Profile of Provence – Alpes – Cote d’Azur

The area of Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur (PACA, Figure 12) has always experienced the problem of the supply and availability of water. Since Roman times, this area has been strewn of canals, aqueducts, drainage etc. An important historical crossroad where the Mediterranean civilisations meet, its advancement make this region particularly sensitive in a very crucial problem, common to the whole South Europe: the water management for the use of territorial authorities, agriculture and industry.

Geographic map of Provence Alpes Cote d’Azur (PACA)

Today, this region is an outstanding scientific and technological pole, consisted of agricultural zones, of important industrial centers and local authorities of varying size, edged by a sensitive coastline, is permanently confronted with the problem of water management. Moreover, it is important for the region the technology transfer and the diffusion of know-how in order to assist to the harmonization and to the dissemination of methods, tools, techniques and European principals concerning this domain. 

In this project, the importance of the co-operation for this region concerns the transfer of knowledge, of management tools and the aid to the expertise assistance for the Balkan countries.

In this project ACER (Association Centre d’Economie Régionale), ARIST (Agence Régionale d’Information Scientifique et Technique), and IMQ (Institut Méditerranéen de la Qualité) are the associate partners. The essence of the co-operation of this region will concern the transfer of know-how, of management tools and expertise assistance for the Balkan countries.


Main actions:




The different associate teams, extremely complementary, contribute to the following sectors:

Approach and activities

The systemic management of the reserves, the use and rejects of water requires an overall consideration of the socio-economical, technical and environmental data, as well as the problems of reliability and quality.

The complementary nature and the diversity of skills and the tools made available correspond perfectly to this approach and in particular allow not only the direct effects to be taken into account, but also the retrospective effects which are especially important in this field. Moreover, in the analysis of risks, the fact of taking into account all the users- authorities, agriculture and industry-enables a long-term management, as much at regional level as at inter-regional level.