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Mediterranean Cooperation in the Treatment and Valorisation of Olive Mill Wastewater

Mediterranean Cooperation in the Treatment and Valorisation of
Olive Mill Wastewater

MEDOLICO Workshop held in Israel

To conclude its first year of activities, the members of the MEDOLICO project, a joint Mediterranean initiative for cooperation in the treatment and valorisation of olive mill wastewater, held a workshop and technical meeting in Israel from January 15-17, 2013. MEDOLICO partners from throughout the Mediterranean region - including Cyprus, Israel, Italy, Portugal, and Jordan – attended the event, which included working meetings and a tour and seminar focused on “Olive Oil & the Environment,” at Beit Igal Alon in Ginosar, in cooperation with the Israeli Olive Board.

MEDOLICO aims to promote and facilitate wider implementation of practical and cost-efficient solutions to olive mill wastewater treatment and management at the Mediterranean basin level in order to reduce the environmental footprint of olive mills.

The Mediterranean region accounts for 97% of the world's olive production. About 11 million tons of olives are produced each year out of which nearly 2 million tons of olive oil is extracted. The estimated waste generated annually by olive oil processing is 9 million tons: this can potentially cause serious environmental harm if not disposed properly.

MEDOLICO specifically targets the issue of olive oil mill wastewater (OMW), which is highly resistant to biodegradation. Provided that the treatment of OMW has only been partially addressed through isolated studies, there is a need for a harmonized and basin-wide effort that significantly reduces the environmental impact of wastewater generated by olive mills.

The MEDOLICO project is supported under the ENPI CBC "Mediterranean Sea Basin" Programme . The multilateral cross-border cooperation "Mediterranean Sea Basin Programme" is part of the new European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP) and of its financing instrument (European Neighbourhood and Partnership Instrument - ENPI) for the 2007-2013 period: it aims at reinforcing cooperation between the European Union (EU) and partner countries regions placed along the shores of the Mediterranean Sea.

Photos of the event are available on MATIMOP's Facebook Page.

For more information about MEDOLICO, please visit: http://www.matimop.org.il/MEDOLICO.html or www. medolico .com .

More information about the ENPI CBC "Mediterranean Sea Basin" Programme is available at: http://www.enpicbcmed.eu/en