Type of services provided:
Review available data and information.
Agree on a common assessment approach and format of the report on the subject area, including the development of hydrological models for the basin.
Understand temporal and spatial hydrologic dynamics of the Nile and formulate strategies accordingly.
Identify critical gaps and come up with strategies for dealing with the gaps.
Identify focused working groups and develop a timeframe for these working groups to deliver the key outputs for the project component.
Being the EU funded partner responsible for implementing the SWITCH project in Alexandria, CEDARE has participated in the international conference titled “Sustainable Water Management in Cities: Stakeholder Engagement for Effective Change and Action” that took place in Zaragoza, Spain from the 13th to the 17th of December, 2010. The conference was hosted by the municipality of the city of Zaragoza under the auspices of UN-WATER and SWITCH project. CEDARE was represented by Dr. Khaled AbuZeid , Regional Water Program Manager, and Eng. Mohamed Elrawady, Water Resources Specialist. Both CEDARE’s representatives had a significant contribution in the conference as they promoted the upcoming Alexandria Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) plan as well as the Alexandria Learning Alliance (LA) process to higher international recognition through a series of group sessions and plenary panel discussions. CEDARE’s representatives were accompanied by Mrs. Dalia Abd-Elsalam from Al-Ahram- Hebdo as the media represent tive in stakeholder participation activities related to IUWM ,she also conducted many important interviews with some of the key figures in the SWITCH project.
The water resources Programme at CEDARE has participated in the UNESCO International Shared Aquifers Conference that was held in the period from 6-8 December 2010 at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France. CEDARE was represented by Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, Regional Water Program Manager, and Eng. Mohamed Elrawady, Water Resources Specialist. CEDARE’s representatives contributed with a paper titled “Sustainable Development of Non-renewable Transboundary Groundwater: strategic alternatives for the Nubian sandstone aquifer system” which was well received by the audience when presented by Dr. AbuZeid on the 7th of December. The conference has enjoyed a huge participation by different research, development and international organizations. The draft UN transboundary aquifers convention has been thoroughly discussed in plenary panel sessions that focused on the factors affecting global acceptance and ratification. More specific points related to the proposed convention such as “sovereignty “ and “dependence” were discussed in topic themed sessions.
BAT4MED is part of the EU 7th Framework Programme. The main objective of the project is to ensure a higher level of environmental protection of the Mediterranean region, minimizing the negative impacts associated to the activity key industrial sectors. Towards this aim, the possibilities for and impact of diffusion of the EU Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control approach to the Mediterranean Partner Countries (MPC) will be assessed and the implementation of Best Available Techniques in the national environmental programmes will be promoted and supported.
Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, representing CEDARE which was selected as member of the Sanitation & Water for All (SWA) steering committee, attended the steering committee meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, during the period 20-21/11/2010.
The meeting decided to work with the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) on holding a High Level meeting between the Ministers of Finance & the Ministers of Water in 2011 as per the recommendation of the Sharm El Sheikh declaration, to expedite the African's continental progress towards achieving the Water & Sanitation Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The meeting discussed the Joint Monitoring Program (JMP) & the Global Annual Assessment of Sanitation & Drinking Water (GLASS) reports, which showed Africa off track for achieving the Water & Sanitation MDGs. The meeting agreed on the main components of SWA's work plan in the next period and agreed to participate with in setting the action plan for implementing the new UN resolution of "Water being a Human Right". JMP & GLASS are considering issuing an Arab Region Snap shot reports in cooperation with CEDARE & the Arab Water Council.
As part of the SWITCH project being implemented by CEDARE in Alexandria, an agreement has been signed between CEDARE and the Alexandria Water Company to implement measures of Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) in on the informal settlements in Alexandria. Eng. Nadia Abdou, Chairperson of the Alexandria Water Company, indicated that the Water Company is pleased to cooperate with CEDARE in a water savings program in the Fishermen’s Village including the installation of home water savings fittings, as well as in a leak detection and pipe repair program, and in water supply SWITCHing for the Youth Center soccer field from fresh drinking water supply for irrigation to groundwater supply.
The Arab Water Council participated in the proceedings of the Fourth International Conference for healthy water in the Arab world in Cairo on Monday and Tuesday 21-22 June, 2010 at Semiramis Intercontinental Hotel – Cairo, under the slogan of "healthy water for healthy Arab citizens." The conference was attended by a group of senior water officials in Egypt as well as researchers, scientists and specialists from Egypt, seven Arab countries. The Conference addressed many water related issues in Egypt and the Arab world, and the results reached by the researchers in their research, a circle of the debate reflected the audience interest in current water issues, which bestowed dazzling success on the Conference. Many important recommendations, findings conclusions were reached in the conference.