Water-DROP at WADIS-MAR final Conference in Sassari, Italy.

June 16th 2016
Place: 
University of Sassari Sassari
Italy
IT

 During the celebration of the 2016 World day to combat Desertification, Water-Drop project was invited by the Desertification Research Centre of the University of Sassari, NRD, to attend WADIS-MAR Final conference and International Workshop on sustainable water resources management in arid and semi-arid Regions.Wadis-Mar demonstration project "Water harvesting and Agriculture techniques in dry lands: and Integrated and sustainable model in Maghreb regions", (www.wadismar.eu), is funded by the European Union under SWIM programme, Sustainable Water Integrated management. More than 100 experts attended the Conference, high-level authorities and chancellors of Universities from different Mediterranean countries, water and agricultural management Organizations and funding Institutions. In particular the event welcomed eminent scientific personalities such as prof. Andrew Manning (U.S. Geological Survey, Denver, Colorado), prof. Dirk Raes (KU Leuven, Belgium), prof. Giuseppe Scarascia Mugnozza (University of Tuscia, Italy),  prof. Giovanni Barrocu (University of Cagliari, Italy) and prof. Rudy Rossetto (Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies of Pisa, Italy) together with representatives of major world global organizations already engaged in desertification issues, such as Daniel Tsegai from the UN Convention to combat Desertification (UNCCD), Prof. Wail Benjelloun, President of UNIMED (Union of Universities Mediterranean), Prof. Grammenos Mastrojeni (Counsellor, Italian focal point at UNCCD).During the two days, a set of recommendations emerged to be addressed to decision-makers, farmers and educational system (schools and universities) of Europe, Africa and Middle East, with a particular significance given to the importance of scientific knowledge in support of effective investments to improve quality and availability of water resources together with the importance of interdisciplinary research.Invited speakers and participants discussed widely on the 6th Sustainable Development Goals "Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all" and its related targets and will include various cultural events on desertification and water issues. All presentations made are available at following link: https://en.uniss.it/about-uniss/unisspress/wadis-mar-project-final-conference-sassari-16th-17th-june-2016