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Water Innovation

Status: Completed
  • Lead Organization

    The World Bank. 

     

    Partners

    Arab Water Academy, Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO), French Development Agency, Plan Bleu, Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA), Mediterranean Water Institute (IME), Arab Water Council (AWC) and the International Water Association (IWA).

     

    Challenges

    Water Innovation, a sub-set of the CMI Water Resources Management program, responded to the regional issue of water scarcity through fostering innovative solutions while involving entrepreneurs from the Mediterranean. 

     

    Program Objective

    Water Innovation’s goals include:

    • Sharing lessons learned from case studies on reducing water losses in urban utilities and developing decision-making tools.
    • Exploring innovative solutions, such as an analysis of the viability and replicability of desalinization plants powered by renewable energy.
    • Building on existing platforms and with contributions from local practitioners, a nascent water innovations network involving young entrepreneurs fostered regional coordination on innovation and policy priorities.

     

    Selected Results

    Innovative approaches and solutions generated: Two regional technical consultations were held in 2012, in Marseille, France and Beirut, Lebanon, to discuss water innovations and gather feedback from micro-entrepreneurs in the Mediterranean region.

     

    Contact

    Nathalie Abu-Ata, Consultant, World Bank 
    Philippe Marin, Senior Water & Sanitation Specialist, Global Water Practice, World Bank