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Regional Knowledge Program on Water

Status: Active
  • Lead Organization(s)

    Center for Mediterranean Integration

     

    Partner Organization(s)

    • Agence Française de Développement
    • Deutsche Gesellschaft fuer Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)
    • European Investment Bank
    • International Center for Advanced Mediterranean Agronomic Studies (CIHEAM)
    • Plan Bleu
    • World Bank

     

    Regional Context

    The Mediterranean region is one of the most water-scarce regions in the world. It will increasingly be exposed to extreme climatic conditions due to climate change, which is already severely straining scarce water resources in the region, with major consequences for human life, the environment and regional food and water security.

     

    Objectives

    Expected Outcomes for FY18

    • Objectives
    • To strengthen regional awareness on water security through exchange of experiences.
    • To strengthen the CMI Mediterranean Water Youth network as a new regional actor.

     

     

    Expected Outcomes

    • To increase regional awareness on water security through an improved understanding of the challenges and emerging opportunities to achieve water security, both from a management and governance perspective.
    • To facilitate and empower the MedYWat Network to give it more “voice” as an active contributor to the Mediterranean Water agenda.
    • To mainstream youth engagement across the Water theme.
    • Forthcoming Activities:
    • Med Water Youth Network facilitation and coordination (started)
    • Regional Water Security in and Water Scarce Cities in MENA (WB-November 2018)

     

    Water governance and utilities in crisis

     

    • Economic Instruments for Water Demand Management (AFD) (January 2018 TBC)
    • 2nd Mediterranean Water Heroes Contest (November 2018)
    • World Water Day Youth event on “Water and Nature-Based Solutions” (March 2018)
    • Quarterly CMI Water Hub meetings 

     

    Selected Outcomes 

     

    CMI Water Expert Hub


    Regular Water Hub meetings are being held with the CMI Water Program partners since 2016 to set up a multi-partner regional agenda and ensure ongoing exchanges and joint programming between water hub partners (AFD, CIHEAM, GIZ, EIB, Plan Bleu and World Bank). The water expert hub thereby contributes to increased collaboration and integration on water issues in the water-scarce Mediterranean region, while taking into account best practices and experiences from around the world.

     

    Water Demand Management 

     “How do we see our Water Future?” – Strategic planning in Tunisia

    The national workshop held in Tunis, Tunisia in December 2015 took place in an evolving governance context, with the finalization of the new Water Code and the reform of water users’ associations. Some of the country’s successful experiences in groundwater management showed a potential for replication in other regions of Tunisia. Furthermore, many of the situations and solutions discussed at the workshop are of interest for the whole MENA area and will be shared region-wide. More information here

     

    “Water Demand Management for beginners” and advanced decision makers

    Following two synthesis papers in early 2015, a research paper and a technical report with case studies were released by AFD on the management of groundwater resources as common goods. The research paper will be an input to the forthcoming WDR 2017 “Governance and the Law”.

    More information here 

     

    Facilitating Knowledge Exchange on Key Water Challenges in the Mediterranean

     

    “Dealing with Water Scarcity through Desalination, Non-Revenue Water Reduction and Public Private Partnerships” with the World Bank Water Global Practice and CMI Partners, 12-14 December 2016, Villa Valmer, Marseille

    This workshop gathered water desalination experts, government representatives, development agencies, international financial institutions and private actors to take stock of the potential of desalination for increasing water security in the Mediterranean, as well as the ways in which it can be coupled to renewable energy sources to increase its sustainability. Furthermore, the financial sustainability of desalination projects was discussed through presentations on several desalination and renewable energy Public Private Partnerships in the Mediterranean and other best practices from around the world.

     

    Cross-Cutting Program Area: Building Regional Water Awareness

     

    • Mediterranean Water Heroes Youth Contest (January-February 2017)

     

    Water Utilities and Fragility, 16-18 May 2017, organized by the World Bank Water Global Practice and CMI, Villa Valmer, Marseille

     

    Water and Sanitation services are essential humanitarian needs during both peace and instability situations. Utilities and service providers should therefore be well prepared for crisis situations with improved institutional capacity, training and systems. This workshop exchanged knowledge and experiences to improve their readiness to meet crisis challenges and maintain service provision to their populations. Its objective was to understand utilities’ needs during crises, share lessons, drive innovation, and influence policy to better meet the needs of refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and host community needs. 

     

    CMI launched the “Mediterranean Water Heroes” contest (in collaboration with the World Bank and Wamda), which offered young water researchers, entrepreneurs and activists from around the Mediterranean the opportunity to showcase their innovative work on wastewater and the circular economy during the “Youth Innovating with Wastewater for a Sustainable Mediterranean” workshop in March 2017. Winners of the contest were invited to present their work at the World Water Day event and received sponsored registration to Stockholm World Water Week (August 2017) to represent the Med Water Youth Network.

     

    • World Water Day “Youth Innovating with Wastewater for a Sustainable Mediterranean” workshop, in collaboration with the World Bank, Switch-Med, CIHEAM, Global Water Partnership Mediterranean, IRSTEA, and the World Youth Parliament for Water (March 21-22 2017, Marseille)

     

    This youth-focused workshop gathered Mediterranean youth and technical experts working in the wastewater field to discuss the opportunities and challenges facing treated wastewater reuse in the region. It stimulated inter-generational and regional knowledge exchange on treated wastewater reuse through plenary presentations, team activities and collective brainstorming sessions ranging from the technical to the economic opportunities and social impacts of wastewater reuse, and resulted in the launch of the MedYWat (Mediterranean Youth for Water) Network.

     

    • Creation of the CMI-facilitated online MedYWat Network

     

    The CMI-facilitated MedYWat (Mediterranean Youth for Water) Network aims at gathering youth water researchers, entrepreneurs and civil society activists and innovators from around the Mediterranean to give more voice to Mediterranean youth on the regional water agenda and encourage knowledge- and innovation-sharing amongst its members.

     

    • Water Utilities and Fragility, 16-18 May 2017, organized by the World Bank Water Global Practice and CMI, Villa Valmer, Marseille

     

    Water and Sanitation services are essential humanitarian needs during both peace and instability situations. Utilities and service providers should therefore be well prepared for crisis situations with improved institutional capacity, training and systems. This workshop exchanged knowledge and experiences to improve their readiness to meet crisis challenges and maintain service provision to their populations. Its objective was to understand utilities’ needs during crises, share lessons, drive innovation, and influence policy to better meet the needs of refugees, internally displaced persons (IDPs), and host community needs.