This project
is financed
by the


Implementing partner:

University of Sassari




WADIS-MAR Demonstration Project

Overall Objective: Improve living standards of the rural population in arid and semi-arid areas of Maghreb region in which  an increasing water scarcity contribute ongoing desertification processes.

Specific Objectives: Achieve an integrated, sustainable and participate harvesting water and water & agriculture management in the watershed Oued Biskra in Algeria and Oum Zessar in Tunisia for adaptation to climate change condition and drought

Target Groups: Farming households, smallholder irrigation farmers, herdsmen, user of wells in the project locations

Final beneficiaries: All households living in watershed of Oued Biskra and Oum Zessar; National and local institutions and organizations

North Africa arid land of Maghreb, suffer under scarce water conditions. Erratic behaviour of rainfall events over brief intervals often produce short and intense floods events which converge into ephemeral wadis beds.
Most part of the available superficial waters is thus lost, providing scarce benefits for households living in villages of such semi-desertic areas.

Through the implementation of proven climate change adaptation systems in two different wadi contexts, the Action will lead to:

  • improve traditional water harvesting (i.e. in Jessour and Tabias) by applying “soft” modern rehabilitation intervetion and promoting the use of modern techniques (gabions, recharge wells)
  • increase water availability through artificial aquifer recharge and evapotranspiration reduction
  • enhance water quality by reducing pollution caused by unsustainable farm practices
  • manage flood flow, run-off and hence reduce erosion
  • promote water efficient farming systems and the use of more stress-tolerant crops
  • use the surplus collected water for irrigation.

The Action’s community-based approach will empower local communities to take responsibility for the sustainable management of their local natural resources.
Then engagement of different stakeholders (decision makers, technicians, researcher, institutions at different levels) in a variety of participatory assessment and planning activities, will increase the ability of local communities to control their own natural resources and to promote local ownership.

WADIS-MAR Project Concept Note (file PDF - 831 Kb)


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