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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.

Call for proposal

FP7-AFRICA-2010
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VEREIN ZUR FORDERUNG DES TECHNOLOGIETRANSFERS AN DER HOCHSCHULE BREMERHAVEN EV
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27572 Bremerhaven
Germany

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Gerhard Schories (Dr.)
EU contribution
€ 212 862

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UNIVERSITE PAUL CEZANNE AIX MARSEILLE III

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France
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Avenue Robert Schuman 3
13628 Aix-en-provence
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Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Philippe Moulin (Prof.)
BIOAZUL, SL
Spain
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€ 70 058
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Avenida Manuel Agustin Heredia Numero 18, 1-4
29001 Malaga

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Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
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Rafael Casielles (Mr.)
CENTRE DE BIOTECHNOLOGIE DE SFAX - CBS
Tunisia
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€ 50 776
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Route Sidi Mansour Km 6
3018 Sfax

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Sami Sayadi (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAET FUER BODENKULTUR WIEN
Austria
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€ 72 546
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Gregor Mendel Strasse 33
1180 Wien

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Guenter Langergraber (Dr.)
CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE
Italy
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€ 51 777
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Piazzale Aldo Moro 7
00185 Roma

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Alberto Figoli (Dr.)
UNIVERSITY OF BATH
United Kingdom
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€ 44 576
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Claverton Down
BA2 7AY Bath

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Thomas Arnot (Dr.)
CENTRE INTERNATIONAL DES TECHNOLOGIES DE L'ENVIRONNEMENT DE TUNIS
Tunisia
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€ 54 142
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Boulevard Du Leader Yasser Arafat
1080 Tunis

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Amel Jrad (Dr.)
INTERNATIONAL WATER MANAGEMENT INSTITUTE IWMI
Sri Lanka
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€ 82 030
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127 Sunil Mawatha
10120 Colombo

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Colin Chartres (Mr.)
UNIVERSITE D'AIX MARSEILLE
France
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€ 32 144
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Boulevard Charles Livon 58 Le Pharo
13284 Marseille

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Philippe Moulin (Prof.)
UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spain
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€ 48 471
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Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona

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Cristina Avila (Ms.)
CENTRE REGIONAL POUR L'EAU POTABLE ET L'ASSAINISSEMENT A FAIBLE COUT
Burkina Faso
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€ 77 575
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Rue Naaba Kiba Boulsa 441
03 Ouagadougou

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Ignace Koui (Mr.)
UNIVERSITAET BREMEN
Germany
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€ 60 374
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Bibliothekstrasse 1
28359 Bremen

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Martina Behrens (Ms.)
National Research Center
Egypt
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€ 42 179
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El Buhouth Street
12311 Cairo

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Hussein I. Abdel-Shafy (Dr.)
UNIVERSITE CHEIKH ANTA DIOP DE DAKAR
Senegal
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€ 35 390
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Avenue Martin Luther King
- Dakar Fann

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Abdou Salam Sall (Prof.)
UNIVERSITE CADI AYYAD
Morocco
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€ 30 281
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Boulevard Abdelkarim Khattabi
40 000 Marrakech

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Leila Mandi (Prof.)
CENTRE DE DEVELOPPEMENT DES ENERGIES RENOUVELABLES
Algeria
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€ 34 347
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Route De L Observatoire Bouzareah
16340 Alger

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Hacene Mahmoudi (Dr.)
KING SAUD UNIVERSITY
Saudi Arabia
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Po Box 2454
11451 Riyadh

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Fakhrul Razi Bin Ahmadun (Dr.)