The SWIM-H2020 SM Project (Sustainable Water Integrated Management and Horizon 2020 Support Mechanism 2016-2019) funded by the European Union aims to contribute to reduced marine pollution and a sustainable use of scarce water resources in the countries of North Africa and the Middle East (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, [Syria] and Tunisia). The Project is the continuation and merging of two successful previous EU-funded service contracts, Horizon 2020 Capacity Building/Mediterranean Environment Programme (H2020 CB/MEP) (2009-2014) and the Sustainable Water Integrated Management Support Mechanism (SWIM SM) (2010-2015).
The SWIM-H2020 SM Project aims to contribute to reduce marine pollution and a sustainable use of scarce water resources in the countries of North Africa and the Middle East. With a budget of 6.2 million euros, the three-year project builds on the work of two previous EU-funded projects going back to 2009. The fact-finding visits met ministries and key stakeholders in order to discuss and identify every country’s needs, in terms of integrated water management and reducing and preventing pollution of the Mediterranean Sea.
The SWIM-H2020 SM Project released its first newsletter, highlighting its first activities, from a series of fact-finding missions to all eight Mediterranean partner countries to the project’s first regional training event, on the mainstreaming of drought risk management, which took place in Athens in December.