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).
Mauritania’s Ministry of Water Resources and Sanitation organized its national Consultation Workshop on July 10th, 2013, which was attended by the Water Resources & Sanitation Technical Consultant on behalf of H.E. Dr. Mohamed Al Amin Weld Ebih, the Regional Coordinator, the Rapid Assessment consultants and assessors, the Mauritanian AMCOW TAC member & National Coordinator, the national team, the National M&E Specialist, the National Task Force members and other stakeholders. It aimed at discussing the findings of the Rapid Assessment of Monitoring and Evaluation Systems and Water Indicators; namely the draft national RA Report of Mauritania, the draft RA transboundary Report of Senegal River Basin (OMVS), and the AMCOW Report.
The workshop objective was to verify data and indicators at the national level and to reach an agreed upon set of water sector indicators which will contribute to the preparation of the periodical national State of the Water Report, and hence, the sub-regional and regional SOW Reports.
This international conference aimed at bringing together the project partners with public authorities, policy and decision makers, industries and other stakeholders from the EU and Mediterranean countries in order to discuss the topic of Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control in the Mediterranean region. The project team presented most relevant results from the study undertook in the Mediterranean Partner Countries, and put in light synergies with other interesting policies and experience, on the IPPC implementation.
The conference was one of the final activities of the BAT4MED project, along with the national workshops, held in Mediterranean non-participating countries as follows: Lebanon on June 24th, Jordan on June 26th, Occupied Palestinian Territories (West Bank) on July 1st, Algeria on August 15th and finally Libya August 19th.
The Global Fuel Economy Initiative (GFEI) assists governments and transport stakeholders to develop fuel economic policies, by disseminating best practices. Using the skills and expertise of the GFEI partners – The International Energy Agency (IEA), United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), International Transport Forum of the OECD (ITF), International Council for Clean Transportation (ICCT), Institute of Transportation Studies (ITS) and the FIA Foundation – the GFEI Toolkit team are able to help to establish a baseline in each country; present policy options and case studies; and enable all stakeholders to engage in the policy development process.
CEDARE’s participation in the GFEI is mainly directed at encouraging countries in the Middle East and the Arab region to adopt fuel economy measures.
The 4th Roundtable Meeting on Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP) in the Arab Region was organized by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in partnership with the League of Arab States (LAS), the UN Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (UN-ESCWA) and the Centre for Environment and Development in the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE).
The main objective of the meeting was to initiate and facilitate the preparation of a regional action plan for the implementation of Rio+20 outcomes and to continue showcasing best practices/lessons learned, reviewing progress and exchanging views on the needs and priorities of the region to promote the shift to SCP and the transition to a Green Economy in the context of sustainable development and poverty eradication. The discussions benefited from the participation of government officials, industry representatives, civil society, academics, and NCPCs’ representatives. International Experts and concerned UN agencies enhanced the deliberations and discussions during the Meeting.
Egyptian Water Partnership (EWP) hosted by CEDARE has organized a workshop on “Building Climate Resilience in The Nile Delta: Urban Water Management for Effective Solutions", in the framework of partnership and cooperation between EWP, Global Water Partnership (GWP) and the Netherlands International Development Program (DGIS) to develop a global program of action for sustainable development of delta ecosystems worldwide. The workshop was held at the Intercontinental City Stars Hotel during the period from 16th to 17th of June, 2013.
Tunisian Ministry of Agriculture, Hydraulic Resources and Fisheries organized its national Consultation Workshop on June 10th, 2013, which was attended by the representative of the African Water Facility, the Regional Project Management Unit, represented by the Regional Coordinator, the Rapid Assessment consultants and assessors, the Tunisian AMCOW TAC member, the national coordination team, National M&E Specialist, the National Task Force members and other stakeholders. It aimed at discussing the findings of the Rapid Assessment of Monitoring and Evaluation Systems and Water Indicators; namely the draft national RA Report of Tunisia, the draft RA transboundary Groundwater Report of North Western Sahara Aquifer System (NWSAS), and the AMCOW Report.