The use of treated waste water in forestry and agroforestry systems (.eu)
Sunday November 4, 2012
Gianni Pittella, Vice-President of the EU Parliament, met with the Assistant Director General of Forestry, Eduardo Rojas-Briales, project staff and representatives of the Italian partner institutions to be briefed on the activities of the FAO project on the use of treated waste water in forestry and agroforestry systems to sustain livelihoods.
Over the last 6 months, the project has carried out a forest management plan for a plantation irrigated with treated waste water along the Suez Canal, Egypt; implemented a ferti-irrigation plant in Morocco and a phyto-depuration plant in an oasis of the Sahara desert in Algeria. Another two agroforestry systems will be designed to provide treated waste water in Tunisia. In the four Mediterranean countries, the FAO project aims to increase the quality and availability of water for agroforestry production to ensure food security and to control desertification. The project also provides country capacity building through training courses to national professionals as well as knowledge and technology transfer within project countries. A PhD student will work on the implementation of the ferti-irrigation plant of Marrakech. Despite the small budget and limited time, the project complies with the UNCCD and Bonn challenge to restore 150 million hectares of lost forests and degraded lands worldwide by 2020.
H.E. Pittella showed great appreciation and support for the work done by the project and stressed the importance for Europe to cooperate with all the Mediterranean countries. H.E. Pittella also appreciated the involvement of Italian institutions, particularly from the Basilicata region (University of Basilicata and CeBasMed, Centro Studi Basilicata Mediterraneo) for their strong knowledge and links with Mediterranean countries. The meeting concluded with an invitation to FAO to present the project and related activities in the Mediterranean region at the European Parliament in Brussels.
H.E. Pittella was accompanied by Mr. Alessandro Villa, First Counsellor of the EU representation to FAO and H.E. Hassan Abouyoub, Ambassador of Morocco. The Italian project partners at the meeting included the Italian Forest Service, represented by Ms. Lorenza Colletti, the National Council of Research, represented by Mr. Mauro Centritto, the Research Council for Agriculture, represented by Mr. Giuseppe Scarascia Mugnozza and Mr. Giovanni Mughini and the University of Basilicata, represented by Mr. Salvatore Masi.
For further information: http://www.fao.org/forestry/66627/en/