LDEM Associate Professor Yaser Abunnasr received EU grants totaling €1,111,840 for two projects. The first, in which Abunnasr is PI with AUB co-PIs Nadim Farajalla (IFI) and Imad Saoud (Biology) received a grant of €751,000, and is part of the European Neighbourhood Instrument’s Cross border cooperation (ENI CBC) Mediterranean Sea Basin Program; the consortium includes investigators from Lebanon, Jordan, Italy, Spain, and Malta.
The project, Nature Based Solutions for Domestic Water Reuse in Mediterranean Countries (NAWAMED) will use the Beirut campus and AREC as experimental grounds to test green walls and constructed wetlands for the treatment of domestic wastewater.
The second project, Sustainable Networks for Agro-food innovation in the Mediterranean, or MedSNAIL, will address common socio-economic and environmental challenges in the agro-food sector by fostering valorization for developing small-scale traditional agro-food value chains through enhanced market potential and socio-environmental sustainability.
NAWAMED’s goal is to change urban water management practices using decentralized, nature-based solutions (innovative, sustainable, low-cost treatment technologies) to replace the use of potable water with the use of good quality, non-conventional water. NAWAMED is an effort to address the fact that untreated domestic wastewater in cities continues to be the main source of pollution to rivers, ground water and ecosystems.
The second project, MedSNAIL, received a grant of €360,840 and is part of the ENI CBC Mediterranean Sea Basin Program. MedSNAIL is lead by Dr. Abunnasr (PI) and co-PI Dr. Shadi Hamadeh (FAFS, ESDU), and involves three EU countries (Spain, Italy, and Malta) and four partner countries (Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, and Tunisia) to demonstrate a rich variety of agro-food products, representative of the Mediterranean diet, deeply rooted in local culture and biodiversity. These territories share common socio-economic and environmental challenges in the agro-food sector.
MedSNAIL aims to tackle these issues by fostering the valorization and developing small-scale traditional agro-food value chains using enhanced market potential and socio-environmental sustainability. Project activities will build on the well-established experience, principles, and methods of SlowFood (project partner), an international grassroots organization promoting traditional food with a strong focus on biodiversity preservation.