During the first week of July, the project’s steering committee validated the final version of the diagnosis on non-conventional water resources (NCWR), a process that has taken several months of participatory work and a final phase of local stakeholder revisions and comments. The definitive approval set the bases to start the definition of municipal plans on NCWR. In that sense, on the 18th and 19th of July, the water experts facilitated a workshop to establish the ideal water management scenarios in Gabès according to the results of the diagnosis along with the Steering Committee and other related stakeholders.

During this two-day seminar, the 20 participants reflected on the economic issues, the technical questions, and the social and democratic dimension of water management in Gabès. With all the inputs issued, a proposal on the strategy for valorizing NCWR in the region and an associated action plan will be built.

The attendees of the discussion expressed their satisfaction with the whole process. Among the participants, there were the Mayor of Gabès and technical staff of Gabès Municipality and other neighboring municipalities, water management public institutions, CSO representatives, and the region’s leading research institutions. The lead partner of ValEUr Gabès project, the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona also attended the workshop, as part of its technical mission in Gabès.

If you wish to know about the project, ValEUr Gabès, funded by the European Union, please click here. On this website, you will also find training materials on non-conventional water resources.

ValEUr Gabès is a European project led by the Metropolitan area from Barcelona, MedCities and Gabès City Council that aims to reinforce Tunisian municipalities on water management in the context of the climate crisis. The project seeks to contribute to better governance and local appropriation of efficient water management, through a participatory process to define a non-conventional water resources (NCWR) plan, involving all relevant stakeholders in the Grand Gabès.

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