Mediterranean cooperation in the treatment and valorization of olive mill wastewater

Program at a glance

Funding Agencies

ENPI CBCMED, European Union

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Project Title

Mediterranean Cooperation in the Treatment and Valorization of Olive Mill Wastewater


Project Coordinator

Prof. Despo Fatta Kassinos, NIREAS – International Water Research Center, University of Cyprus


Associated Beneficiaries

Matimop, Israel Industry for R&D, Israel
Unioncamere Liguria, Italy
Unidade de Bioenergia, Laboratorio Nacional de Energia e Geologia, LNEG, Portugal
Jordan University of Science and Technology, Jordan
The Ben-Gurion University, Israel
University of Genoa, Italy


Total Budget

1,964,499.25 €


Budget for Nireas-IWRC

294,008.97 €


Project Website


Program Overview

MEDOLICO (ENPI CBCMED) was a joint Mediterranean initiative bringing together regions from the East-end (Cyprus, Israel, Jordan) to the West-end (Portugal) and from the North-end (Italy) of the Mediterranean basin that are highly active in olive oil production and all face environmental and economic challenges posed by the management of olive mill wastewater (OMW).

The overall goal of the MEDOLICO project was to prevent and reduce the environmental risk presented by OMW by collaborating on the evaluation of the performance of various advanced treatment technologies at both bench and pilot scale and actively valorizing, in an integrated manner, the phenolic compounds (i.e. by-products) recovered from the OMW in order to provide solutions that significantly reduce the environmental impact of olive mills and sustainably protect the natural heritage of the Mediterranean basin.

Program Objectives

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