Water sector needs in the MENA region

Aug 31, 2015

Better governance and consideration of climate change and security issues are needed in the water sector in the MENA region. Communities in MENA countries need early-warning systems for drought and floods, as well as better cooperation between water authorities.

These were some of the conclusions of a discussion August 25th at a side event hosted by the Regional Environmental Center during World Water Week in Stockholm. Organised in the framework of the WATER SUM project, funded by the Government of Sweden, the MENA Water World Cafe drew more than 40 participants, including water professionals, practitioners and academics. The discussion focused on how MENA countries can help meet new water-related sustainable development goals (SDGs); how to foster dialogue and build trust among decision makers; how to cope with water scarcity; and how to encourage local communities to work together.

The MENA Water World Café was opened by REC Executive Director Marta Szigeti Bonifert, who presented REC’s activities and linkages with the MENA region. REC Deputy Executive Director for Environmental Programmes Radoje Lausevic introduced the world café methodology and objectives.

The discussion was organised in three working groups led by facilitators and rotating in intervals of 25, 20, and 15 minutes. This gave participants the opportunity to discuss all three topics and dive into the issue more deeply.

Key insights from the discussion:

A detailed summary of key conclusions will soon be published and available online.

Tags: MENA

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