The second online annual meeting took place on 29 September 2020 and hosted by the project coordinator “ Technical University of Crete (TUC) ”. The meeting was held remotely due to the travel restrictions imposed by the Covid-19 pandemic. During the meeting, partners presented the current status of the project and the achieved tasks during the previous 15 months. They presented the preliminary results of the work achieved in the 4 demo sites, Arborea in Italy, Wadi El Bey in Tunisia, Malia in Greece and Erdemli in Turkey. Partners also discussed currents status of WP’s, the problems and delays due to Covid 19, agreed on a list of solutions to solve the first year problems and they planned next steps.
On September 28th 2020, a joint conference of the Sustain-Coast and the Medsal projects took place via zoom. Medsal is a PRIMA project focuses on the sustainable management of coastal aquifers subjected to multiple salinization phenomena, through the combinational use of hydrogeochemistry, physical-based models, environmental isotopes artificial intelligence and advance geostatistics. Sustain-Coast addressing sustainable groundwater management in coastal areas. About 66 participants of the the meeting involving stakeholders, scientists and partners of both projects have attended a highly interesting meeting with excellent presentations about the objectives of each project, WPs, progress to date and projection for coming months.Both projects have exchanged their knowledge and experiences and discussed possibilities of future cooperation.
On 9th of July, 2020 the first Living Lab and stakeholders meeting in Malia study area, Greece took place in the city hall of Malia. In the meeting, organized by the TUC team, 55 users, local authorities, NGOs, official water management organisations and policy makers had the opportunity to meet each other and discuss. During the meeting, the overall scope of the Sustain-COAST project was presented in order to invite the stakeholders to participate in the living labs. Through the activities of the living lab, the stakeholders exposed and classified the issues of their area and they proposed relevant solutions. Several activities were organised including, ice-breaking activities, an interactive web-based questionnaire, and a participatory creation of maps containing the actual situation and future plans. The Greek team is really happy that the Stakeholders showed collaborative spirit and were willing to participate in the project activities and that valuable information came out that can be reclaimed by the scientific team.
Sustain-COAST project has published recently a new public deliverable related to the demo-sites characterization. The deliverable presents the first step for an optimal selection and implementation of the best methodologies, i.e. a sound characterization of the four case study sites. The scientific team in this document collects and analyses all the available data for the proposed sites in Greece, Italy, Tunisia and Turkey and makes an assessment on how the real situation is in each site.
You can download the deliverable here.
On March 11th, 2020, the Water Researches and Technologies Center (CERTE) organized a Doors Open Day for public as part of the celebration of the World Water Day. More than 60 visitors were present: Academics, students, pupils, trainees, administrators, associations and industrials from Tunisia and other countries. The “Doors open day” was an opportunity for the Tunisian team to present Sustain-COAST project, its missions, its objectives and the specific issues the project is dealing with. It was also an opportunity to focus on the importance of the implementation of the local sustainable management of water resources through innovative tools of governance and social learnings.
Taking advantage of this day and through Sustain-COAST project, the CERTE team calls on all participants to be inspired and take action to make a difference in favor of environment.
By Hatem Baccouche
Organised by the project partner, Mersin university, Sustain-Coast project held its 2nd coordination meeting on 4th-6th February 2020 in Turkey. On 5th February morning a meeting with mayor of Erdimli Municipality was held, and in the afternoon a stakeholders meeting with potential actors from the Turkish demosite was organised at the municipality permises.
During the 2nd coordination meeting, the partners presented the current status of the project and the achieved milestones during the previous 9 months. They presented the preliminary results of the living lab organised in Tunisia, and defined the next steps for the development of the project.
See here the meeting video.
The first meeting of the “LivingLab wadi el Bey” was organized on January 07th, 2020 by the Tunisian team CERTE. It took place at Ezzahra town. The program has been planned for one day from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. This meeting was preceded by visits to the various stakeholders to present the project and to invite them to participate in the living lab meetings. It brought together 23 users and stakeholders among the 35 invited. Different representative from local authorities attended the meeting: water users associations, innovation promotion agency, national sanitation utility, researchers, engineers, industrials, NGOs, farmers, rural women, municipality and official water management organisms and researchers.
At the beginning of the meeting, the participants were asked to present themselves and to display their motivations and expectations from meeting attendance.
The meeting's program was divided in two main activities :
1- Building a common vision on resources and their uses in Wadi el Bey’s watershed
The main purpose of this activity was to familiarize stakeholders with their environment, to understand it, to re-explore it and to interact with it.
The expertise of the participants and their use related to resources of Wadi el Bey, each in his field, has created a significant complementarity in the exercise of participatory mapping.
The stakeholders worked on a 2D map representing Wadi el Bey watershed and its hydrographic network. They worked together to determine the phreatic aquifer limit, roads, location of industries, treatment plants, cities.
They delimited according to their perception and experience, the irrigated perimeters and determined the land use and the industrial and urban discharge points.
This activity was followed by restitution and discussion through it the stakeholders guided by the moderator classified their problems and their proposed solutions in a matrix that indicates the importance of the problems and the proposed solutions according to the stakeholders and to the decision-makers.
2- Common management
In order to more understand the perception of each stakeholder, the participants embodied each other's roles in a role play process and they got into a constructive discussion where each participant has expressed his positions and his vision for the future of the region. The stakeholders were very interactive. They were satisfied with the meeting and felt the importance of the problem and they insisted on the need to manage the problem by including all the intervening components, and they expressed their willingness to participate in the next living lab meetings.
By Hatem Baccouche, Thouraya Mellah, Hanene Akrout
On November 19thand December 12th, 2019, the CERTE team met with different representatives of water Users’ Associations in Wadi el Bey watershed (GDA Marja, GDA Turki, GDA Nianou, GDA Sammech) to present the Sustain-COAST project and to look at the mutual interests. During the meeting, the CERTE team emphasized the important role of farmers in the use and the preservation of water resources and presented the problem of the pollution of Wadi El bey and its impact on the mini ecosystem of the region. The Tunisian partner team sensitized the members of the associations of the importance of their involvement in the project by highlighting the crisis of water resources in Tunisia which is between the hammer of the rising demand of the water and the anvil of the scarcity of this resource.
For their part, the assosiations’ representatives showed a great understanding of the critical situation in the context of climate change that the world and especially Tunisia live. They presented their problems related to the pollution of Wadi Elbey and gave their perception to solve the problem.
They showed an interest in the project and were willing to be a positive and interactive actor in the project and the living lab’ meetings
By Hatem BACCOUCHE
During the meeting held on the 14th of November at the CERTE, Sustain-COAST Project has been presented to the Association of Environment and Development in Soliman (AEDS). The AEDS is active in the study project’s site to raise citizens’ awareness about environmental issues, contribute to preserve the ecosystem and to strengthen the values of citizenship. The Tunisian team emphasized the role that may play the civil society in the project. Therefore, the possibilities of collaborations between the Tunisian team and the NGO within the framework of the project have been discussed. The AEDS representatives have shared their opinion about the local water resource use and showed interest to join the sustain-Coast project. The two teams have agreed to participate in events organized by each other. For this purpose. The CERTE team participated on Saturday 16th November in the workshop organized by AEDS around the theme of "Youngs and climate change" which is an activity of their project ' Flora-Wet".
By Hanene AKROUT, Thouraya MELLAH and Hatem BACCOUCHE
On November 05th, 2019, the CERTE partner team met with TMM staff (Tanneries Mégisseries du Maghreb) in the factory in Grombalia, Tunisia to present Sustain-COAST project and to look at the involvement of the industrial in the project. During the meeting, the TMM staff has presented the enterprise as well as water management in the production process (discharges, recycling, water points, and consumption). The staff has denoted the standards followed, the problems encountered and, the planning for the activity development.
The issues related to groundwater management in Wadd el Bey watershed have been discussed. The industrial seem highly concerned about the critical situation of the groundwater.
The TMM staff has underlined the successful former collaboration with the CERTE and has shown interested in collaboration with the project team. The two parties agreed to have an agreement under the Sustain-COAST project that supports their collaboration.
By Hanene AKROUT, Thouraya MELLAH and Hatem BACCOUCHE
The kick-off meeting of the new PRIMA project Sustain-COAST "Sustainable coastal groundwater management and pollution reduction through innovative governance in a changing climate" took place on June 11th-13th 2019 in Chania-Crete, Greece.
The overall objective of Sustain-COAST is to design and test innovative governance approaches to MED coastal water resources to improve their management and mitigate their pollution by creating new long-lasting spaces for social learning among multiple interdependent stakeholders, people, NGOs, and scientific researchers at four case studies located along the shores of the MED Sea (Greece, Turkey, Tunisia and Italy).