MEDISS - Mediterranean Integrated System for Water Supply

General information
Financing body 
Project leader 
Monther Hind (Palestinian Wastewater Engineers Group, PWEG); Giovanni Sistu (CRENoS Unit)
Scientific referee
G. Sistu
Project manager
Project cycle 
01/08/2019 to 01/08/2022
JEL codes
Agricultural and Natural Resource Economics, Environmental and Ecological Economics (Q)
Other Special Topics (Tourism Economics) (Z)
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.  

Lead beneficiary - Palestinian Wastewater Engineers Group (PWEG), Palestine

Partner 1 - Sardinian water authority - Enas; Projects and Structures Department, Sardegna, Italy

Partner 2 - University of Cagliari - CIREM section-CRENoS Centre For North South Economic Research, Sardegna, Italy

Partner 3 - Aqaba Water Company Quality Assurance and Strategic Planning Department, Al-Aqaba, Jordan

Partner 4 - Arid Regions Institute, Eremology and Combating Desertification Laboratory/ Regional direction of Gabes, Gabès, Tunisia

Partner 5 - Governorate of Jericho & Al-Aghwar, Palestine

Staff progetto
G. Sistu; E. Marrocu; A. Esu, A. Pireddu, M. Cordeddu, D. Cao, C. Perelli