In Tunisia, wastewater irrigation presents farmers with an excellent case for alternative water provisioning in times of limited freshwater resources. Experts are also starting to discuss whether wastewater may be an untapped resource for the replenishment of coastal aquifers which are currently facing heavy salt intrusion.
Addressing this concern, the UNU Institute for Integrated Management of Material Fluxes and of Resources (UNU-FLORES) has established working relationships in numerous SUWA (safe use of wastewater in agriculture) hotspots globally. Building on previous collaborations with the National Research Institute of Rural Engineering, Water and Forests (INRGREF) in Tunis, UNU-FLORES is now looking to take on new challenges in the Middle East and North Africa region.
The workshop, co-organised by UNU-FLORES and INRGREF in Tunis on 12–13 December 2017, was the first tangible result of two active years of collaboration that began in Lima. Spanning two days, the workshop combined presentations from experts and practitioners with field visits. The scope of the workshop was to capitalise on local stakeholders’ knowledge and establish a participatory process for the implementation of a nexus-oriented use of wastewater in agriculture.
For more information on the workshop, read the news story on the UNU-FLORES website.