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 management board is structured in a way to ensure a proper overall legal, ethical, financial and administrative management, as well as high quality and optimal efficiency of the implementation of the project. The foreseen management structure consisting of TTZ as the general manager and project coordinator, BIOAZUL, the administrative manager, CREPA is the scientific manager and the introduction of IWMI as a local manager, with different partners in the consortium serving as the leaders of the 6 different Work Package (WP) and task leader will assure efficient performance of the project.

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.


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