DRIVING WATER INNOVATION: A RECAP OF THE MAGO PRIMA GENERAL ASSEMBLY IN TUNISIA
The MAGO Prima General Assembly in Tunisia was a resounding success! From May 30th to June 1st, the MAGO consortium's annual gathering took place in Tunis. Over 27 researchers from all partnering organizations came together for presentations, group discussions, and workshops. This three-day session provided a platform for knowledge sharing and productive exchanges. To conclude the event, a site visit to Cap Bon was organized, adding a touch of exploration to the experience.
Day 1 of the assembly focused on partner sharing, fostering collaboration, and knowledge exchange. We kicked off the day with exciting morning presentations from various Work Packages and partners. They shared their solutions, achievements, and insights on utilizing our results. We received a warm welcome from our hosts, ΙNRGREF, and our project coordinator, Cetaqua, setting a positive tone for the assembly.
Day 2 brought together over 20 stakeholders to discuss innovative solutions in crop mapping, reuse risk management, and remote sensing. This was a significant day for MAGO Prima as we showcased the tools and solutions we developed to enhance water management to local stakeholders. We also engaged in group activities to define the practical application and relevance of our solutions for the local community. As the day wrapped up, we held a summary and conclusions session, highlighting key insights and takeaways from the day's presentations and discussions.
Day 3 was dedicated to a site visit at the SMVDA KAWARIS cooperative in Beni Khalled and the INRGREF Experimental station in Nabeul. Despite the sudden rain, we made the most of our trip to the SMVDA KAWARIS cooperative. Established 40 years ago, this cooperative manages 120 hectares of irrigated citrus fields. Their efficient drip irrigation system has proven successful, although the cost of water from the dam remains a concern. Nevertheless, they persevere and continue to produce the best quality citrus in the region, thanks to the favorable microclimate and soil conditions. Our visit to the INRGREF Experimental station showcased their dedication to agricultural innovation. Despite the challenges they face, the station continues its efforts to optimize farming techniques. This year's water scarcity in Tunisia further emphasizes the need for innovative water management practices in agriculture.
We extend our heartfelt gratitude to our incredible hosts and partners for their valuable contributions. We engaged in fruitful dialogues, addressing local actors' questions and concerns. It's truly inspiring to collaborate towards our common goal of a sustainable future! Notably, 15 solutions co-developed with end-users demonstrate the consortium's commitment to driving water innovation and forging a sustainable future.Together, let's continue driving water innovation and making a positive impact.