A Euro-Mediterranean Co-operation Project to Safeguard Water Heritage
The Mediterranean Center of Environment is partner of REMEE (Rediscovering Together the Memory of Water), a Euro-Mediterranean co-operation project aiming at the safeguard of the Mediterranean water heritage.
Why this project?
Today, water heritage in rural areas, such as canals, wells and foggaras, is in danger of being abandoned due to changing ways of life and modern techniques. The same story applies in urban areas with fountains, Turkish baths and public baths, etc.
Its safeguard is nevertheless a key issue:
• To retain examples of good practice water management.
• To support plans for new development such as those in the agricultural or tourism sectors.
• To respond to the requirements of populations which still rely on traditional systems and practices.
The objectives of the project
From January 2009 to June 2011, under the coordination of APARE, REMEE brings together a group of seven project partners from Algeria , France, Greece, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey to:
• Promote the safeguard of physical vernacular heritage (architectural or landscaped) and non-physical heritage concerning water management to decision-makers and citizens.
• Emphasise to the general public the uses and practices of water management of this heritage asset which can enable improved water management.
• Integrate heritage linked to water management in local development projects involving residents and civil society in the territories concerned.
The partners of REMEE
What are the planned activities?
The Mediterranean Centre of Environment is developing in Greece the Mediterranean educational programme of REMEE called “Young People: Stakeholders in Water Heritage”.
This action must engage with more than 1000 young people in Algeria, France, Greece, Morocco, Tunisia and Turkey for rediscovery and safeguard of water heritage.
In Greece, children from Syros and Tinos will take part to the program.
In the other countries of the project 4 local demonstration projects are taking place:
• In the region of Tipasa - Mount Chenoua (Algeria): the creation of a discovery trail and a guide on water heritage through time, the collection and display of traditions concerning water in the Chenoua area.
• In the Medina of Marrakesh (Morocco): an inventory of fountains and Turkish baths, the rehabilitation of fountains, the launch of an eco-label for Turkish baths and an exhibition.
• In a rural area of the Al Haouz Province (Morocco): the creation of an eco-museum about local heritage and a discovery trail.
• At Hammamet (Tunisia): the creation of an educational garden with local young people, the creation of a discovery trail through the orange groves and its water heritage, a programme of cultural activities.
Awareness raising supports for the general public
• A mobile exhibition
• A discovery guide
Also, a documentary resource centre on heritage and the use of water in the Mediterranean is developed in Corsica.
This project is supported by the European Commission
Euromed Heritage IV Programme