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The Mediterranean Groundwater WG (MED-EUWI Working Group on Groundwater) was set up in September 2004, as a thematic group of the Mediterranean Joint Process between the EU Water Framework Directive (2000/60/EC) and the Mediterranean Component of the EU Water Initiative (MED-EUWI). In parallel, it was directly linked to the EU Common Implemrntation Strategy (CIS) of the Water Framework Directive (WFD). 

The objective of the Mediterranean Groundwater WG is to exchange experiences, share common challenges and develop synergies between EU and non EU countries of the Mediterranean region, aiming at the adoption of a common vision on groundwater resources management, based on the Water Framework Directive (WFD) approaches and objectives and the regional conditions.

During its first phase (2004-2006), a report (Mediterranean Groundwater Report) has been prepared by the members of the WG. Among other issues, this report includes:

  • description and analysis of the role and importance of the groundwater resources for the Mediterranean region,
  • an identification of the most significant problems, pressing needs and challenges for the region regarding groundwater resources management,
  • specific recommendations, based on the WFD approach and the experiences of the EU and non-EU countries of the region,
  • approaches and aspects of the WFD which need specific attention and proper adaptation in the Mediterranean context.

The Mediterranean Groundwater WG, during the second phase (2007-2009) of the Mediterranean Joint Process, will be engaged mainly in the development and/or promotion of common approach methodologies and techniques for optimal groundwater exploitation and pollution control in the Mediterranean, based on the experiences of the EU and non-EU countries of the region, existing best practices and the regional conditions.

Working Group leaders and their contact details:


Spyros TASOGLOU, Greece, Hellenic Ministry for the Environment, Physical Planning and Public Works, Central Water Agency



Folder Useful links
Folder Contributions - Background documents
Folder Meetings
Folder Groundwater Private area [Restricted access]
PDF Mediterranean Groundwater Report Download
PDF Latest Mandate of the Second Phase of the Mediterranean Groundwater WG (v. 24/9/07) Download
DOC Mediterranean Groundwater WG Questionnaire Download
DOC General outline of the Mediterranean Groundwater WG Download
URL Guidance Documents - CIRCA library
URL Technical Reports on Groundwater - CIRCA library
PDF New Groundwater Directive Download
Document evolution-des-concentrations-en-nitrates-dans-les-eaux-souterraines Item only translated in French
URL Global Groundwater Information System (GGIS)
News Global Groundwater Information System (GGIS)
URL Groundwater Governance in the Arab Region
Document Groundwater Management in Arid and Semi-arid Regions
URL Groundwater in Spain: Overview and management practices
Document Integrated Groundwater Management Concepts, Approaches and Challenges
URL Waterbase - Groundwater
Pointer Joint Process - Phase II -2007-2009
5th Mediterranean Water Forum