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OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES IN THE USE OF RECOVERED WATER IN AGRICULTURE

OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES IN THE USE OF RECOVERED WATER IN AGRICULTURE

Free course

6 September to 12 September 2021

COURSE DESCRIPTION

In recent years, many countries have successfully implemented integrated reuse projects. This experience has demonstrated the viability of large-scale water reuse and its role in sustainable water management in the world. The use of recycled water is becoming a key element in integrated water cycle management and is well positioned to play a central role in the circular economy. From an environmental point of view, perception has changed in areas where the use of recycled water has been implemented for irrigation, although there is still a big gap to overcome: improving public perception of the issue. Even if these barriers exist, demographic and environmental pressures will undoubtedly drive cities to face the wastewater challenge and harness its potential for reuse. Currently, around 80% of all wastewater worldwide is discharged into the world's surface waterways, creating hazards to public health and environment.

The Region of Murcia is a world pioneer in the integrated management of the different water resources it possesses, including non-conventional ones (reclaimed and desalinated water). Thanks to this appropriate management, the climatic conditions and hundreds of years of experience in irrigation techniques have turned this region into one of the main producers of fruit and vegetables, being their export one of the main economic pillars of this region, along with tourism.

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OBJECTIVES

The main objective of this course is to develop the necessary knowledge and management practices for sustainable and economically viable crop production

using non-conventional water resources while conserving groundwater resources. The effects of unconventional water resources on environmental pollution, plant growth or crop production are rarely studied under field conditions, especially in the long term.

Due to this situation, this Master’s Degree will include studies on the use of reclaimed water in irrigation from a multidisciplinary approach and the acquisition of scientific-technical knowledge to achieve successful integral water reuse projects.

SYLLABUS

Agronomic quality of recovered water

  • Management and handling of reclaimed water in agriculture
  • Food safety and toxicity risks in the use of reclaimed water
  • Integrated Project for the Reuse of Treated Wastewater (PIRAR, by its acronym in Spanish)
  • Public outreach and participation. Social acceptance in the use of reclaimed water.
  • Agricultural experiences at research plot scale.
  • Agricultural experiences at the district level: Irrigation Community.
  • Technologies in precision agriculture applied to the use of reclaimed water

CHARACTERISTICS OF THE COURSE

  • Start date: 6 September 2021
  • Modality: 100% online, materials and videos will be uploaded to the virtual campus.
  • Duration: 5 days
  • Schedule: At your own pace
  • Price: Free of charge
  • End date: 12 September 2021 (deadline for accessing materials)

WORKING MATERIALS AND BIBLIOGRAPHY

Content will be added to the virtual campus

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The TWIST Project is co-financed by the Interreg Sudoe Program through the European Regional Development Fund. TWIST - Nº SOE2/P1/E0506