World Water Week is the annual focal point for global water issues. Organised by the Stockholm International Water Institute (SIWI), it provides a unique forum for the exchange of views, experiences and practices between the scientific, business, policy and civic communities. It focuses on new thinking and positive action towards water-related challenges and their impact on the world’s environment, health, climate, economic and poverty reduction agendas.
In 2017, World Water Week will address the theme “Water and waste: Reduce and reuse”. The REC is taking part in World Water Week by organising the MENA Water World Café 2017, which will take place on August 30, 2017. The event will be part of the MENA Focus Day at World Water Week, and is being organised in the framework of the WATER SUM project.
To encourage the participation of a range of stakeholders, and to ensure that different viewpoints are heard, the REC has invited 20 representatives of central and local governments, regional bodies, NGOs, academia and businesses from the Middle East and North Africa to participate in the MENA Water World Café. The event will kick off with a brief plenary session, during which discussion topics will be outlined and participants divided into three working groups. Facilitated group discussions will then focus on a background document that has been distributed in advance. We envisage the following three working groups and discussion topics:
- Rehink before use (group 1), focusing on water governance and management in order to consider wastewater as a resource to be reused and recycled for irrigation and domestic purposes.
- Climate change and the water–waste cycle (group 2), focusing on the impacts of climate change, water extremes and their consequences.
- Water quality management (group 3), focusing on pollution reduction in both urban and rural areas.
The working groups will rotate at intervals of 25, 20 or 15 minutes, while the facilitators will remain throughout the process and will later contribute to summarising the outcomes.