The Land and Water Division (L&W Div.) carries out education and training, research activities and cooperation actions and projects through capacity building, in line with CIHEAM’s mission and strategy.

Its main objective is to foster an integrated approach in Land and Water Resources Management within the Water-Energy-Food Nexus and  Food Security. Its activities cover Technical, Institutional, Socio-Economic and Governance aspects.

Education and training

Synergies between training/education, applied scientific research and cooperation are capitalized in order to provide tangible answers to current issues affecting the Mediterranean area. Activities range from national/regional strategic plans to local initiatives. All activities provide a platform for institutions and organizations wishing to cooperate across the Mediterranean. Furthermore, the experience gained can often be transferred to other regions of the world (i.e.: Uzbekistan, India, Brazil, Ethiopia, ...). Scientific publications play an important role in the Land and Water Division for the recognition and approval of new approaches and technologies to implement and/or disseminate in the Med Countries by the international scientific community. Puglia Region, in which CIHEAM Bari is located, is often used as a laboratory for testing and implementing new approaches, technologies and models.

Research and Cooperation

Research activities and cooperation projects focus on three main areas.

Measures to mitigate climate change impact on water resources and related infrastructures, such as

  1. efficient use of local resources, with particular regard to water demand management, water distribution and water use efficiency, water saving
  2. sustainable use of non-conventional water resources (brackish water and reuse of waste water)
  3. optimization of energy use along with water use efficiency (water-energy nexus)

Institutional, socio-economic and governance aspects, covering

  1. Strategies for increasing dialogue and cooperation between decision/policy makers and public/private enterprises
  2. Participatory Irrigation Management (PIM) and Water Users’ Associations (WUAs) in different Med countries
  3. Human-induced hazard and risk, and their impact on water and food resources availability.

Ecosystem  approach, including

  1. Capacity building and development
  2. Sustainable development
  3. Integration of existing chain (from farm to fork).

An important role for the correct implementation of any innovation is played by Pilot Areas, in which new technologies and approaches are tested and stakeholders’ reaction is assessed.

Our multi-disciplinary team can provide training in different languages, such as: Arabic, French, English, Italian, Spanish, Albanian and Serbo-Croatian.