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Sub-regional workshop: Enhancing transboundary water cooperation in the North Africa region

20 - 21 December 2017

Tunis, Tunisia

Recognizing the common threats of declining water resources, increased pollution and extreme weather events, as well as the pressure from a continually increasing demand on such resources, the workshop explored the benefits of strengthening transboundary water cooperation for boosting regional development by creating shared socio-economic and investment related, environmental, peace and security benefits. 

The workshop focused on topical discussions relevant to the specific context and needs of countries of the North Africa region (Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia), such as:

· Increasing resilience to extreme events and the added-value of the Water-Food-Energy-Ecosystems Nexus approach;

· Discussing the role of international water law to promote transboundary water management and the progress in the region towards accession to the Convention on the Protection and Use of Transboundary Watercourses and International Lakes;

· Discussing implementation of the Sustainable Development Goal 6 on water, specifically its target 6.5.

The workshop was jointly organized by UNECE and GWP-Med, under the Patronage of the Ministry of Agriculture, Hydraulic Resources and Fisheries of Tunisia. The workshop was implemented as part of the regional project Making Water Cooperation Happen in the Mediterranean financially supported by SIDA (Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency).

DocumentsENGFRE
Information NoticePDFPDF
AgendaPDFPDF
List of participantsPDF
ReportPDF
Practical informationPDFPDF
Brochure "The global opening of the 1992 UNECE Water Convention" Link
Publication "Policy Guidance Note on the Benefits of Transboundary Water Cooperation: Identification, Assessment and Communication"Link
Publication "Guide to implementing the Water Convention"Link
Publication "Water and Climate Change Adaptation in Transboundary Basins: Lessons Learned and Good PraticesLink
PresentationsENGFRE

Session 1. The benefits of transboundary water cooperation

Transboundary water cooperation in Egypt
Mostafa Ahmed Senosy, Ministry of Water and Irrigation, Egypt

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Transboundary water resources in Tunisia
Alaeddine Jlassi, Ministry of Agriculture, Hydraulic Resources and Fisheries, Tunisia

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Introduction to the Policy Guidance Note on Identifying, Assessing and Communicating the Benefits of Transboundary Water Cooperation
Chantal Demilecamps, Secretariat of the Water Convention, UNECE

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Identification, assessment and communication of the benefits of transboundary water cooperation: the case of the Okavango-Cubango River Basin
Eben Chonguica, Secretariat of the Permanent Okavango River Basin Water Commission

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Importance of communicating the benefits of transboundary water cooperation to several audience
Peter Easton, Revolve Water

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A scientific approach to improve collaboration between the riparian countries
Khalil Ammar, International Center for Biosaline Agriculture

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Session 2. Transboundary water management as a way to adapt to weather extremes

Water: a priority in the Climate Agenda - Water for Africa Initiative
Fatima Mouassi, Secretariat of State in charge of water to the Ministry of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water, Morocco

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Main findings of the Arab Climate Change Assessment Report (RICCAR)
Mohamed Bargaoui, Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Zones and Dry Lands

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National water resources management strategies during extreme weather events in Egypt
Abdelrehim Yehya, Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation, Egypt

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National water resources management strategies during extreme weather events in Morocco
Fatima Mouassi, Secretariat of State in charge of water to the Ministry of Equipment, Transport, Logistics and Water, Morocco

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National water resources management strategies during extreme weather events in Tunisia
Alaeddine Jlassi, Minister of Agriculture, Hydraulic Resources and Fisheries, Tunisia

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Why and how to address climate variability at the transboundary level? Lessons learnt and good practices
Jos Timmerman, Wageningen Environmental Research

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Lessons learnt from the Water Climate and Development Programme (WACDEP) – Focus on the Northern Western Sahara Aquifer System
Sarra Touzi, GWP-Med

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Transboundary water cooperation in response to floods: example of the Sava River Basin
Melita Zizanović, International Sava River Basin Commission

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Floods prevention and control: a transboundary dimension - Experience from the WaterSum project
Jovanka Ignjatovic, Regional Environmental Center

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Session 3. How the Water Convention supports transboundary water cooperation efforts

The role of international water law in supporting transboundary water cooperation: focus on the 1992 Water Convention
Diane Guerrier, Secretariat of the Water Convention, UNECE

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Transboundary water cooperation into practice: example of the German experience
Heide Jekel, Federal Environment Ministry, Germany

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Transboundary water cooperation into practice: example of the Sava
Melita Zizanovic, International Sava River Basin Commission

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How can the Water Convention support countries in the North Africa region? Institutional framework and platform for exchanging experiences
Heide Jekel, Co-chair of the Water Convention Working Group on IWRM

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Prioritization of needs for the future 2019-2021 programme of work of the Water Convention
Diane Guerrier, Secretariat of the Water Convention, UNECE

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Recent development on the North Africa region - Progress of Tunisia in the process of acceding to the Water Convention
Hayet Ben Mansour, Ministry of Agriculture, Hydraulic Resources and Fisheries, Tunisia

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Session 4. Implementing IWRM at all levels: contributing to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals and to regional commitments

Introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals target 6.5: monitoring progress towards integrated water resources management and transboundary water cooperation
Chantal Demilecamps, UNECE

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Development of the Union for the Mediterranean Water Agenda
Almotaz Abadi, Managing Director, Union for the Mediterranean

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Arab Strategy for Water Security in the Arab Region to Meet the Challenges and Future Needs for Sustainable Development
Mohamed Bargaoui, ACSAD