Youth and Innovation for Sustainable entrepreneurship of Water and Marine Resources in the Mediterranean


Contributing to Sustainable Development in the Mediterranean Region, by promoting youth entrepreneurial initiatives, as well as youth inclusion and socio-economic opportunities in water resources management, in both marine and coastal areas.

Enhancing the contribution given by youth-led (<35 yo) innovative companies to the sustainable management of water and coastal/marine resources in Lebanon, Palestine, Tunisia, and Egypt


Donor: Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, AICS
National counterparts: Agriculture Ministries
Implementing Agencies: Research Institutes, resources management Entities (Water, Marine, etc.)
Beneficiaries: National counterparts and implementing Agencies Innovation Support Organizations (ISO) Innovative START-UP COMPANIES led by women and young entrepreneurs


12 months – to be extended to 20 m. : 26 November 2019 – 25 July


Litani river basin, Coastal areas
West Bank and Gaza

Youth and Innovation for Sustainable Management

WATERMEDYIN Project, financed by the Italian Cooperation and implemented by CIHEAM Bari, aims at contributing to sustainable development in line with SDGs, promoting youth entrepreneurship, youth inclusion and socio-economic opportunities in the water and marine-coastal sectors in the Mediterranean Region. Special attention will be paid to the development of women-led businesses. The water and coastal resources sector has been chosen for its relevance with the main issues of the Region, and for the possible multiple benefits and expected impact, in terms of: managing the demand for water resources, efficiency of water networks and health services, pollution reduction, contribution to groundwater replenishment, improvement of access to water in areas not served, better management of marine-coastal resources. The initiative will set up a network of innovation, created with a coherent and coordinated approach, contributing to the sustainability of socio-economic development, protection of natural resources and enhancement of the immaterial and material cultural heritage of the Mediterranean communities.

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