June has been a busy month for the project ValEUr Gabès, funded by the Delegation of the European Union in Tunisia.

The partnership, led by the Metropolitan Area of Barcelona, together with MedCities and the Municipality of Gabès, and the consultants of WE&B finalised the diagnosis regarding water-related challenges in the region and the potential of non-conventional water resources (NCWR). During this process, the project identified around fifteen key stakeholders that could contribute to developing the diagnosis through their expertise and knowledge, by forming part of the Steering Committee (CoPil) for the development of the Municipal Plan of NCWR. They were invited to contribute to the results of the diagnosis through interviews and a preliminary workshop held on 1st June, in order to review and enrich the results of the diagnosis. This document is the first step to building a non-conventional water resources strategy and an action plan for the municipality of Gabès in the short and middle term. The next step is the organisation of a workshop in Gabès on the 18th and 19th July in order to define the strategic orientations and desired scenario together with the Steering committee.

Furthermore, during the last week of June, the project organised a comprehensive training on NCWR targeting the members of the Steering committee and the representatives of around 10 Tunisian municipalities, members of the MedCities network and cities of the Gabès region. The three day training was assured by Mohammed Elghali Khiyati, a Moroccan expert of the Mediterranean Water Institute (IME in French acronym), who provided theory and good practices on rainwater valorisation, grey water reuse, and water infiltration, and sustainable drainage. The training counted 20 participants, among municipal technical staff and public and private stakeholders, active in water management.

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