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World Water Day
Every year, World Water Day draws the world’s attention to key global water issues. World Water Day 2017 focuses on Water and Wastewater. Wastewater can be a valuable resource in the circular economy and an efficient investment in the health of humans and ecosystems.
The MENA region is the most water scarce region in the world, with 15 countries in the region suffering from extreme water scarcity (less than 500 m³/year of renewable water per capita per year). Numerous phenomena are further worsening water security in the region, notably climate change and environmental factors, population growth, increased urbanization, ongoing water mismanagement and faulty water service provision systems.
Wastewater is an important means to reverse this downward spiral, and can contribute to viable regional mitigation and adaptation measures in order to increase water security in the Mediterranean. It has an important role to play in agriculture, urban green spaces, domestic water use (e.g. sanitation) and landscape restoration, amongst others. However, negative perceptions related to wastewater limit its safe use. Better understanding how and where it can be used safely is an important step in making wastewater socially acceptable.
A Contest Focusing on Mediterranean Youth
Youth has an important role to play in working towards water security and increased water awareness. Young people are involved in innovative water-related projects and research around the Mediterranean, and are key in securing a more sustainable water future in the region.
For all of these reasons, the Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI) is organizing a youth-focused Mediterranean event entitled “Youth Innovating with Wastewater for a Sustainable Mediterranean”, on March 21-22 2017. The aim of this event is to focus on wastewater as an important means for combating water scarcity in the Mediterranean region.
In the run-up to this event, the “Mediterranean Water Heroes” youth contest will offer young water activists from around the Mediterranean the opportunity to showcase their innovative work on wastewater and the circular economy.
The Center for Mediterranean Integration (CMI), in collaboration with its Water Hub partners (AFD, GIZ, EIB, CIHEAM, World Bank, Plan Bleu).
Who is Eligible?
What ideas are eligible?
Applicants are invited to submit their innovative work around the following themes:
CMI encourages applications from a wide range of backgrounds, including young water activists, entrepreneurs and researchers.
Water-related projects and research will be assessed according to the following criteria:
The jury will consist of the CMI team and selected water experts from CMI’s partner organizations, notably the World Bank, AFD, GIZ, EIB, CIHEAM and Plan Bleu. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis from January 25th to February 25th.
The above competition rules are binding throughout the entire duration of the “Mediterranean Water Heroes” World Water Day Youth Contest. Participating in the contest indicates that applicants have read and accepted these rules and regulations and agree to abide by them. CMI reserves the right to disqualify any team and/or team member it believes to be not abiding by the rules of the CMI World Water Day Contest.
Applications will be submitted through this page in either English or Arabic. For applicants facing difficulties in filling out the forms in English or Arabic, we can offer limited language support for other Mediterranean languages. E-mail us at: email@example.com with the subject line: “Language support – youth contest”. Only completed applications will be taken into consideration.
For any question or inquiry, firstname.lastname@example.org