Conference Agenda

Draft Agenda [Some speakers to be confirmed]

May 10th 




Welcome and Introductory Speeches

Moderator: Mr. Vangelis Constantianos, Executive Secretary, Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP-Med)

  • H.E Minister Joe Mizzi, Ministry of Energy & Water Management, Malta
  • Mr. Miguel Garcia-Herraiz, Deputy Secretary General, Union for the Mediterranean
  • Mr. Carlos Pagoaga, Group Director of Partnerships, The Coca-Cola Company
  • Ms. Maria Micallef, CEO, General Soft Drinks
  • Prof. Michael Scoullos, Chair, Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP-Med)


Session 1. Non Conventional Water Resources: the need, the potential and a global water showcase – Ms. Konstantina Toli, Senior Programme Officer, GWP-Med

Testimonials from:

  • Gozo, Malta – Mr. Anthony Zammit, Research Services, Ministry for Gozo
  • Malta – Mr. Juan Jose Bonello, Assistant Lecturer, Malta College of Arts Science and Technology
  • Cyprus – Ms. Konstantina Lortzie, City of Nicosia
  • Italy – Prof. Antonino Cancelliere, University of Catania
  • Santorini Island– Mr. Nikos Mainas, Director, Water Supply & Sanitation Corporation
  • Kythera Island – Mr. Efstratios Charchalakis, Mayor


Coffee break


Session 2. Learning from Experiences: Best Practices and Case Studies

Moderator: Mr. Almotaz Abadi, Managing Director, Water & Environment Division, Union for the Mediterranean

  • The Malta experience – Mr. Michael Schembri, Energy & Water Agency, Malta
  • The Cyprus experience – Mr. Nicos Neocleous, Cyprus Water Association
  • The Gran Canaria experience – Mr. Juan A. de la Fuente Bencomo - Senior Researcher, Water Department – Technological Institute of the Canary Islands (ITC)
  • The Seychelles experience – Ms. Ginnie Laurencine, Water Resource Manager, Seychelles Public Utilities Corporation (PUC)
  • The Australia experience – Prof. Tony Wong – CRC for Water Sensitive Cities


13:00 -14:00

Lunch Break


Session 3. Action on NCWRM in the Mediterranean: Identifying bottlenecks and policy recommendations to advance the use of NCWR

[facilitated open discussion]

Moderator: Dr. Fuad Bateh, Senior Technical Advisor, GWP-Med


  • Dr. Fadi Comair, Director General, Ministry of Energy & Water, Lebanon
  • Ms. Agathi Hadjipanteli, Senior Executive Engineer, Cyprus Water Development Department
  • Mr. Manuel Sapiano, Chief Policy Officer, Energy & Water Agency, Malta
  • Ms. Amal Talbi, Senior Water Resources Management Specialist, World Bank


Coffee break


Session 4. The way forward: Panel on priorities, opportunities and needed synergies to promote the use of NCWR at regional, sub-regional or trans-national level, including project ideas.

Moderator: Ms.Konstantina Toli, Senior Programme Officer, GWP-Med


  • Dr. Alex Rizzo, Head, Malta College of Arts Science and Technology
  • Mr. Gianni Chianetta, Greening the Islands
  • Ms. Marvic Refalo, Nature Trust Malta
  • Ms. Danika Formosa - Institute of Applied Science Student Organisation


Conclusions and Closure of the Conference

-       Mr. Manuel Sapiano, EWA

-       Ms. Sofia Kilifi, TCCC

-       Prof. Michael Scoullos, GWP-Med


11 May 2018

Joint Field Visit with the LIFE IP Project LIFE Integrated Project on “Optimising the implementation of the 2nd RBMP in the Malta River Basin District”



Pick-up from Hotel


New Water Plant – Mellieha


National Water Conservation Centre - Rabat




Malta College of Arts Science and Technology – Greywater Recycling System


KMS - National Swimming Pool – Greywater Recycling System


Transfer to hotel/airport