The CPMR’s Intermediterranean Commission’s (IMC) is continuing its work to improve water management and energy policies in the Mediterranean.
Regions involved in the IMC Working Group on ‘Water & Energy’ gathered in Valencia on 17-18 October to share ideas and experiences and agree the first stages of joint work on specific aspects regarding this issues. The event was hosted and coordinated by the Working Group co-presidency, the Generalitat Valenciana.
On the event’s first day, the IMC Task Force on Energy renovation in Mediterranean Buildings, led by Catalonia, organised an exchange on regional experiences, strategies and measures.
This involved discussions on the first steps towards the elaboration of a future Joint Action Plan as on possible synergies with the SHERPA Interreg MED project (Shared Knowledge for Energy Renovation in buildings by Publics Administration). The project was recently approved by the programme and involves Catalonia as lead partner, along with several IMC regions and the IMC CPMR itself as full partner.
Around 20 regions from North (Spain, Italy, France, Greece) and South (Morocco, Tunisia) Mediterranean shores took part in the meeting, outlining their points of view and expressing their interest in future Sherpa works. The discussions helped establish the basis for a sound, long-term development process.
The international conference on management of water and renewable energies, on the second day, involved regions and several key stakeholders from the academia and the private sector. More than 100 participants shared technical answers and reflexions concerning:
- Innovative and effective water management systems, focusing in particular on the use of renewable energies (e.g. photovoltaic) for reclaimed waters and desalinization,
- Other topics connected to alteration of coastal aquatic ecosystems as a consequence of Eutrophication following the use of reclaimed waters or fertilizers, reclaimed water quality control etc.
At the end of the event, the IMC Working Group members approved a political position on water and energy. The position – which will now be presented to the IMC Plenary for final approval – shows the commitment of the regions, as well as their specific demands and perspectives on joint work in the future.
In terms of the work over the next few years, the Working Group members are willing to support in particular plans for the research and development of technologies to improve the yields and efficiency of water conveyance, as well as the production of renewable energies.
It is anticipated that all these efforts will generate new synergies at technical and political level, based on the triple helix, as well as a direct impact on policies for efficient water management, and concrete projects on the ground. Regarding projects, the regions will exploit the main opportunities available at European and Mediterranean level.
The presentations from both events are available on the IMC CPMR website.