWAMED: Steering Committee and Technical Board meetings

On 19 of June, the Tunisian partner 'CERTE' will host a remote meeting to assess the results achieved by the project and plan the next activities.

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14 May 2020
NAWAMED to install an innovative wastewater treatment system at the University of Jordan

A green wall will be installed at the University of Jordan in order to treat the greywater of the campus dormitories.

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11 May 2020
Making COVID-19 an opportunity to foster synergies between NAWAMED and other initiatives in Lebanon

The COVID-19 lockdown resulted in new opportunities for the NAWAMED project.

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11 May 2020
The first newsletter of NAWAMED project is ready to be launched!

Subscribe now and get the latest information on the use of non-conventional water resources in urban areas of Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Malta and Tunisia.

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20 April 2020
How NAWAMED project will make the Jordanian city of Jerash even more unique?

NAWAMED has selected the Community Service Building of Jerash to implement the green walls technology. The treated grey water will be reused to irrigate a nearby public park.

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15 April 2020
NAWAMED: why the use of non-conventional water resources is “a must” in Italy?

Italy ranks first in the EU for water abstraction for urban water supply. Besides drastic measures to minimize leakages, the use of non-conventional water resources has to be…

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09 April 2020
NAWAMED: nature-based solutions to support ecosystem services

Members of the NAWAMED team have recenlty published an article in the “Journal of Environmental Management” on the role of Nature-Based Solutions to support ecosystem services.

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08 April 2020
Tunisia: NAWAMED to implement living green walls for greywater treatment and reuse

The Municipality of Tunis has shown its interest in installing a pilot green wall for greywater treatment in the Medina due to the high visibility in terms of citizens awarnes…

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30 March 2020
NAWAMED participates in the final conference of the ERASMUS + "EGREEN" project

The goal of the event was to promote the exchange of knowledge, experiences and best practices in the fields of water, energy and environment

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18 March 2020
NAWAMED project, an important contribution to the National Water Strategy of Tunisia

Ms Latifa Bouselmi, from the Centre for Water Research and Technologies, explains the importance of the NAWAMED project in light of the National Water Strategy of Tunisia.

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12 March 2020
NAWAMED: Prof. Yaser Abunnasr presents Lebanon’s Pilot Areas

The main goal of the pilot installations is to treat about 3300 m3/year of greywater for reuse using nature-based solutions.

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05 March 2020
NAWAMED: water management, an important challenge for the Italian Municipality of Ferla

Michelangelo Giansiracusa, Mayor of the Municipality of Ferla, explains the importance of the NAWAMED project for his community.

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05 February 2020
NAWAMED, a key project for the management of water resources in Malta

Manuel Sapiano, Chief Executive Officer of Malta's Energy and Water Agency: the project is an opportunity to broaden the application of water reclamation practices to the…

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27 December 2019
The water situation in Jordan and the potential contribution of the NAWAMED project

According to the most recent data, Jordan is under "absolute water scarcity".

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18 December 2019
"NAWAMED project will contribute to change the story of water in Lebanon"

It is estimated that Lebanon’s water resources will be inadequate to meet the expected needs of the growing population.

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06 December 2019
Green, low-cost solutions for wastewater treatment: start of NAWAMED project

NAWAMED will implement new solutions for wastewater treatment and reuse for domestic and agricultural uses in Italy, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia.

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20 November 2019
Why the NAWAMED project involves countries like Italy, Jordan, Lebanon and Tunisia?

The NAWAMED project, which aims at changing urban water management and fostering the use of Non-Conventional Water resources, involves Italy, Tunisia, Jordan and Lebanon. Lear…

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