Sustainable Use of Transboundary Water Resources and Water Security Management (WATER SUM)

Sustainable Use of Transboundary Water Resources and Water Security Management (WATER SUM)

Source of funding


Name of client/donor

Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida)

Overall project value

EUR 7,092,360


April 2014 – March 2018

Beneficiary countries

Egypt | Tunisia | Jordan

Number of staff


WATER SUM aims to promote and enhance the more sustainable use of water resources, taking into consideration the impacts of climate change, in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region by mutually reinforcing efficient national water resources management and greater regional cooperation on water issues. The project has two components: WATER POrT and WaSe.

The WATER POrT component provides a platform for building skills and transferring knowledge on integrated water resources management (IWRM) and climate change adaptation. It promotes social and economic development, environmental protection and the use of innovative tools for climate adaptation. Its specific goals are to:

  • build the capacities of national authorities for IWRM;
  • create a common understanding among water practitioners and stakeholders on regional water issues; and
  • strengthen skills for dealing with climate change impacts on water.

The WaSe component focuses on building local partnerships to ensure water security and promote ecosystem services. Its goals are to:

  • support the introduction of local water security action plans (LWSAPs) in target municipalities;
  • encourage partner communities to work together; and
  • promote local environmental governance in partner countries benefiting from LWSAPs.

WATER SUM contributes to the following high-level targets:

  • Just and sustainable global development through increased regional cooperation and multi-sector dialogue on environmental and water-related issues that may improve water supply and bring peaceful development to the region.
  • Access to sufficient quantities of clean water by building skills to combat water shortages and other negative environmental and climate-related impacts that hit poor people the hardest.
  • The participation of water users in overarching water issues and greater efficiency in identifying alternative solutions by fostering continuous dialogue and building mutual trust between decision makers and consumers.
  • Strengthened gender equality and a greater contribution on the part of women to decisions that affect their daily lives through awareness raising and education on water issues.

Activities implemented under the WATER SUM project focus on:

  • making institutional and behavioural changes in water governance and utilisation patterns through the transfer of knowledge and skills; and
  • building partnerships to improve water security as an important aspect of environmental security that hinges on addressing resources scarcity, environmental risks and environment-related tensions or conflicts.

The project provides a structured opportunity to boost the development of participating countries, share new methods for improved water management, improve planning at all levels of governance and address unemployment and poverty. State-of-the-art instruments, tools, approaches and insights will be used to bridge the gap between partners in the MENA region. The involvement of the Network for Environmental Compliance and Enforcement in the Maghreb (NECEMA), the Arab Countries Water Utilities Association (ACWUA), the Arab Water Council (AWC), and the African Ministers' Council on Water (AMCOW) will help to ensure the sustainability of outcomes. Replicable approaches and methods can be transferred both within the MENA region and beyond, while harmonisation with other development interventions will also be promoted.

  • Capacity building
  • Knowledge transfer
  • Awareness raising
  • Communication/dissemination
  • Cooperation/networking/fostering dialogue
  • Data collection
  • Assessment
  • Advisory services
  • Events management/training
  • Publishing
  • Local initiatives

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