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  • MAYA's Newsletter 4



    17 January 2019 MAYA’s Partners met in Rome at UNIMED Headquarters to discuss about the following steps of the Project, and in particular important decisions were taken about:

     The Dissemination conferences;

     The teachers mobility strand in Sardinia, Spain and Greece.


    The three Tunisian HEIs received the Equipment in two different moments: in January, during the steering committee the GPS; in April, during a special cerimony at the University of Sfax the 10 notebook; a multiparameter sonde and 20 Virtual Reality Oculus kit (one for each student).

    About the April meeting Prof. Talel Stambouli shared: “Pr. Olfa Benouda, President of UCAR inaugurated on April 2nd, 2019 the new computer room dedicated to new students in the framework of the GIREAD Masters (project MAYA, ERASMUS + KA107, 586170-EPP-1-2017-1-2017 -1-IT-EPPKA2-CBHE-JP) at the Mograne Higher School of Agriculture. The Master in Integrated Water Management and Sustainable Agriculture, aims to train experts in the field of agricultural water management. Tunisia is part of the group of southern Mediterranean countries where water resources are one of the most endangered environmental goods. Its water potential is modest. In the current context of climate change and given the current evolution of society and the economy of the country, this rare resource will soon reach the limits of its production. Needs, meanwhile, continue to increase in all sectors (urban, agricultural, industrial, tourist, ...). Water has become the object of important economic and social issues. The new masters course will be both face-to-face and innovative online, delivered by EU partners, using didactic modules on advanced technologies and integrated tools. A new e-learning environment will be set up and new e-learning materials will be created by EU higher education institutions supported by local teachers and uploaded to the directory. An interactive e-learning platform will be created and used to link learning activities between local higher education institutions and disseminate the results and knowledge gained to other Tunisian universities. This new room is occupied by virtual reality kits (VR) for the realization of the educational game designed by the students. The new Master, entitled "Integrated Management of Water Resources and Sustainable Agriculture" will be master of research in the LMD System obeying Decree No. 2012-1227 of 1 August 2012, setting the general framework of the study regime and the conditions of national master's degree in the "LMD" system. The studies leading to the national master's degree last two years (M1 and M2) and include one hundred and twenty (120ECTS) credits spread over four semesters (S1, S2, S3 and S4). The semester includes at least fourteen (14) teaching weeks”.



    On the 13th of April, 2019, a MAYA dissemination opportunity has been organized by the Greek participating partner in the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. For the purpose of this event faculty staff members and postgraduate students of the School of Agriculture have been invited to participate. In Particular, 19 postgraduate students, of the Greek-Russian postgraduate study program on organic farming, and 4 members of academic staff participated in the conference room of the School of Agriculture. During the event three presentations took place: Firstly, the general objectives of the project, as well as the structure of the work plan, the work packages and the main deliverables, have been presented by Prof. Konstadinos Mattas (National Scientific Coordinator). Following, Prof. Pantazis Georgiou presented the MAYA website and the social network opportunities while Prof. Anastasios Michailidis presented the implemented activities and the expected benefits for the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Public was encouraged to participate with comments, questions or ideas and to interact via social networks. It’s worth noting that postgraduate students were very interested on the project results and especially on the MOOC e-learning platform. It was a very interesting and useful opportunity to disseminate the work done in MAYA project so far and to deeply discuss issues related to training needs with students and researches in Greece. Some important concluding remarks and policy implications have been derived during this event which will be communicated with the MAYA consortium.


    In the frame of the MAYA Project, from the 29th of April to the 2nd of May, at the University of Sfax took place an online workshop led by Dr. Gabriel JALAM, (Head of the Center for Information Technology and Communication at Agrocampus-Ouest in Rennes - France). The participants had the opportunity to deepen the following topics: Scripting and production of an online course (Scenarichaine Platform - Module Opal);  Design of an individual learning path (Scenarichaine Platform, TModule opaz);  Capturing and editing tutorial videos (Camtasia Studio); Realization of interactive tutorials; Support for editing MOOC projects and getting started with the FUN platform (OpenEdx); Advanced introduction and option of the Moodle platform (creation of a bank questions and setting penalties and feedback; setting up a test in online and offline; creation of interactive activities (H5P); setting up questionnaires and a database type activity (form, addition of cards).


    The Irrigation Engineering and Management Research Group from University of Girona is improving surface irrigation efficiency by automating irrigation channels.

    The project objectives, agreed between local Water Communities, Regional Administration and University of Girona, aim to update existing irrigation channel infrastructure to reduce water losses and improve water availability in time and quantity to farmers.

    GIS-based estimations of crop irrigation demands allow optimal management of water allocation throughout irrigation channel networks. Thanks to the implementation of Information and Communication Technologies, flow and level measurements are captured in real-time all over the network and allow the control and operation of automated regulation gates to deliver the right amount of water at the right time to each plot. Moreover, the system reacts to unknown events as rainfalls and droughts to adapt to such situations.

    “Girona, Water-Sensitive Region” is a Regional Competitiveness and Smart Specialization Project co-funded by European Regional Development Fund, Diputació de Girona and University of Girona taking place in Baix Ter area, North-East Spain.




    10th ISMAR CONFERENCE, 20-24 MAY 2019 Madrid, Spain. Website:

    This conference gives  continuity to a series of conferences with Managed Aquifer Recharge as a first row water management technique; in being organized by Tragsa Group, with the Spanish Geological Survey (IGME) and the Spanish Chapter of the International Water Resources Association as invited co-organizers. These institutions have carried out most of the MAR facilities in operation in Spain, and have supported R&D projects on MAR, helping in the dissemination of this technique for decades.

    7th Maghreb Conference on Desalination and Water Treatment, 22-25 December, Sol Azul Hotel, Hammamet, Tunisia. Website:

     This seventh Maghreb Conference on Desalination and Water treatment "CMTDE 2019" is an excellent forum for scientists, professionals and technicians in particular the North African country. It will be dedicated to fresh water for the Maghreb where the situation is much more serious with the rapid increase in population and much lower rainfall.

    Abstract Submission: 31 July 2019; 2 week after Abstract Submission, Full Paper Submission.



    Hayfa E. et all (2017) The relationship between energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and meteorological factors in Sfax (Tunisia): an ARDL bounds testing approach.

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    2. Hayfa, E. et all (2017) The relationship between energy consumption, greenhouse gas emissions, and meteorological factors in Sfax (Tunisia): an ARDL bounds testing approach, Journal of Environmental Economics and Policy, 6:3, 309-323. 

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    3. Slama F. et all (2019) Modelling the Impact on Root Water Uptake and Solute Return Flow of Different Drip Irrigation Regimes with Brackish Water (eds) Water 2019,11, 425. 

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    4. Hassen, I. et all (2019) Impact of groundwater flow across tectonic aquifer compartments in a Miocene sandstone aquifer: three-dimensional hydrogeological modeling of the Kasserine aquifer system in central Tunisia and northeastern Algeria (eds) Hydrogeology Journal.

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    5.The United Nations World Water Development Report

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    6. Wafa, C. et all (2019) AgCl/Ag functionalized cotton fabric: An effective plasmonic hybrid material for water disinfection under sunlight. Solar Energy vol. 183, pages 653-664 

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