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Biotechnology for Africa's sustainable water supply

Biotechnology for Africa's sustainable water supply

Objective

More than water scarcity, diseases and civil wars, Africa is also the least wealthy continent, in terms of economic and financial resources. These combined and tightly linked problems have led to a restricted range of choices, affordable for African countries, to deal particularly with the water issue, as a major topic. Polluted water treatment before use has been their almost unique solution to deal with a growing water scarcity. The treatment of water and elimination of pollutants, mainly pathogenic organisms, xenobiotics and heavy metals, although itself presents significant challenges, is crucial for human health and environmental considerations. However, most regions in developing countries cannot afford the costs of advanced and specialized systems.
Numerous water cleaning methods are based in natural, plants or micro-organisms, biochemical processes. Biotechnology is a useful tool that is delivering improved products and process for environmental sustainability, and promises a range of benefits to manage the industrial WW economically and effectively around the world. Some biotechnological techniques are quite sophisticated but others are simple, cost effective and adapted to local conditions and resources of developing countries.
These natural biological treatment systems include lagooning, land treatment, phytodepuration, or constructed wetlands systems. They can be applied as secondary or tertiary purification treatment, allowing the removal of pathogenic microorganisms and the degradation of the organic pollutants, so that waste water can be recycled for irrigation and domestic use and hence reduce the pressure on the hydric resources. Other biotechnological techniques to be taken into account within this proposal are biofiltration, membrane bioreactors and algae and other aquatic crops’ application for wastewater purification.
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Coordinator

VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN EV

Address

Am Lunedeich 12
27572 Bremerhaven

Germany

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 212 862

Administrative Contact

Gerhard Schories (Dr.)

Participants (17)

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UNIVERSITE PAUL CEZANNE AIX MARSEILLE III

France

BIOAZUL, SL

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 70 058

CENTRE DE BIOTECHNOLOGIE DE SFAX - CBS

Tunisia

EU Contribution

€ 50 776

UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN

Austria

EU Contribution

€ 72 546

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 51 777

UNIVERSITY OF BATH

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 44 576

CENTRE INTERNATIONAL DES TECHNOLOGIES DE L'ENVIRONNEMENT DE TUNIS

Tunisia

EU Contribution

€ 54 142

INTERNATIONAL WATER MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE IWMI

Sri Lanka

EU Contribution

€ 82 030

UNIVERSITE D'AIX MARSEILLE

France

EU Contribution

€ 32 144

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 48 471

CENTRE REGIONAL POUR L'EAU POTABLE ET L'ASSAINISSEMENT A FAIBLE COUT

Burkina Faso

EU Contribution

€ 77 575

UNIVERSITAET BREMEN

Germany

EU Contribution

€ 60 374

National Research Center

Egypt

EU Contribution

€ 42 179

UNIVERSITE CHEIKH ANTA DIOP DE DAKAR

Senegal

EU Contribution

€ 35 390

UNIVERSITE CADI AYYAD

Morocco

EU Contribution

€ 30 281

CENTRE DE DEVELOPPEMENT DES ENERGIES RENOUVELABLES CDER

Algeria

EU Contribution

€ 34 347

KING SAUD UNIVERSITY

Saudi Arabia

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 265972

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 August 2011

  • End date

    31 January 2014

Funded under:

FP7-KBBE

  • Overall budget:

    € 1 264 465,80

  • EU contribution

    € 999 528

Coordinated by:

VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN EV

Germany