Tunisia to host Second Water, Growth and Sustainability Conference

Follow-up event kicks off on July 11 in Hammamet

July 7, 2016 | By Valerio Ponzo
Photo credit: Wassim Chaieb

In April 2016, multiple stakeholders from the MENA region and beyond met for the First WGS Conference at the Regional Environmental Center’s head office in Szentendre, Hungary, to discuss how to improve water management and security at both the national and local level, and also to discuss terms for regional cooperation and engagement in order to attain a more sustainable use of water resources. The outcome document of that First WGS Conference introduced the Water, Growth and Stability Initiative (WGSIni), which is a milestone output of the REC project “Sustainable Use of Transboundary Water Resources and Water Security Management in the MENA region (WATER SUM)”, which is supported by the Swedish Government through the Swedish International Development Agency (SIDA).

At the Second Water, Growth and Stability Conference, "Water, Growth and Stability in MENA", which will take place on July 11–14, 2016, in Hammamet, Tunisia, stakeholders will gather again to continue an ongoing dialogue to advance the WGSIni through enhanced collaboration and by taking a regional approach towards water management, transboundary water cooperation, mutual transfer of knowledge and good practices, local-level water security planning, and regional and global efforts in the water sector.

The Second WGS Conference has two main objectives: to launch the WGSIni forums, and to highlight the contribution of the WATERSUM project to the initiative.

The conference will be structured into three working groups (WGs): WG1: Municipality Forum; WG2: Civil Society Forum; and WG3: Women’s Forum. Within these working groups, five key topics will be debated: water demand management; water resources protection; water resources management in a changing climate; local water security action planning (LWSAP); and the role of civil society and women in water management.

The event will also provide a venue for discussions among LWSAP teams from Jordan and Tunisia, who will be divided into working teams (WTs). The Civil Society Forum and the Women’s Forum will contribute beneficial input to the WTs.

The Second WGS Conference has been organised by the Regional Environmental Center (REC), with the support of the Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture, Hydraulic Resources and Fisheries, and the Jordanian Ministry of Water and Irrigation.

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