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Project Institutional and social innovations in irrigation mediterranean management

-  The aim of the ISIIMM project is to share experiences, knowledge and build new perspectives for sustainable water management in Mediterranean agriculture systems. We propose to work on 12 specific well documented case studies inside river basins in 6 different Mediterranean countries, involving local partners, water users, citizens, development agents, researchers, teachers and administrations in building new visions and agreements for the sustainable management of water resources.

- With a primary objective to help local rural communities adapt to the emerging problems resulting from pressures on the water supply, two priorities will guide programmed activities:

- Working with local irrigation organisations and working with the professionals of development.

Project number n/a
Subject(s) WATER DEMAND , no translation available , DRINKING WATER AND SANITATION : COMMON PROCESSES OF PURIFICATION AND TREATMENT , no translation available
Acronym ISIIMM
Geographical coverage France, Morocco, Egypt, Lebanon, Spain, Italy
Budget (in €) 4186410
Programme MEDA-WATER
Web site
Objectives Overall objective(s):

  •  Promoting an integrated and balanced management of water resources by conciliating respect of the environment and economically viable irrigated agriculture.

Specific project objective(s):

  •  Overcoming current contradictions associated with local water management in Mediterranean catchment areas through innovative institutional solutions, based on an understanding of six key axes: social, institutional, historical, agricultural, territorial and hydrological.

The social way:

  • Essential to an understanding of irrigation techniques developed in the framework of social systems that are characterised by alliance or competition.

The institutional way:

  • The three main forms of local management - administrative, community-based and industrial - reflect the diversity of competing interests for water that need to be reconciled.

The historical way:

  • Describes how the other mechanisms have developed through cycles of activity, (mis-)management and crisis, reestablishment, rehabilitation and reorganisation.

The agricultural way:

  • Land use patterns result from the interplay of multiple factors and are in constant evolution to provide rural populations with their livelihood. Water needs and uses evolve in tandem with them.

The territorial way:

  • A reading of the landscape allows us to understand how irrigation and drainage systems form a network whose meaning is not only technical and hydraulic but also social and political.

The hydrological way:

  • Water scenarios need to be adapted to different situations, especially where reliable information, including the evaluation of water scarcity and abundance (the frequency of droughts and floods), is lacking.
Results Planned outputs:

* Building a common knowledge and comprehension of social and institutional irrigation management and creating adapted institutional tools,

* Creating new perspectives for irrigation development policies and for innovation at local level through guidelines and documents that synthesise the 11 ISIIMM pilot-basin cases,

* Creating OSIRIS (database, GIS) and communication products 􀂃 Training and dissemination through website and distance learning,
Period [01/05/2003 - 01/05/2007]


  • Agropolis International
    Agriculture - Information - Environnement
    Coordinator acts as project coordinator
    Country France
    Web site
    Contact Mr. COUTURE Jean-Louis,
    Position: General coordinator of the project
    Phone/fax: +33 (0)4 67 04 75 75,
  • EASURD - Egyptian Association for Sustainable Rural Development
    Country Egypt
    Contact Mr El zoghby Salah M.,
    Phone/fax: 00 2012 3105899, 00 202 7745057
  • Fondazione Eni Enrico Mattei
    Country Italy
    Web site
    Contact Mme Camera Roberta,
    Phone/fax: ,
  • Chambre de Commerce, d'Industrie et d'Agriculture de Zahle et de la Bekaa (CCIAZ)
    Country Lebanon
    Contact Mr Gedeon Said,
    Phone/fax: ,
  • Association Al Majal
    Country Morocco
    Contact Mr Reddad. MAHER,
    Position: Président
    Phone/fax: 044 43 05 02, 044 43 05 01
  • Polytechnic University of Valencia (UPV)
    Country Spain
    Web site
    Contact ,
    Phone/fax: +34) 963 87 70 00 / (+34) 963 87 70 07, +34 963 87 90 09