BONEX demo sites of La Axarquia (Spain) and Ouardanine (Tunisia) to showcase the WEFE NEXUS in the reuse of treated wastewater in Med countries, 7-8 November, Sfax, Tunisia
Dr. Olfa MAHJOUB, member of BONEX team in Tunisia, was invited by MedCities to participate in the Regional Conference “Urban efficient water: mainstreaming integrated planning and management approaches” organized in the frame of ValEUr Gabès project on the 7th and 8th November 2023, in Sfax Tunisia. The event is part of the Mediterranean Water Forum, in preparation of the upcoming World Water Forum in Bali, Indonesia, in 2024 and is organized with the support of the Mediterranean Water Institute (IME).
The project “ValEUr-Gabes: Valorization of Urban Water through Innovative Actions and Instruments” is coordinated by the Barcelona Metropolitan Area and implemented in collaboration with the Municipality of Gabès and MedCities. The regional conference aims to capitalize on best practices, strengthen the engagement of regional stakeholders to foster synergies that promote the consideration of outcomes from various projects in policy discussions. The conference aims to enhance the visibility of municipalities’ contributions to efficient water management.
In this framework, BONEX Project embodied in the two demo sites of La Axarquia and Ouardanine to showcase the WEFE Nexus approach and its role in optimizing the reuse of treated wastewater in agricultural irrigation and in promoting innovative solutions to improve water resources management in Med countries. A very rich discussion around local initiatives about the reuse of wastewater took place to better use available water resources for irrigation to guarantee food security in the local area and to preserve the environment. The event has gathered a large variety of participants including academia, NGOs, private sector, and international organizations.
Three main recommendations in line with the BONEX objectives were shared :
- Promoting the reuse of reclaimed water in urban and periurban areas in close collaboration with the local stakeholders while keeping them informed about the regulations in place and the good practices to mitigate health and environmental risks.
- Developing the WEFE Nexus around the reuse of reclaimed water and involve the stakeholders in the implementation.
- Considering the gender dimension in the reuse of reclaimed water while applying the WEFE Nexus approach.