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Mediterranean Water Heroes Youth Contest

  • Starts: Jan 27, 2017
  • Ends: Feb 25, 2017
  • By: CMI & Water Hub Partners: World Bank, AFD, GIZ, EIB, CIHEAM, Plan Bleu
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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.


    About The Contest

    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?

    • Young people aged 18 to 35 and working /or studying the water sector in the Mediterranean. 
    • Regardless of their place of residence, applicants must be nationals from one of the following Mediterranean countries: Albania, Algeria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus, Egypt, France, Greece, Italy, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Malta, Morocco, Montenegro, Palestinian Territories, Portugal, Slovenia, Spain, Syria, Tunisia and Turkey.
    • Applicants may be working for public institutions, research institutes, start-ups, NGOs, or as freelancers. 
    • Both individual and group applications are welcome. 

    What ideas are eligible?


    Applicants are invited to submit their innovative work around the following themes:

    • Zero Waste and Water in the Mediterranean: How can wastewater be perceived as a resource and used to increase water security in the Mediterranean?
    • The Multiple Uses of Wastewater: What are the different ways in which wastewater can be safely reused to benefit both humans and the environment?
    • Wastewater and the Circular Economy: How can wastewater contribute to creating new economic opportunities, specifically for young people, in a sustainable circular economy?

    CMI encourages applications from a wide range of backgrounds, including young water activists, entrepreneurs and researchers.



    • January 27th: Launch of the contest
    • February 25th, 23:59 CET time: Deadline for online applications 
    • March 21st-22nd: Participation of the winners at CMI World Water Day in Marseille, France

    Selection Criteria


    Water-related projects and research will be assessed according to the following criteria:

    • Innovative value 
    • Regional relevance and reproducibility
    • Overall quality of the application
    • Youth involvement 
    • Environmental, social and economic impact

    Selection Committee


    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.


    Legal Aspects


    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.



    • Networking: Sponsored registration at the Stockholm Water Week, Stockholm, Sweden (August 27-September 1, 2017);
    • Connecting with international experts:  Key speaking role during the CMI “Youth Innovating with Wastewater for a Sustainable Mediterranean” World Water Day event in Marseille, France (March 21-22, 2017);
    • Visibility: Showcasing of your work on the Center for Mediterranean Integration and partners’ websites;
    • Video: Featuring your work in a CMI video on wastewater reuse in the Mediterranean;
    • Mentoring: Peer-to-peer mentoring with other Mediterranean water activists and experts.

    How to Apply?

    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: with the subject line: “Language support – youth contest”. Only completed applications will be taken into consideration.



    For any question or inquiry,