WES – Water and Environment Support in the ENI Southern Neighbourhood region

Project Duration
2019 - 2023
€ 7.9 million

Countries covered:

  • Algeria
  • Egypt
  • Israel
  • Jordan
  • Lebanon
  • Libya
  • Morocco
  • Palestine *
  • Syria *
  • Tunisia

Brief Description

The project’s purpose is to contribute to increase the capacity of various stakeholders involved in pollution reduction and water management in order to support them in formulating and implementing the environmental and water policies. It will be building on the experience gained through the predecessor projects, the “Sustainable Water Integrated Management and Horizon 2020 Support Mechanism” (SWIM-H2020 SM) project 2016-2019 and the “Sustainable Water Integrated Management Support Mechanism (SWIM SM) project 2010-2015.

Countries covered: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia.


The aim of the project is to contribute to the reduction and prevention of the pollution in the Mediterranean region, to limit marine litter, to support the shift to a sustainable consumption and production model, to implement integrated management of water resources and to strengthen efficient use of water in countries highly vulnerable to the Climate Change.

Actions in brief

The project will build on the UfM priorities and the results of the initiative «Horizon 2020 for a cleaner Mediterranean». Activities will support the UfM agenda on Environment and Water and the objectives of the Barcelona Convention concerning the Mediterranean marine and coastal environmental protection.

Fight against the Mediterranean pollution with a special focus on plastic pollution: supporting the design and implementation of national regulatory frameworks in the field of pollution reduction, strengthening the implementation of the regional action plan against marine litter and the regional sustainable consumption and production action plan.

– Support to the water sector: providing technical assistance to national authorities to improve their policy framework on water, giving guidance to implement regional policies and initiatives focusing on efficient use of water. A special attention is to be given to the water, energy, food and ecosystem nexus based on an integrated approach.

Support to the UfM working groups in the field of environment and water.


Environment & Climate change