University partnership between Bologna and Gaza to treat wastewater for agricultural purposes

Jerusalem, November 2019 – Important results arise from the mission that experts from the Gaza Strip have recently conducted in Italy, within the project funded by the Italian Agency for Development Cooperation and implemented by Overseas “Reuse of treated wastewater for agricultural purposes in Al-Mawasi District, Rafah Governorate, Gaza“.

Through the initiative, a filtration and treatment system of wastewater for agricultural use will be installed in order to increase the availability and quality of water, reducing pollutants and addressing chronic technological shortages plaguing the Strip. The introduction of innovative irrigation and cultivation techniques, the rehabilitation of greenhouses and the adoption of hydroponic cultivation systems are among the other activities to be implemented. In addition, technical staff is trained in the use of wastewater and new farming systems transferred.

The mission of UAWC (Union of Agricultural Work Committees) and UCAS (University College of Applied Sciences) took place in November, from the 3rd until the 10th. The delegation Representatives were able to learn about the Italian academic and entrepreneurial realities engaged with recycling, wastewater treatment, green economy and urban agriculture. The coordination of Overseas Onlus and DICAM – Department of Civil Engineering, Environmental Chemistry and Materials at the University of Bologna has enabled a comparison of the knowledge and practices acquired during project activities and the Italian organizations and procedures concerning the wastewater treatment.

Furthermore, at the end of the academic activities planned, a shared lesson with the class of master students and international PhDs regarding Overseas’s projects in the Gaza Strip, with speeches by the UAWC and UCAS staff and an in-depth information on the final treatment plant, was carried out.



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