SEARCH project has held its National Policy workshop at Fairmont Nile City Hotel, Cairo on June 27, 2013. The main objective of the workshop was to gather concerned policy makers and high level representatives from different parties, such as Governmental Ministries, Research centers, universities, civil society organizations and non-governmental organizations (NGOs). Specifically, the following organizations and institutions have participated in the workshop activities:
CEDARE represented by Dr. Amr AbdelMeguid, Environmental Governance Programme Manager, in collaboration with RKNOW partners held a regional workshop on Water and Nature Conservation Knowledge Sharing in the Arab Region in Sharm El Sheikh on 12-14 May 2015. H.E. Dr. Hossam Moghazy, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation of Egypt, inaugurated the workshop emphasizing the importance of knowledge sharing between Arab countries to build on experiences and lessons learned. Dr. Moghazy also highlighted the Ministry’s activities in the fields of water governance, water technologies, and use of renewable energy in groundwater pumping for water and energy conservation.
CEDARE represented by the Environmental Governance Programme co-organized with ISESCO, IUCN, the National Research Center of Egypt, and COMSATS an International Conference on “Agriculture, Food Security and Bio-technology” on 8-9 June 2015, in Cairo. In the opening ceremony, Dr. Amr AbdelMeguid said that fresh water is continuously threatened by external factors that affect its sustainability. Available water is decreasing as a result of its pollution due to urbanization, industrialization, and other factors in addition to Climate Change. the consequences of water scarcity and pollution are very acute and that the first sector to suffer will be the agriculture sector.
CEDARE is one of the main partners in the Regional Knowledge Network on Systemic Approaches to Water Resources Management (R-KNOW), lead by IUCN. R-Know is a regional project funded by the European Union (2013-2016). The project is being implemented in five countries (Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Morocco and Egypt). R-KNOW aims to influence policy and decision-making processes as a means to enhance good governance and policy coherence for sustainable development.
“Social, Ecological and Agricultural Resilience in the Face of Climate Change” (SEARCH) is a three years regional project funded by the EU and implemented in five countries (Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan, Palestine, and Morocco). SEARCH aims to develop and pilot a resilience framework for adaptation to climate change in watershed ecosystems. Implementation will be piloted in demonstration sites to enable joint learning with stakeholders, through local action planning and testing of interventions designed to increase climate change resilience.
- Arab Water Council
- IUCN Headquarters in Switzerland
- IUCN Regional Office for West Asia
- IUCN Med Office in Malaga
- IUCN Office of the Global Gender Advisor
- Centre for Development Innovation (CDI) – Wageningen UR in Netherlands
- Earth Charter International
- JOHUD – Jordan Hashemite Fund for Human Development
- Arab Women Organization in Jordan
- Ministry of Environment in Jordan
- Badia Research and development Center in Jordan
- Coptic Evangelic Organization for Social Services (CEOSS) in Egypt
- Desert Research Center in Egypt
- Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation in Egypt
- Ministry of Agriculture in Egypt
- Ministry of Environment in Egypt
- Union of Agricultural Work Committees (UAWC) in Ramallah, Palestine
- Palestine Hydrological Group (PHG) in Palestine
- Society for the Protection of Nature in Lebanon (SPNL) in Lebanon
- MADA Association in Lebanon
- Abdelmalek Essaadi / Tetouan University in Morocco
CEDARE organized an Expert Group Meeting on 11 May 2015 in Sharm ElSheikh for the preparation of a Capacity Building Programme on “Resilience Development in the Face of Climate Change” in cooperation with the Arab Water Council (AWC), Palestinian Hydrology Group (PHG) and IUCN. The expert Group Meeting was supported by GIZ. The Expert Group Meeting was opened by CEDARE represented by Dr. Amr AbedlMeguid, Regional Programme Manager of the Environmental Governance Programme, PHG represented by Dr. Ayman Rabi, AWC represented by its Executive Director H.E. Dr. Hussein Al-Atfy and Former Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, and GIZ represented by Dr. Hammou Lamrani. The opening session was an opportunity to recall the Meeting objective and expected results.