CEDARE participated in the 1st Meeting of (WG3) on Technical Infrastructure: "Content and User Needs" held in Cairo, Egypt during the period from 20-21 July 2011, in preparation for the upcoming "Eye on Earth Summit" to be held in Abu Dhabi from 12-15 December 2011. The meeting was organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). The objective of the meeting was to bring together the members of WG3 to engage face to face discussions in an effort to identify the most pressing issues on the content and user needs for environmental information. CEDARE is the Co-chair of the Technical Infrastructure Working Group (WG3).
The 2nd Project Management Board Meeting of the BAT4MED project took place from 27th to 29th of June 2011 in Pisa (Italy). The main issues of the meeting were to identify the key industrial sectors where the project will focus, assess the work done in the first 6 months and define next steps until the end of the year. The first study visit included in the project was carried out on Monday 27th in relevant industries from the region in order to learn about their processes and management. The meeting was organized by the Scoula Superiore Sant'Anna, Pisa (SSSUP). CEDARE is one amongst 8 partners coordinating the actions that will enhance networking of high level research.
BAT4MED, “Boosting Best Available Techniques in the Mediterranean Partner Countries”, aims to analyze the potential impact of the introduction of the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control (IPPC) concept in the Mediterranean Partner Countries and, more specifically, if this can contribute to minimize the negative impacts associated with polluting industries from key industrial sectors.
H.E. Dr. Nadia Makram Ebeid, Executive Director of CEDARE inaugurated the first National Dialogue on the use of treated wastewater in agriculture. The Dialogue will emphasize the strong link between treated waste water and agriculture, and accordingly the national food security, referring to the status quo that involves increased population and water scarcity.
The workshop came out with the following recommendations:
The meeting was organized by UNEP/MAP and was held in Budva, Montenegro during the period from May 30th to June 1st, 2011. CEDARE participated in the meeting and has been elected as the Vice President of the MCSD Steering Committee.
The main objectives of the Meeting was to discuss how through promoting a Green economy strategy and improved efficiency in the institutional framework, this can contribute to the Mediterranean Action Plan’s (MAP’s) strategy and priorities, programme of work and organization. These perspectives can provide input to reflections on the Mediterranean contribution to the next United Nations World Conference on Sustainable Development (WCSD or Rio+20), scheduled for June 2012.
Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, Water Resources Program Manager, attended the consultative workshop for the preparation of “A Convention for Shared Water Resources in the Arab Region” during the period of 24-26 May, 2011 at the ESCWA premises in Beirut. The new convention addresses very important issues of relevance to the Arab Region which is characterized by being mostly water scarce with 67% of its surface water resources originating outside its boundaries. The Arab Region is also characterized by its shared non-renewable groundwater aquifers.
The Consultative Meeting on Wastewater Management in the Arab Region was held in Dubai during the period of May 22-24, 2011, under the auspices of H.E. Dr. Rashed Ahmed Bin Fahd, Minister of Environment & Water of the United Arab Emirates, and CEDARE member of the Board of Trustees. Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, CEDARE Regional Water Resources Program Manager, and member of the organizing committee of the Consultative Meeting, participated in the meeting which was organized by the Arab Water Council, the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture, and the Islamic Development Bank. He facilitated the working group discussions on "Policies, Institutions, and Finance", and he chaired the session on Wastewater Reuse in North Africa.