A development partnership was established that included the Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE), the African Water Facility, the African Ministers Council on Water (AMCOW) for over three years. In 2011 a pilot project aimed at developing a unified mechanism for monitoring and evaluation to enables the countries of North Africa for the preparation of an annual report based on a regular monitoring of water situation and thus increase the efficiency of the water sector at national and regional levels: Monitoring and Evaluation of the Water Sector in the North Africa Project (MEWINA), that was implemented by the Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE), in cooperation with the ministries of water resources in Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania and Tunisia.
The Mediterranean water community has initiated an efficient synergy in view to consolidate the cooperation and exchange of knowhow and experience in the field of water by organizing the 1st Mediterranean Water Forum in Marrakesh (Morocco) in December 2011. This 1st Mediterranean Water Forum coordinated by the Mediterranean Water Institute (IME) with the support of the State Secretariat in charge of Water and Environment in Morocco, could mobilize the Mediterranean water community for the participation at the 6th World Water Forum (Marseille, March 2012). In coherence with all initiatives and programmes currently running and to be implemented in the Mediterranean region, the 2nd Mediterranean Water Forum was a new step for the dialogue between all the stakeholders concerned by water and environmental issues. Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, Regional Water Resources Programme Manager participated as a network partner in the 2nd Mediterranean Water Forum during the period from 25 to 27 November 2014 in Murcia, Spain and organized a number of sessions aiming Water sanitation for all, Integrated Water Resources Management, Adaptation to Climate Change and Nexus Water/Energy/Food Security.
In the framework of the review of the Mediterranean Strategy for Sustainable Development (MSSD review), and in close collaboration with both the Chair of the Mediterranean Commission on Sustainable Development (MCSD Chair, Marguerite Camilleri, Malta) and the Coordination Unit of Mediterranean Action Plan (UNEP/MAP Secretariat), Plan Bleu organized consultation workshops for Thematic Working Groups (TWGs) 1, 2, 3, 4 and 6. Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, MEWINA Project Regional Coordinator has attended the meetings that were held in Sophia-Antipolis, France, in Plan Bleu headquarters, on 19-20 November, 2014. These consultation workshops aimed at contributing to the preparation of MSSD 2.0 in allowing key Mediterranean stakeholders to take part in the different reflections among the various TWGs, especially in order to define strategic directions and oriented actions for each thematic area.
Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, MEWINA Project Regional Coordinator has presented MEWINA State of Water Indicators at Assessment Framework and Indicator Selection Workshop Organized by the Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) in cooperation with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and Abu Dhabi Global Environmental Data Initiative (AGEDI) that was held from 15th to 19th of November 2014 in Abu Dhabi, Emirates.
Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, MEWINA Project Regional Coordinator has participated in the 1st Regional Conference of the Union for the Mediterranean (UfM) labeled project Governance & Financing for the Mediterranean Water Sector1 to be held on 28-30 October 2014, in Athens, Greece, in close collaboration with the EU funded Sustainable Water Integrated Management – Support Mechanism (SWIM-SM) project2.
The Conference aimed to reinforce the regional dialogue, set off during the Launching of the UfM project in May 2013, and the sharing of experiences on the water governance and sustainable financing nexus by bringing together targeted Mediterranean stakeholders from within and outside the water sector, including public authorities, civil society and the private sector. Important for launching the implementation of this regional project has been the strategic partnership with the Swedish International Development Agency (Sida) and the European Investment Bank (EIB). The steady support, already since 2009, of the GEF/ MAP UNEP MedPartnership programme and the Mediterranean Component of the EU Water Initiative (MED EUWI) has been instrumental for concretizing the project’s line of work.
SWIM-SM has organized a two days regional high-level policy dialogue on enforcement of water and environment related legislations. The aim of the regional event was to reach a consensus among SWIM-SM PCs on policy options and to draw a road map to improve compliance & enforcement in the field. The ultimate goal of the event was to help SWIM-SM countries reach better water governance through implementing rules of law in the water sector. Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, MEWINA Project Regional Coordinator has participated in the High Level Policy Dialogue on Enforcement of Water laws in SWIM-SM Countries in Athens, on 14-15 October 2014.
In the frame of Monitoring and Evaluation of the Water Sector in the North Africa Project (MEWINA), that was implemented by the Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE). CEDARE concluded the Regional Consultative Workshop on the background reports for the State of Water Report in North Africa 2012 from the 2nd to 4th of July 2014 at intercontinental CityStars, Cairo. The workshop aimed to review and discuss the National Reports for the State of Water 2012 in the North African countries, and the State of Water Reports of Shared Water Basins and Aquifers in addition to the Regional Report of State of Water in North Africa. The workshop was attended by many foreign experts ' evaluation and monitoring of water resources from Algeria, Egypt, Libya, Mauritania and Tunisia.