The overall objective of HYDRIA is to unfold and present a small part of the diverse, yet common Mediterranean Cultural Heritage using as vehicle selected cases (tangible and intangible) of the most representative ancient water management works, concepts and techniques.

The project, on one hand, aims to demonstrate the wisdom of our ancestors, through their wise and respectful water management techniques; to sensitise on the valuable water-related Mediterranean cultural heritage and present ways to protect it. On the other hand, the project aims not to be merely a cultural endeavour, but asserts to make the proper links of the wise traditional techniques to the modern innovative technologies of water management, particularly in the light of the pressure generated on water resources by climate change and the water scarcity of the region.

Partners to the project are:

Each country participates with at least one representative case study (site) in line with the objectives of the project with emphasis on sites that are not yet well-known and/or promoted as cultural tourism destinations.

The target groups:

HYDRIA targets citizens of the Mediterranean countries, particularly young people and the formal and non formal educational community. Through the description of the case studies the project highlights the role of young citizens today, as water consumers and makes them reflect, and why not adjust the way they use water to more sustainable patterns. Where relevant and appropriate the case studies incorporate also ideas on how to make meaningful educational and awareness projects for the case studies, aiming to support the educational community of the Mediterranean region. Also material for interested readers and visitors to the sites is included, giving emphasis on sites that are less known or not enough valorised.

The expected output and timesheet of activities:

HYDRIA is a 14 month long project as follows:
Commencement date: 1st November 2008
Termination Date: 30st December 2009

The output of the project will be a bilingual website ( where all material will be uploaded. In order to maximise the effectiveness on the target group of HYDRIA, the resulting webpage will be in ENGLISH and ARABIC language.

The planned timesheet of activities is presented here, which so far has been followed without considerable delays.

HYDRIA timesheet


This is a project co-funded by the UNESCO Participation Programme, MIO-ECSDE and GWP-Med, having started on 01/11/2008 and expected to end by 30/12/2009.


For more information on HYDRIA please contact the MIO-ECSDE and MEdIES Secretariat: Programme officer: Ms Iro Alampei (