EU Readiness Package
During the months of August and September 2017, more than 60 persons working in the field of water management were trained on the FREEWAT software programme by Paragon Europe and the Energy Water Agency as part of the FREEWAT project (www.freewat.eu)
The FREEWAT project is a H2020 project financed by the EU Commission under the call WATER INNOVATION: BOOSTING ITS VALUE FOR EUROPE which will end on the 30th of September. It is a project that uses open source and public domain GIS integrated modelling environment (the FREEWAT platform) for the simulation of water quantity and quality in surface water and groundwater with an integrated water management and planning module.
In Malta the project focused mainly on addressing groundwater management on the Island of Gozo. The Course was given over a period of five days in August and repeated during the month of September and it dealt with the following areas: Island Groundwater Bodies: A Conceptual Understanding; Introduction to FREEWAT Modelling Environment; Developing a groundwater model under FREEWAT (1); Developing a groundwater model under FREEWAT (2) – Application to Gozo MSLA; Using the groundwater model of FREEWAT (FREE and open source software tools for WATer resource management) is an.
The course attracted water specialists from the Water Services Corporation, Regulator for Energy Water, Energy and Resources Authority, Ministry for Energy and Water Ministry for Gozo. The course was well received, especially attendees appreciated the fact that the tool could be adapted to the Maltese context. Furthermore, they strongly recommended that the case study developed by FREEWAT for Gozo should be also carried out in Malta.
FREEWAT project is led by the Scuola Superiore di Sant Anna in Pisa and it has 18 other partners hailing from European member countries and non. Malta is represented in this project by Paragon Europe.