The rapid depletion of water resources, deterioration in water quality, increased water demand, and changes in water endowments affect environmental quality, food security, municipal infrastructure and economic development in most societies in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Climate change will multiply existing stresses and will further affect water availability and quality. The capacity of countries to manage water resources more efficiently and introduce tools for climate adaptation is a decisive factor for future development. Greater regional cooperation and dialogue on water issues will also influence national water management and help to bring peaceful development to the region.

The regional project Sustainable Use of Transboundary Water Resources and Water Security Management (WATER SUM) promotes the more sustainable use of water resources in the MENA region.

Duration: April 2014 – March 2018 (48 months)
Total budget: EUR 7.09 million
Donor: Government of Sweden

The project is implemented by the Regional Environmental Center for Central and Eastern Europe, an international organisation with a mission to assist in addressing environmental issues.

The overall goal of the project is to reinforce integrated water resources management and regional cooperation on water-related issues, taking into consideration the impacts of climate change, and to support beneficiary countries to ensure a coherent response to water-related challenges.

The project has two components: WATER POrT and WaSe.