A sub-regional workshop was held on December 20-21, 2017, in Tunis, Tunisia, within the framework of the project “Making Cooperation Happen in the Mediterranean”. The project is a component of the “Enhance Transboundary Water Cooperation” initiative implemented by the Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean (GWP-Med) and UNECE, with financial support from the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida).
The main objective of the workshop, organised under the patronage of the Ministry of Agriculture, Water Resources and Fisheries of Tunisia (MoAHRF) was to contribute towards strengthening transboundary water cooperation in the North Africa region. Specifically, the workshop aimed to reach delegates and experts from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Morocco and Tunisia working in the fields of transboundary water cooperation, water management, legal issues, and implementation of UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Delegates also included representatives from different relevant ministries in charge of water, environment and foreign affairs. Representatives from international organisations, non-governmental organisations, civil society, academia and donor entities also attended the workshop.
H.E. Mr. Samir Taieb, Minister of Agriculture, Hydraulic Resources and Fisheries in Tunisia, opened the workshop, and was followed by WATER SUM Project Manager Jovanka Ignjatovic, who shared project lessons on flood prevention and control, with a focus on the transboundary dimension.
In one workshop session, Ms. Melita Zizanovic, a legal expert from the International Sava River Basin Commission, shared her experience in transboundary water cooperation in response to floods. Representatives from the Arab Maghreb Union provided additional input related to early drought warning systems.