The potential for new business collaborations between Greece and Israel in water resources management, as was the case between Israel with Italy and Spain, was at the focus of an event on "Water and Renewable Energy Sources - New techniques, regulations and trends" organised on Tuesday by the Greek-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Technology in the context of activities aimed at enhancing Greece-Israel relations in the fields of trade, research and technology. Israeli water resources management innovations were presented at the event, such as reuse of waste and desalination with use of renewable energy sources.
It is noted that 60 percent of Israel is covered by desert, and that 70 percent of urban waste is reused after biological waste treatment.
Israeli ambassador to Greece, Arye Mekel delivered a brief greeting to the event, stressing the importance of closer cooperation between the two countries on energy issues.
Chamber president Vassilis Paisios said that Israel's known on water resources management issues is substantive and could serve as an incentive for efforts in that sector to commence in Greece as well, especially at a time when Greece is seeking a way out of the crisis.
Water management innovations in Israel have been incorporated in a special programme called NEWTech, while the branch has an annual turnover of 2 billion euro with prospects of multiplying over the coming years.