New project will demonstrate sustainable approaches to water reuse in the MENA region

Treatment and reuse of effluents help preserve existing water resources. This is even more important in arid regions such as the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), where climate change is expected to further dry out the land. With its latest project SustainWater MED, adelphi and its part


Many of the MENA countries have already adopted policies and plans for integrated approaches to wastewater treatment and reuse. However, practical implementation of these policies is still slow due to limited public acceptance of water reuse, water quality problems, or technical problems. SustainWater MED aims to tackle this challenge by setting up pilot projects in Egypt, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia to demonstrate the benefits of sustainable approaches ranging from concepts for the ecological sanitation in households to advanced quality monitoring of treated effluents for reuse in agricultural irrigation. All pilot activities will be carried out in close cooperation with relevant stakeholders in the target countries, and will be complemented by comprehensive capacity development and awareness raising activities.

The three year project, coordinated by the GIZ, is funded by the European Commission through its SWIM Programme. (Sustainable Water Integrated Management)

adelphi is responsible for a thorough assessment of the social, economic, and environmental effects of water reuse. The think tank will also compile the lessons learnt which and shape recommendations from the SustainWater MED project to be published as a case study collection and policy briefing papers, building on its broad expertise in water resources management in the Middle East.