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MEMOLA, Europe for euganee lands. Innovation, research and communication program of a re-evaluation and improvement of our landscape (May 20th Trade Fair of Padua), where we presented and discussed with the small businessmen of Lower Padua how to create new collaborative synergies to preserve and promote the biodiversity of the Euganean Hills and the areas of the Lower Padua.

Last Saturday 30th of April, MEMOLA collaborated with the ‪‎local‬ ‪Irrigators‬‪ Communities‬ from ‪Lugros‬ and ‪Guadix‬ (‪Granada) in the annual cleanliness of the ‪high‬ ‪mountain‬ ‪channel‬ of Lugros (‪Granada‬), with the participation of 40 volunteers and the local Municipality Council.

Arqueoandalusí and the University of Granada recovered 2,9 km of ‪traditional‬ ‪irrigation‬ channel of High mountain in ‪Lanteira‬ (Granada-Spain‬), with the collaboration of the local irrigators ‪community‬, the National and Natural Park of Sierra Nevada and the students of Ies Emilio Muñoz. Cogollos Vega.

Last weekend CeRPHAAL, in collaboration with University of Granada, recovered 2km of a traditional irrigation channel in Vllaho-Psilloterë (Përmet); the activity was carried out with the support of the Municipality of Përmet, the participation of local community and volunteers students from the Universiteti Aleksander Xhuvani Elbasan.

A Policy Brief about the impacts of European Water Policy on the water cultural heritage has been delivered. This policy brief summarises the findings of the MEMOLA project with regard to the impact of this policy on the water cultural heritage associated with historical irrigation systems.

An analysis of the impacts of River Basin Management Plan (2015-2021) on the historical irrigation systems in the Andalusian Mediterranean River Basins (Spain) has been performed. As a result, a document with comments on the draft revision of the River Basin Management Plan was submitted to the Water Planning Agency in order to protect the water cultural heritage associated with the historical irrigation systems.

The University of Cordoba has elaborated an agronomic report about irrigation needs of the Irrigators Community of Cáñar/Barjas in order to support the regularisation process of water concessions granted by the water authorities.


In the framework of the project, the degradation of water cultural heritage was identified as an important issue within the water planning. MEMOLA consortium project have submitted claims for “Provisional outline of major topics” within the water planning review process (Horizon 2016-2022) of one of the study watershed (“Demarcación Hidrográfica de las Cuencas Mediterráneas Andaluzas”, Spain).


The MEMOLA project is well aware of the urgent need to safeguard the tangible and intangible cultural heritage values associated to the traditional agroecosystems. Under this context, one of our main targets is the analysis of the impact of the regional, national and European policies on these systems and the development of recommendations and proposal for policy makers.


UGR organised a guided tour with the local irrigator community for 10 volunteers that participated in the recovery of the traditional irrigation channel of Lugros about the historical irrigation systems in high mountain.