A regional training on Local Water Security Action Planning (LWSAP) is currently taking place at the REC Conference Center in Szentendre, Hungary. The event, running from April 21 to April 25, is organised within the framework of the Sustainable Use of Transboundary Water Resources and Water Security Management (WATER SUM) project, and financed by the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (SIDA).
The training has attracted participants from communities in Jordan (Al-Karak, Jerash, Al Salt, Ajloun) and Tunisia (Sidi Ali Ben Aoun, Bir Mcherga, Nefza, Matmata).
Mr. Radoje Lausevic, Deputy Executive Director of the REC, opened the event by summarising the achievements that the participating communities have made thus far. The following sessions will focus specifically on progress made by municipalities within activity 3, steps 5 and 6, of the LWSAP methodology: i.e. public opinion assessments, and local water security assessments. The municipalities will then present to all other project stakeholders the provisional results of the public opinion and water security assessments carried out by each local planning team. They will later discuss how the results of those assessments should be taken on board for activities 4 and 5: i.e. identifying problems, and devising solutions and concrete steps to achieve them.
The training also provides an opportunity to introduce the members of these communities to the WATER SUM project's brand-new distance learning platform. The participants will see how this platform can increase not only their own capacities, but also those of their colleagues and other relevant stakeholders on the ground.
Finally, a field trip has been organised to various locations in Hungary so that participants can observe water management practices and technologies as carried out in an EU member state.