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Integrated water management of Mediterranean phosphate mining and local agricultural systems

Objective

The phosphate industry is a major contributor to the economy of some Medit. countries (Morocco, Jordan, Tunisia, etc). Large volumes of water are required by the mining industry from areas where water resources are scarce or limited. Water scarcity may be worsened by a degradation of the water quality after phosphate processing. The pressure on water is liable to hamper the development of phosphate industry and results in competition with other water reliant economic sectors such as agriculture or tourism. The El'Maa project meets this strategic need: to reduce tensions on water resources (quantity and quality) at regional scale; to consolidate the sustainable development of the phosphate mining industry. El'Maa will focus in priority on the interface betwee n the mining and agricultural sectors, given the economic and social importance of the latter sector. The general objective of El'Maa is to provide the phosphate industry and the water managers with a methodology for the integrated management of water reso urces in the zone of influence of the mine sites and supply technological innovations to reduce the pressure on water resources, in mining (e.g. use of municipal wastewater in phosphate process) and agricultural practices (e.g. use of phosphate process wat er). This methodology will integrate a customised Decision Support System with a realistic representation of water management system, integrating technical, economic, social and environmental dimensions. El'Maa DSS will serve i) to identify and rank the fa ctors controlling water management and sharing; ii) to optimize the water consumption and re-use; iii) to measure the potential impact of changes in the mining and agricultural practices related to technological innovation or evolutions in the institution al or regulatory framework. It is accordingly possible for the phosphate industry as well as the institutional players to rank the actions to be initiated and hence to propose action plans.

Call for proposal

FP6-2003-INCO-MPC-2
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Funding Scheme

STREP - Specific Targeted Research Project

Coordinator

BUREAU DE RECHERCHES GEOLOGIQUES ET MINIERES
Address
39-43, Quai André Citroën -Tour Mirabeau
Paris
France

Participants (7)

AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY OF ATHENS
Greece
Address
75, Iera Odos Str.
Athens
AL-BALQA APPLIED UNIVERSITY
Jordan
Address
University Street
Salt
CENTRE D'ETUDES ET DE RECHERCHES DES PHOSPHATES MINÉRAUX
Morocco
Address
73-87 Boulevard Moulay Ismael
Casablanca
CENTRE DE RECHERCHES ET DES TECHNOLOGIES DES EAUX
Tunisia
Address
Route Touristique De Soliman, Technopole Borj Cedria
Soliman
INSTITUT NATIONAL AGRONOMIQUE DE TUNISIE
Tunisia
Address
43, Avenue Charles Nicolle
Cité Mahrajene Tunis
UNIVERSITÉ CADI AYYAD
Morocco
Address
Quartier Daoudyate
Marrakech
VRIJE UNIVERSITEIT BRUSSEL
Belgium
Address
Pleinlaan 2
Brussel