CEDARE Regional Water Director, Khaled AbuZeid, as a member of the Executive Committee of the Arab Water Council, participates at the consultative meeting on the work plan of the Council for the period from 2019 to 2021 in Cairo on Sunday, 18 November 2018. The Arab Water Council’s work plan includes four main themes, including integrated water resource management, enhancing cooperation on shared water resources, adapting to climate change in the water sector, and the interlinkages between water, food and energy.
CEDARE Water Resources Director, Khaled AbuZeid spoke in front of the Ad-Hoc Group Meeting on Climate Change Adaptation at the Union for the Mediterranean, in Barcelona, November 13th, 2018. Dr. AbuZeid listed a series of extreme flash floods that struck the Mediterranean countries in the past few years. He highlighted the importance of studying flood frequency trends and differentiating between normal return periods of extreme flood events, climate change impacts, and human-induced impacts of urbanization in floodplains. He presented examples of adaptation to climate change in the Water sector and recommendations for no-regret actions that serve for climate change adaptation, but also for coping with water scarcity, sea level rise, sea water intrusion, shore protection, and flood protection.
The United Nations Experts Group on the “Global Risk Assessment Framework” (GRAF) held its 2nd meeting at the premises of the World Meteorological Organization in Geneva, Switzerland during the period of 8-9 November, 2018.
Khaled AbuZeid, CEDARE Regional Director for Water Resources, and member of the GRAF Experts Group, indicated that the adoption of The Sendai Framework for Disaster Risk Reduction 2015-2030 on 18 March 2015 articulated the need for improved understanding of risk in all dimensions and created new requirements for building societal resilience to environmental and technological shocks.
CEDARE’s presentations on Water-Energy-Food Nexus, and on Climate Change & Water delivered by Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, Cedare – Centre for Environment & Development for the Arab Region & Europe, Regional Water Director, attracts attention at the 9th Water Experts Group (WEG) meeting of the Union for the Mediterranean, held in Athens, Greece, November 5-6, 2018. The UFM WEG addresses various themes such as Water Employment & Migration, Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems Nexus, Water Supply and Sanitation, and Water & Climate Change Adaptation.
CEDARE represented by Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, attended the AMCOW -African Ministers Council on Water 11th General Assembly meeting and the 7th Africa Water Week held in Libreville, Gabon, October 29th to November 2nd, 2018.
CEDARE participated in the AMCOW -African Ministers Council on WaterTechnical Advisory Committee meeting in Gabon (26-28 October, 2018). Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, CEDARE Regional Water Director and officer-in-Charge of the Technical Secretariat for North AMCOW, hosted by CEDARE, delivered CEDARE’s goodwill statement marking its 15th year of support since the inception of AMCOW, and confirming its continued support to North African Ministries of Water in their AMCOW activities.