Traditional irrigation techniques in MENA with a focus on Tunisia

S. Jebari, R. Berndtsson, H. Hashemi, J. Wessels

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

4 Citations (SciVal)


Due to their efficiency, revitalized traditional techniques for irrigation management of scarce water resources have been suggested as a way to at least partially cope with the present water crises in the Middle East. A better irrigation management includes re-using treated wastewater in agriculture. Treated wastewater should also be used in industrial processes, thus contributing to a more efficient overall water management. However, the most important change leading to better water management is improving water efficiency in agricultural irrigation. Traditional water management techniques have an important role in many Middle East and North African (MENA) countries. Besides bringing more water to a thirsty population, they can also contribute to the societal awareness, and recognition of the great diversity of cultural and social values water has to human civilization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1346-1357
Number of pages12
JournalHydrological Sciences Journal
Publication statusPublished - 2016

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Oceanography, Hydrology, Water Resources


  • food security
  • Middle East and North Africa (MENA)
  • qanats
  • rainwater harvesting
  • traditional water management
  • water crisis


Dive into the research topics of 'Traditional irrigation techniques in MENA with a focus on Tunisia'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this