Yearly Archives: 2020

Policy Measures to Address Single-Use Plastic Bags in Egypt: Sharing key study outcomes

In conclusion of its recent study, on July 5, 2020, the Sustainable Growth Program (SGP) of CEDARE in cooperation with Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), and in coordination with the Ministry of Environment and Ministry of Industry of Egypt held a webinar on measures to address single-use plastic bags in Egypt. It was held with the presence of H.E. Dr. Yasmine Fouad, Minister of Environment of Egypt, H.E. Noke Masaki Ambassador of Japan in Egypt, and Mr. IWASAKI Akihiro, Senior Representative of JICA Egypt Office, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA),  among other esteemed representatives of  key stakeholders and experts including the Plastic Technology Center and the Hurghada Environmental Protection Agency (HEPCA) among others. Key outcomes included the emphasis on the need to develop a legal framework to enable the transition towards such circular economy transitions and to enable and incentivize innovation and development of green businesses, as well as nudging the necessary behavior change among consumers.

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Technical Papers and Articles

  • Potential Transboundary Impacts of the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam under Climate Change and Variability, Book Chapter #16, Water Resources Management in the Climate Change Context in Africa, Springer International Publishing AG, 2020, (Under publishing).
  • Existing & Recommended Water Policies in Egypt, Book Chapter #3, Water Policies in MENA Countries, edited by Slim Zekri, ISBN: 978-3-030-29273-7, ISSN 2211-0631, Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020.
  • Water Resources, Chapter #2, Egypt State of the Environment Report-2017, Ministry of Environment in Egypt & CEDARE, 2019.
  • Chapter IV: Impacts of the Operation of the Renaissance Dam, Water Resources Program (Center for Environment & Development for Arab Region & Europe – CEDARE), “Economic Impacts of the Renaissance Dam on Water, Agriculture and Egypt’s National Security”, Institute of Research and Strategic Studies on the Nile Basin Countries (Fayoum University), 2017
  • The Water, Energy, and Food Security Nexus in the Arab Region, Research and Development to Bridge the Knowledge Gap, Book Chapter #7, K. Amer et al. (eds.), Water Security in a New World, DOI 10.1007/978-3-319-48408-2_7, ISBN 978-3-319-48407-5, ISSN 2367-4008, Springer International Publishing AG, United Nations University, UNESCO, 2017.
  • Global Environment Outlook-6 Regional Assessment for West Asia Report – Chapter 2, Water Chapter, ISBN: 978-92-807-3548-2, UNEP, 2016
  • Egypt’s Available Water Resources and Proposed Solutions, “The Renaissance Dam Crisis” Special Issue of the Egyptian Portfolio, AlAhram Political & Strategic Studies Center Periodical, Pages 34-37, Deposit Number 18932, Volume 20, April 2016
  • The 2012 State of the Water in the Arab Region, The Official Journal of the Arab Water Council, Volume 5, No. 2, ISSN 1996-5699, December 2014
  • Hydro-Diplomacy for Better Transboundary Water Management, Hydro-Diplomacy, Sharing Water Across Borders Book, p 125, ISBN: 978-93-327-0098-7, 2014
  • Adaptation to Climate-Change Induced Water Stress in the Nile Basin (A Vulnerability Assessment Report), UNEP, ISBN: 978-92-807-3328-0, (co-authored) 2013
  • Mediterranean Water Outlook: Perspective on Policies & Water Management in Arab Countries, IWRM in the Mediterranean Region: Dialogue Towards New Strategy, Pages 223-235, ISBN 978-94-007-4755-5, ISBN 978-94-007-4756 (eBook), Springer, 2012
  • Towards a Wider Consensus on International Legal Frameworks of Shared Waters, 6th World Water Forum, Marseilles, France, March, 2012
  • Maintaining Ecosystem Services provided by Wetlands facing Human Pressures, Water & Wetlands in the Mediterranean the next 20 Years, International Symposium Proceedings, Agadir, morocco, 6-8 February, (Co-authored) 2012
  • Efficiency of Water Use in Egypt 2030, Egypt Competitiveness Report, Egypt Competitiveness Center, 2011
  • Sustainable Development of Non-Renewable Transboundary Groundwater: Strategic Planning for the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System (NSAS), The Official Journal of the Arab Water Council, Volume 2, No. 1, Pages 135-142, ISSN 1996-5699. AbuZeid, K., & El Rawady, M. (July, 2011)
  • Mediterranean Water Outlook: Perspective on Policies & Water Management in Arab Countries, MELIA Conference, IWRM in the Mediterranean Region: Dialogue Towards New Strategy, 19-22 June2011 Agadir, Morocco, 2011
  • Alexandria 2030 Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) Strategic Plan, SWITCH Conference, 2011
  • Integrated Resource Planning for Alexandria, Egypt, (co-authored), International Water Association, Efficient 2011 Conference, Dead Sea, Jordan, 2011
  • Sustainable Development of Non-Renewable Transboundary Groundwater: Strategic Planning for the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer, UNESCO Internationally Shared Aquifer Resources Management (ISARM) Conference, Paris, France (co-authored), 2010
  • Water Footprints, Green Water, Blue Water, and Virtual Water, and their Relevance to the Legal and Technical Aspects of Transboundary Water Management, Egyptian Water Partnership Workshop, Egypt, 2010
  • Factors Prohibiting the Ratification of the 1997 UN Convention on Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses.  Arab League Expert Group Meeting on the 1997 UN Convention, Damascus, Syria, 2010
  • Towards Sustainability in Urban Water: A Life Cycle Analysis of the Urban Water System of Alexandria City, Egypt, Journal of Cleaner Production, (co-authored, Mahgoub, M., Van Der Steen, P., AbuZeid, K., Vairavamoorthy, K.), 2009
  • Regional Report for the Middle East, North Africa, and the Arab Region, 5th World Water Forum Istanbul, Turkey, (co-authored), 2009
  • Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM): Between Reality and Illusion (co-authored), SWITCH Scientific Conference, UNESCO-IHE, Delft, Netherlands, 2009
  • Socio-Economic and Environmental Aspects of Water Management in the 21st Century: Trends, Challenges and Prospects for the Mena Region, International Journal of Water Resources Development, Vol. 25, No.3: 507-522, ISSN: 0790-0627,(co-authored, Olli Varis & Khaled Abu Zeid), September 2009
  • Water Resources Planning for Egypt in 2050, Aswan, Egypt, 2009
  • Technical & Legislative Issues related to Water Diplomacy in International Waters in the Arab Region, Water Diplomacy for Water Leaders Workshop, Arab Water Academy, Abu Dhabi, UAE, 2009
  • Water Rights & Equity in the Arab Region, (co-authored), INWRDAM, Amman, Jordan, 2008
  • Conceptual Design of the Nile Basin Decision Support System, Nile Basin Initiative, (co-authored), 2008
  • Sustainable Development of Non-renewable Groundwater with special emphasis on Egypt, (co-authored), UNESCO Conference, University of California, Irvine, 2008
  • Policy Analysis of National Water Plans in Selected Arab Countries, 3rd Regional Workshop on Water Governance in the Arab Region, Marrakesh, Morocco, 2008
  • Integrated Water Resources Management & Water Demand Management Opportunities in the Arab Region, 1st Arab Water Forum, Arab Water Council, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, 16-19 November, 2008
  • A GIS-Based Water Resources Information System: A Regional DSS for IWRM.  CIHEAM-IAMB, Number 56, Volume II, Water Saving in Mediterranean Agriculture & Future Research Needs & Options Conference, WASAMED Project, (co-authored) 2007
  • Policy Analysis of National Water Plans in Selected Arab Countries, Water Governance Forum, Arab Water Council, INWENT, Morocco, 2007
  • Impact of fluoride content in drinking water (co-authored), Arab Water Healthy Conference, 2007
  • Status of Water MDGs Achievement in the Arab Region, CEDARE, Arab Water Council, 2007
  • Multi-Sectoral Uses of Water & Approaches to DSS in Water Management in the NOSTRUM Partner Countries of the Mediterranean (co-authored), FEEM Journal, 2006
  • Challenges of Implementing IWRM in the Arab Region (co-authored), 4th World Water Forum, Mexico City, Mexico, 2006
  • Water Management to 2030: Trends, Challenges, & Prospects for the MENA Region, 1st Regional Workshop on Water Governance in the Arab Region, Sanaa, Yemen, (co-authored), 2006
  • Facing the Facts, Assessing the Vulnerability of Africa’s Water Resources to Environmental Change, UNEP, (co-authored) 2005
  • Africa Water Development Report, United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, (co-authored), 2004
  • Status of Integrated Water Resources Management (IWRM) Plans in the Arab Region, CEDARE, Arab Water Council, UNDP, (co-authored), 2004
  • Potential for Water Demand Management in the Arab Region, Proceedings of the International Water Demand Management Conference, Dead Sea, Jordan, 2004
  • Potential for Water Savings in the Mediterranean Region, The third World Water Forum, World Water Council, Kyoto, Japan, 2003
  • Towards an Integrated Framework for the Shared Management of the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer, UN-ESCWA Workshop, Lebanon, 2002
  • Nubian Sandstone Aquifer Response Under Regional Development, Arab Water Conference, Egypt, 2002
  • Environmental Impact Assessment of the South Egypt Development Project, Water Science Journal, National Water Research Center, Egypt, 2002
  • International Water Law from Helsinki Rules to the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses, Water Resources IMPACT, American Water Resources Association (AWRA), July 2001, Volume 3, Number 4, Pages 26-31, Virginia, USA, 2001
  • GIS & Incremental Analysis for Decision Making in Environmental Ecosystem Restoration Projects, American Water Resources Association (AWRA) & Universities Council On Water Resources (UCOWR) conference on Decision Support Systems in Water Resources Management, Snowbird, Utah, USA, 2001
  • Opportunities of the Corps of Engineers’ Ecosystem Restoration Program, and its Application to the City of Alamosa, Colorado, ASCE 2000 Joint Conference on Water Resources Engineering and Water Resources Planning & Management, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, 2000
  • An Environmental Impact Assessment Decision Support System for Irrigation Projects, published in the proceedings of the 17th ICID Congress, Granada, Spain, 1999
  • A Multi-Criteria Decision Support System for Evaluating Cropping Pattern Strategies, published in the book on “Multiple Objective Decision Making for Land, Water, and Environmental Management”, Lewis Publishers, ISBN: 1-57444-091-8, 1998
  • Irrigation Water Management Scenario Simulation for Decision Support in Multi-Objective Planning, published in the book on “Multiple Objective Decision Making for Land, Water, and Environmental Management”, Lewis Publishers, ISBN: 1-57444-091-8, 1998
  • Proper Water Resources Assessment: An Opportunity for Conflict Resolution in International River Basins, published in the proceedings of the “9th World Water Congress on Water Resources Outlook for the 21st Century: Conflicts and Opportunities”, International Water Resources Association, Montreal-Canada, 1997
  • Recent Trends & Developments: Reuse of Wastewater in Agriculture, published in the International Journal on Environmental Management and Health, MCB University Press, ISSN 0956 6163, Volume 9, Numbers 2 & 3, 1998
  • Expert Systems: A Step-Up from Decision Support to Decision Making Systems, published in the proceedings of the “Regional Seminar on The Use of Decision Support Systems in Water Resources Management”, CEDARE, 1996
  • Limitations & Environmental Impacts of Water Savings Programmes, published in the proceedings of the “Workshop on Water Savings and Sustainability of Irrigated Agriculture in the Mediterranean” held at the “16th Congress on Sustainability of Irrigated Agriculture”, International Commission on Irrigation & Drainage (ICID), 1996
  • Integrated Model for Water Resources Management in Egypt, published in the proceedings of the 49th Annual Conference on “Rational and Sustainable Development of Water Resources”, Volume II, Canadian Water Resources Association, Quebec-Canada, 1996
  • A GIS Multi-Criteria Expert Decision Support System for Water Resources Management.  Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) Dissertation, Colorado State University, Fort Collins, USA, 1994
  • GIS: A Tool for Decision Making in Water Resources Management, published in the proceedings of the Eight Annual Symposium on GIS – GIS 94, “Decision Making with GIS”, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada, 1994

Second NLA Wastewater Reuse Dialogue and Validation of the “Egypt Wastewater & Reuse Baseline Report” Workshop via Video Conference, May 27, 2020

The ReWater MENA project aims at the reuse of water in a safe manner by developing a shared strategy for water reuse in Egypt until 2030.  This project which is funded by SIDA and led by the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), is implemented by the Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) in cooperation with the International Center for Agricultural Research in the Dry Areas (ICARDA), and other national stakeholders in Egypt. Read more…

ReWater MENA Project

In many parts of the world, there is not enough water to meet growing demand. One promising solution is smart use of water that has already been previously used. Water can be used in cities and reused in agriculture with benefits for all.  Drawing on experience with water reuse strategies already developed in the region, the ReWater MENA project will identify promising innovations and validated reuse.  Under funding from the Swedish SIDA, and the leadership of the International Water Management Institute (IWMI), CEDARE in cooperation with other partners embarked in 2018 on a 4-year project that will help expand the safe reuse of water in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA). Read more…

Sustainable Recycling Industries Project Phase II launch

On the 10th of March 2020 in Cairo – Egypt and at the premises of  the Ministry of Communication & Information Technology (MCIT),  Switzerland and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology announced in a press conference their agreement on the extension of the Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) project in Egypt, originally launched in 2016 and completed in 2018, through an additional grant contribution of 1.2 million CHF for the period 2020-2023.

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Steering Committee of the Sustainable Recycling Industries (SRI) Project holds the Sixth Meeting

Under the framework of SRI project, the Ministry of Communication & Information Technology (MCIT) in coordination with the Centre of Environment and Development in the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE convened the overall sixth steering committee meeting overall and the first in the second phase of the project.  The meeting was scheduled on February 24th and was held at the MCIT premises.

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Under the auspices of CEDARE’s Executive Director H.E. Dr. Nadia Makram Ebeid, Dr. Amr Abdel-Meguid, Environmental Governance Programme Director

Under the auspices of CEDARE’s Executive Director H.E. Dr. Nadia Makram Ebeid, Dr. Amr Abdel-Meguid, Environmental Governance Programme Director, signed an agreement with EPSCO Company for Petroleum services, for co-funding the “Sustainable Investment in Solid and Agriculture Wastes” (SISAW) project, which is funded by the EU-JRDP and the Italian cooperation.