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EU Project Invents New Method To Combat Desertification in North Africa
By Soumaya El Filali
Agadir – WADIS-MAR, a four-year long demonstration project funded by the European union to combat desertification and preserve water resources in North Africa, has introduced a new and innovative solution for better water sustainability and agricultural management in the region.
Lead by the Desertification Research Centre of the University of Sassari in Italy and arising from the mind of its own president, the project targets two Maghreban watersheds, namely Oued Biskra, in Algeria, and Oum Zessar, in Tunisia. Both regions are characterized by water scarcity, overexploitation of groundwater and vulnerability to climate change risks.
While the scarcity of water in the two regions cannot be helped, the idea of the project is to save the periodic and ephemeral streams of the two zones from dispersion and evaporation. Giorgio Ghiglieri, professor of Hydrogeology at the University of Cagliari and the WADIS-MAR project coordinator, introduced the Managed Aquifer Recharge technique (MAR), through which the surface waters of the Wadi can be captured, allowing its accumulation in the aquifers, to increase the availability of groundwater resources and minimize evaporation.
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