Mediterranean Cooperation in the Treatment and Valorisation of Olive Mill Wastewater (MEDOLICO), an EU-Med Cross-Border Cooperation project, will be presented during the twelfth edition of “OLIOLIVA”, a fair dedicated to the olive oil sector to take place in Imperia (Italy) from 16 to 18 November.

During a workshop scheduled on the first day of the fair, the innovative technologies being developed by MEDOLICO to reduce the toxic substances contained in olive mill wastewater will be showcased.

The event is organised by the Liguria Chamber of Commerce (Italy), a partner of MEDOLICO. The project, implemented under the Cross-Border Cooperation Programme in the Mediterranean (CBCMed) over a period of 36 months, aims to address the need for a harmonised and basin-wide effort that significantly reduces the environmental impact of wastewater generated by olive mills.

Besides building up cost-efficient solutions, MEDOLICO will also contribute to recovering a suitable quantity of by-products resulting from olive oil extraction to compensate for the cost of wastewater treatment technologies. Finally, olive mill operators will be supported through training sessions and guidelines.

The project’s budget is €1,964,500 of which €1,768,050 provided as ENPI contribution (90%). Led by the University of Cyprus, International Water Research Centre, the partnership is composed of the following organisations:

• Matimop, Israeli Industry Center for R&D (Israel)

• Liguria Chamber of Commerce (Italy, Liguria)

• National Laboratory of Energy and Geology, Bio-energy Unit (Portugal)

• Jordan University of Science and Technology (Jordan, Irbid)

• Ben Gurion University of the Negev (Israel)

• University of Genova, Department of Chemicals and Industrial chemicals (Italy, Liguria)

Source: EU info Centre

This project is also featured at:

Turning olive oil waste into euros while protecting nature. [10-04-2013]

Environmental and commercial solutions for wastewater from olive mills. [02-07-2013]