H2020 wastewater treatment and reuse training in Algiers

on 15 June 2011.

Thirty two Algerian professionals from all over the country gathered in Algiers, to participate in a three-day workshop on wastewater treatment and reuse organized within the framework of the Horizon 2020 Capacity Building/MEP project. The course, which took place on 15-17 May 2011, aimed to support the Horizon 2020 initiative and its objective to de-pollute the Mediterranean Sea through developing and strengthening the capacities of professionals dealing with the management of wastewater in Mediterranean countries.

The workshop was introduced by Mr. Tahar Tolba, Assistant Director at the Algerian Ministry of Spatial Planning and Environment, who showcased the contribution of Algeria’s Physical Planning and Environment-related projects to the realization of the Horizon 2020 objectives through the construction and rehabilitation of wastewater treatment plants at national level. Mr. Stéphane Devaux, from the European Union Delegation in Algeria, also participated in the workshop and took the opportunity to present the EU projects and activities implemented in cooperation with the Ministry of Spatial Planning and Environment, whose estimated budget will reach 35 million euros.

During the course, the participants experienced extensive hands-on training through the use of advanced software aimed at facilitating technology selection in wastewater management. Further to the lectures and presentations, they were involved in group exercises and discussions leading to the exchange of experiences. As most participants were experienced wastewater managers and decision-makers from the central government, local authorities, water and sewage associations, etc., the level of the course was truly advanced. By the end of the course most participants stated that the workshop offered considerable added value to their know-how and expertise in the fields of wastewater treatment and environmental protection.

The course was organized by the UNESCO-IHE Institute for Water Education with the support of the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA).