The Center for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) was established in1992 as an international inter-governmental Organization with diplomatic status.This was in response to the convention adopted by the Council of Arab Ministers Responsible For the Environment (CAMRE) , in 1991 and upon the initiative of the Arab Republic of Egypt, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Arab fund for Economic and Social Development (AFESD).
CEDARE participated in the 1st Nexus Roundtable in the MENA and Wider Mediterranean, in Beirut,November 26-28, 2018. Khaled AbuZeid, CEDARE Water Director, talked about the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus in the Arab Region. He explained how Food Security is linked to Water Security and Energy Security. Fossil Groundwater is exploited using fossil fuels, where 10 out of 22 Arab Countries have exceeded the renewable freshwater sustainability threshold, and 18 out of the 22 Arab countries are below the water scarcity limit of 1000 m3/person/year. He highlighted the importance of the new approach in selecting the appropriate type of water resource for the appropriate use at the appropriate geographic location within the country. Read more…
CEDARE Water Resources Director, Khaled AbuZeid, speakes on “Understanding Nexus at National & Transboundary Levels in the Arab Region” Infront of Parliamentarians, Journalists, and NGOs at the Regional Roundtable on “Debating the Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems Nexus in MENA & Wider Mediterranean” organized in Brussels, by Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean / GWP-Med, COMPSUD, MIO-ECSDE, Union for the Mediterranean, and SIDA, on November 22, 2018.
As part of the activities of the 14th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the Convention in Sharm ElSheikh, CEDARE in partnership with the Ministry of Environment co-organized an awareness session on “Plastic Bags Pollution of the Environment”. The side event was held on the 21st of November 2018 and was accompanied by a display booth during the conference overall term. Read more…
CEDARE Regional Water Director, Khaled AbuZeid, contributed the meeting of Mediterranean Parliamentarians and Key Stakeholders for “A Plastic-Free Mediterranean Sea in the Making” organized by the European Parliament Intergroup on Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas, MIO-ECSDE, and CoMPSud at the European Parliament in Brussels, November 21st, 2018.
CEDARE Regional Water Director, Khaled AbuZeid, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Arab Water Council, participates at the consultative meeting on the work plan of the Council for the period from 2019 to 2021 in Cairo on Sunday, 18 November 2018. The Arab Water Council’s work plan includes four main themes, including integrated water resource management, enhancing cooperation on shared water resources, adapting to climate change in the water sector, and the interlinkages between water, food and energy.
CEDARE Water Resources Director, Khaled AbuZeid spoke in front of the Ad-Hoc Group Meeting on Climate Change Adaptation at the Union for the Mediterranean, in Barcelona, November 13th, 2018. Dr. AbuZeid listed a series of extreme flash floods that struck the Mediterranean countries in the past few years. He highlighted the importance of studying flood frequency trends and differentiating between normal return periods of extreme flood events, climate change impacts, and human-induced impacts of urbanization in floodplains. He presented examples of adaptation to climate change in the Water sector and recommendations for no-regret actions that serve for climate change adaptation, but also for coping with water scarcity, sea level rise, sea water intrusion, shore protection, and flood protection.