NCWR

About NCWR

NCWR, Non Conventional Water Resources

For learners

Are you a student of middle or early secondary level? Do you have an interest in freshwater issues? Do you want to find out what the “non-conventional” water might be and why it has become popular?  Then, you are in the right place! This website -or better web application- is designed for you! Here you will be introduced to the relatively “new” subject of  “Non Conventional Water Resources” (NCWRs), while undertaking activities like: concept-mapping, problem-solving , field visits, modeling, experiments, etc.

Some activities ask for your individual action while others need to be done by small groups or as a class. In some activities you might need to get your parents’, teachers’ or an expert’s opinion. Some activities can be completed within less than an hour  while others may take days or weeks (project-type). In all activities, your feedback is welcome alongside any questions or ideas that you may come up with!

This application aims to give you the opportunity to:

  • Find out why it is important to know about the fresh water topics.
  • Browse around the … “water cycle” and know how we impact it.
  • Examine how climate change affects the water resources and our lives.
  • Get to know the non conventional water resources (NCWRs).
  • Explore the various categories and characteristics of the NCWRs.
  • Rethink of your personal behavior as a water user and “move” towards more responsible patterns.

Using the app

The application includes 14 sections / activities that are presented in the menu bar on the right side of the homepage. Each pin of the homepage takes you to a particular section that may lead you to another one, and so on. The way to navigate depends on you (and your classmates) and the topic you wish to explore.  Let’s see what the symbols used in every activity mean:

  Target group (age)

  Duration

 Activity taking place in class

Outdoor activity

 Worksheet

Brief description of the activity including the objectives

“Water-readings” texts providing  information

“Stop and Wonder” related questions

“Play and Learn” quizzes and games

“Activity” description of the activity (working individually)

“Group Activity” description of the activity (working in groups)

“Water-shares” your feedback e.g. sending a photo

“Water-meter” your evaluation on the activity

“Way forward” proposed related activities of the app or external webpages

You can send us any questions or comments to info@medies.net

Enjoy the app!

For educators

This educational app transforms and embodies, as a legacy, our accumulative experience from running the educational component of the “Non-Convention Water Resources Programme in the Mediterranean” for a decade (2008-2018). The NCWRs programme run in many water scarce islands of Greece, but also in Malta, Cyprus and Sicily, under the coordination of GWP-Med. The Educational Component of the NCWRs Programme that included school interventions, authoring of teaching resources and many trainings was implemented by the education team of MIO-ECSDE, namely the MEdIES team.

The main objective of the 10 year long educational plan was to raise awareness and sensitize the educational community on the crucial issue of Non-Conventional Water Resources across the Mediterranean. Within this decade some 35.000 students were engaged in our school interventions and more than 5.000 teachers participated in our trainings.

The content of the app is based on the principles of Education for Sustainable Development (ESD), aspiring to develop inquiry, creativity and problem-solving skills as well as to inspire responsible comsumption attitudes and behaviours in line with the sustainability principles. In our modern “digital” times we hope that this open educational application will be useful to the educators and the learner users. The app can be accessed by PCs, laptops, smart phones and tablets offering various ways of interaction.

The app is launched in 2019 with 14 sections and, depending on the feedback we will collect, we plan to gradually amend and enrich them.

The main target group is students aged from 10 to 13 years old. However, many activities can be tried by older students, as well as younger ones, with the facilitation of the educator.

A final note from us: Starting from the water agenda, and addressing it through the “sustainability lenses”, we do hope that, this app will be a helpful tool towards achieving broader aims having to do with the environmental literate, responsible and active citizen of tomorrow.

We will be glad to receive  your ideas and feedback on any aspect of the APP at: info@medies.net

The Programme

The NCWR Programme was launched by GWP-Med (coordinator) in 2008 in Greece and since then it has expanded in the Maltese Islands, in Cyprus, and in Sicily/ Italy. NCWR is a multi-stakeholder Programme, bringing together GWP-Med with the private sector and primary donors – the “Mission Water” Environmental Programme in Greece, the Coca-Cola Systems in Cyprus and Malta and the Coca-Cola Foundation in Atlanta, together with national and local authorities and NGOs, namely MIO-ECSDE (responsible of the educational component) and Nature Trust Malta. Apart from the educational activities for students and teachers the Programme included demonstration applications of NCWR systems, such as rainwater harvesting and greywater recycling,  awareness raising activities for the public and capacity building workshops for administrators, technicians, etc.  in order to advance the NCWR management. More at www.gwpmed.org/NCWR

The organisations

GWPMEDGlobal Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP-Med) is a regional partnership of the Global Water Partnership (with inter-governmental status), established in 2002. GWP-Med is a multistakeholder platform bringing together competent organisations working on water issues from around the Mediterranean Region. Its goal is to promote action and exchange knowledge on Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) and the sustainable use
of water resources at regional, national, local (including transboundary) level. E secretariat@gwpmed.org, W www.gwpmed.org,   F/B www.facebook.com/GWPMed/

 

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The Mediterranean Information Office for Environment, Culture and Sustainable Development (MIO-ECSDE) is a non-profit Federation of NGOs from the Mediterranean region working in the field of Environment and Sustainable Development. Since its establishment, back in 1996, MIO-ECSDE acts as a technical and political platform for the representation and intervention of the Civil Society in issues related to sustainability.  E info@mio-ecsde.org,  W  www.mio-ecsde.org F/B https://www.facebook.com/MIOECSDE

medies-logo(no words)The Mediterranean Education Initative for Education and Sustainability is the main long standing initiative of MIO-ECSDE having to do with education. It is actually a Mediterranean wide online network of educators  on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) launched in 2002. Its main objective is to provide capacity building on ESD topics and methodologies, develop appropriate resources in many languages and facilitate the educators e-network  Ε info@medies.net  W www.medies.net  F/B www.facebook.com/MEdIES.Net/

The sponsors

The development of the app was possible through the support of the Coca Cola Foundation (Atlanta),  within the NCWR Programme in the Mediterranean, as well as the EU Life Programme – Operating Grants for NGOs (2018-2019), of MIO-ECSDE.

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The education team

  • Content authoring & coordinators of the educational component of NCWR Programme: Vicky Malotidi  &  Iro Alampei, MEdIES/MIO-ECSDE
  • Scientific Coordinator: Prof Michael Scoullos, MIO-ECSDE & GWP-Med Chair, UNESCO Chair and Network at the UoA
  • Web development: Michelle Kondou
  • Web design: Eleni Spyridaki
  • NCWR Prgramme visual identity :  Kostas Caparos & Caparo design crew
  • NCWR Programme coordination: Konstantina Toli, GWP-Med
  • NCWR education activities coordinator in Attica/Greece: Vassilis Psallidas, MEdIES / MIO-ECSDE
  • NCWR education activities coordinator in Malta & Gozo: Marvic Refalo, Ekoskola/NTM
  • NCWR educational activities coordinator in Cyprus: Aravella Zachariou, Cyprus Pedagogical Institute

Special thanks

As MEdIES, we would like to warmly thank all the formal and non-formal educators who have embraced the NCWR Programme all these years and have continually supported the implementation, monitoring, evaluation and the growth of the Programme in their regions.

Specifically we thank :

From Cyprus:  G. Amirotou, St. Chatziachileos, C. Fanis, G. Herodotou,  D. Mougianou, S. Kamenou, K. Kefalas, K. Michael, N. Paparanikolas. 

From Greece : A. Athanasopoulos, V. Baliousis, D. Bia, M. Chatzieleftheriou, N. Chazapis, A. Dardioti, M. Dimopoulou, I. Dinou, A. Fragkouli , D. Gavrili, I. Glynos, D. Gotzos, A. Hatziparaskeyaidis, Th. Ioannou, D. Kafritsa, M. Kagiafa, Th. Karaventzas, A. Kastanas, V. Kioupi, K. Kirdi, P.Kotsabasi, G. Kottis, A. Koukoutsi, E. Lentza, P. Loi, E. Manousou, N. Mastoropoulos, A. Mavrakis, I. Michailidou, E. Moula, M. Mylona, E. Niarchou, A.  Panagou, N. Papadakis, M. Papadopoulos, Th. Papapavlou,  P. Papazoglou, F. Peppa , V. Petridou, E. Printezi, M. Spartinou, N. Stefanopoulos, M. Theocharopoulos, C. Tsaliki , P. Tselektsidou, A. Tsigkou, V. Vorila & G. Voulgaris

From Malta : E. Saliba, E. Sammut Carbone & V. Attard. 

From Italy: P. Bonelli & I. Tenessidis.

Image Credits

Climate change challenges. 2nd Group Activity © Capparo design crew

Desalination. Stop & Wonder © Capparo design crew, Petri dish © MEdIES

Do you know about grey water? 1st Water Readings © Capparo design crew

Greywater recycling systems in practice. 2nd Water Readings © GWP-Med

Rainwater Harvesting Systems in practice.  1st Water Readings© Capparo design crew, 1st Play & Learn, 2nd and 3rd Water Readings © GWP-Med

Rainwater Harvesting.  1st Stop & Wonder © Capparo design crew, 1st Play & Learn © WikiCC compilation

Reduce-Reuse-Recycle. 1st Water readings © Capparo design crew

Wastewater treatment. Water  Readings © V.Psallidas/MEdIES

Water cycle in a bowl. Drakolimni Lake, Greece ©Welcome Travel, Activity  ©V.Psallidas/MEdIES

Water in the city.  Stop and wonder © Capparo design crew, 1st Play and learn: MEdIES archive (ALTER AQUA activities) except from the 6th©Jim.henderson wiki CreativeCommons & 8th image ©greywateraction.org

Waterworks through time. Water readings © Capparo design crew, Play and learn: 1. Adrianeion aqueduct © https://www.itia.ntua.gr, 2. Eagle Fountain © E.Saliba,  3. Agia Napa ©V.Psallidas/ MEdIES, 4. Monemvasia © Hellenic Ministry of Culture Water in Byzantine publication 2000, 5. Morozini tap © V.Malotidi/ MEdIES,  6. Malta (well) © V.Malotidi/ MEdIES,  7. Cyprus aqueduct ©A.Michelides, 8. tap in Critou Terra© V.Psallidas/MEdIES, 9. Malta aqueduct © V.Malotidi/MEdIES, 10. Ventotene cistern© P.Bonelli, 11. Sardinia © wikimapia.org

Water resources. 1st Water readings © Capparo design crew

Where do I begin. Water readings & 1st Group activity © Capparo design crew,  Diamond sketch © I.Alampei/MEdIES

All other images  by Eleni Spyridaki.

The water basins

Water in the city

Desalination

Do you know about grey water?

Rainwater harvesting

Greywater recycling in practice

Wastewater treatment

The water cycle in a bowl!

Waterworks through time

Climate change challenges

Rainwater Harvesting Systems in practice

Reduce-Reuse-Recycle

Water resources

Where do I begin?

The water basins

In this activity we learn what a water drainage basin is and why it is important for the experts to study it.

Continue!

Water in the city

What is the "urban water cycle"? Which are the important aspects of water management within a city environment?

Continue!

Desalination

Let's find out how sea and brakish water can become a freshwater resource!

Continue!

Do you know about grey water?

Let's find out what "greywater” is and how we can use it!

Continue!

Rainwater harvesting

Can we collect rainwater? And how to use it? Let's find out!

Continue!

Greywater recycling in practice

How a grewywater system is installed? Let's find out!

Continue!

Wastewater treatment

In this activity we are informed about how wastewater is treated and what we can do with the treated wastewater.

Continue!

The water cycle in a bowl!

Let's travel within the water cycle!

Continue!

Waterworks through time

Let's discover the story behind the historic fountains, cisterns and aqueducts of our town!

Continue!

Climate change challenges

Time to discuss about climate change, causes and impact and how we can cope with it.

Continue!

Rainwater Harvesting Systems in practice

What are the various types of rainwater harvesting systems? Let's find out more about them!

Continue!

Reduce-Reuse-Recycle

What is my water footprint and how can I reduce it?

Continue!

Water resources

Discovering the water resources of our region.

Continue!

Where do I begin?

Let's see why it is important to know about water in our region.

Continue!