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MITIMAC's main objective is to analyze the interactions between Climate Change and Water, Energy and Food resources. The main recipients of this project are public research organizations, technology centers, government bodies and entities involved in the management of natural resources and the environment in the geographical area of ​​Macaronesia. Specifically, this cooperation project covers the island territories of Madeira, Azores and Canary Islands and the African countries of Senegal, Mauritania and Cape Verde.

Among the main actions of this initiative is the promotion of research and innovation in sustainable energies and energy efficiency, and its integration into the integral water cycle, key to optimizing the energy consumption of processes. One of the main expected results is the development of systems with zero carbon footprint or ‘Zero Net Carbon’, contributing to the decarbonisation of the sector.

The University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria is the Leader of this project, which has a consortium made up of 13 organizations, among which is the Canary Islands Institute of Technology, a public R&D&i center attached to the Ministry of Economy. , Knowledge and Employment of the Canary Islands Government.

Under the title "Mitigation of climate change through innovation in the water cycle through low-carbon technologies", MITIMAC seeks to provide solutions from the knowledge base to achieve a more efficient economy in the use of natural resources and resilient to climate change.

The project (with code MAC2/1.1a/263) is co-financed by the Interreg MAC 2014-2020 Cooperation Program, within Axis 1 "Boosting research, technological development and innovation"

ITC's activity focuses on developing technologies or proposals that can be implemented in the cycle to address the incidence of Climate Change in the Water-Energy-Food nexus and mitigate its impact.

Planned Studies (ITC)

Analysis of conventional and natural purification and regeneration systems, addressing LCA, carbon footprint, impacts, mitigation capacity to know which are the most appropriate technologies according to areas and scales. It will be addressed by analyzing data from real cases in the Canary Islands and Cape Verde.

Expected Results (ITC)

  • Creation of a support tool for decision-making in planning mitigation strategies based on water treatment and regeneration technologies.
  • Case studies: evaluation of treatment and regeneration systems in the Canary Islands and Cape Verde.

MITIMAC is aligned with the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the following being of special interest:

  • Universidad de Las Palmas de Gran Canaria (ULPGC). Canarias. España.
  • Instituto Tecnológico de Canarias, S.A. (ITC). Canarias. España.
  • Agência Regional da Energia e Ambiente da Região Autónoma da Madeira (AREAM). Madeira. Portugal.
  • Fundação Gaspar Frutuoso. Azores. Portugal.
  • Universidade dos Açores (UAc). Azores. Portugal.
  • Secretaría Regional da Energía, Ambiente e Turismo (SREAT). Azores. Portugal
  • Secretaria Regional de Ambiente, Recursos Naturais e Alterações Climáticas. Madeira. Portugal.
  • Université Gaston Berger (UGB). Senegal.
  • Office National des Services d'Eau en milieu Rural (ONSER). Mauritania.
  • Universidade de Cabo Verde (UniCV). Cabo Verde
  • École Supérieure Polytechnique de Nouakchott (ESP). Mauritania.
  • Direction de la Gestion et de la Planification des Ressources en Eau (DGPRE). Senegal.
  • Instituto Nacional de Investigação e Desenvolvimento Agrário (INIDA). Cabo Verde.

January 2020 – December 2021 (24 months)

Main Objective:

Promote research, technological development and innovation through the creation of a technological cluster that mitigates climate change in the integral water cycle, through clean and innovative technologies internal and external to the cycle..

Specific Objectives:

  1. Knowledge of characteristics and difficulties existing within each region in the integral water cycle.
  2. Analysis of greenhouse gas emissions in the integral water cycle.
  3. Development of solutions and governance guidelines from a technical perspective to mitigate climate change in the water sector.
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