Platform for African – European Partnership in Agricultural Research for Development

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Highlight: Waterbiotech, a consortium of the Africa Call 2010

01.08.2011 – 01.02.2014.Biotechnology for Africa’s sustainable water supply: WATERBIOTECH is EU funded project under the European Framework (FP 7) with the theme: Coping with water scarcity in developing countries: Role of Biotechnology in water treatment – Mandatory ICPC (AFRICA). The project has 30 months duration started from 1 August, 2011 with a kick-off meeting in Tunis, Tunisia and a consortium of 20 partners from 17different African and European countries.

The purification and reuse of wastewater in combination with efficient use of water is the only sustainable way to solve the problem in water scarce region in Africa and all over the world. The high costs of conventional treatment processes have lead experts and authorities to search for creative, efficient and environmentally sound ways to control water pollution. The development of simple and cost effective Biotechnological water treatment technologies is particularly interesting for African countries.

The Biotechnological water treatment methods proposed in this project include Membrane bioreactor (MBR), Bio-desalination, neutralization and heavy metal removal, the nutrient film techniques and the tricking filter.

The First International WATERBIOTECH Conference

October 09-11, 2012 , National Research Center (NRC) Cairo, Egypt.
The Conference will provide an opportunity to bring environmentalist, water specialist, professors, scientists,engineers, and technicians’ from all the corners of Africa, Europe, Asia, and USA under one roof and discuss the major challenges of Water Biotechnology and sustainable water supply in Africa. This will also provide an opportunity for the international partners in the field to share their experiences and develop networking with regional scientists.


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