Mediterranean cooperation in the treatment and valorization of olive mill wastewater
Program at a glance
ENPI CBCMED, European Union
Mediterranean Cooperation in the Treatment and Valorization of Olive Mill Wastewater
Prof. Despo Fatta Kassinos, NIREAS – International Water Research Center, University of Cyprus
Matimop, Israel Industry for R&D, Israel
Budget for Nireas-IWRC
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.