In the session organized on March 20th, 2018, by the Global Water Partnership on "Urban Water Governance" at the 8th World Water Forum in Brazil, Speakers from GWP, OECD, CEDARE, and India shared their views on the topic. CEDARE, Water Resources Director, Khaled AbuZeid, presented the "Alexandria 2030 Integrated Urban Water Management (IUWM) Strategic Plan". He indicated that it represents a model for Stakeholder Participation and Strategic Water Supply Options Analysis in Urban Water Planning for Smart Cities of the Future.
CEDARE represented by Dr. Khaled AbuZeid participated at the 8th World Water Forum (www.worldwaterforum8.org) held in Brasilia. In a session held on March 19th, 2018, discussing SDGs, Migration & Post Conflict Areas in the Arab Region, CEDARE, being part of the panel that included representatives from Lebanon, Palestine, and the League of Arab States, indicated that Wars, political unrest, and instability in the Arab Region caused a lot of Migration Volumes and destruction of water infrastructure in conflict zones putting pressure on water systems in countries of conflict, and neighboring countries receiving conflict-induced refugees. Dr. AbuZeid pointed out that the cost of achieving SDG6 in conflict countries and refugee-recipient countries is tremendously increasing and will require additional investment and special consideration. He highlighted that International law should pay due attention to transboundary basins riparian states taking advantage of political unrests situations in compromising shared water resources with infrastructure construction on shared rivers without the necessary consultation with potentially affected states.
In line with the global focus areas, five water-related themes were selected to form the main stream of discussions at the AWF4. These, in total, have covered a number of critical topics that aimed at achieving a secure Arab water future in compliance with the Global Sustainable Development Goals. These themes were: Water and Sustainable Development; Water, Food, Energy and Climate Nexus; Water Quality and Ecosystems; Sustainable Solutions for Shared Water Resources; Water and Science, Technology and Innovation.
CEDARE participated on the panel session for scaling up the safe use of recycled water in the Arab Region. The session was organized by IWMI at the 4th Arab Water Forum organized in Cairo. The session was held on November 28th, 2017. Organizations on the panel included FAO, ICARDA, IWMI and others.
Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, Water Expert and Senior Regional Water Resources Programme Manager, CEDARE was honored to participate in the regional “Expert Meeting on Capacity Building in Groundwater Governance in the Region” which was opened by the Arabian Gulf University (AGU) President HE Dr Khalid bin Abdulrahman Al-Ohali and was organised by AGU in collaboration with UNESCO Cairo Office and the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) Regional Office for the Near East. The event continued until October 4 and featured representatives from 13 Arab countries as well as six regional organizations.
Within the framework of the Regional Initiative for the Assessment of Climate Change Impacts on Water Resources and Socio-Economic Vulnerability in the Arab Region (RICCAR), the eleven RICCAR implementing partner organizations have organized the ‘High Level Conference on Climate Change Assessment and Adaptation in the Arab Region’ from 26 to 28 September 2017 at the Hilton Beirut Metropolitan Palace Hotel in Beirut, Lebanon.
Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, Water Expert and Senior Regional Water Resources Programme Manager, CEDARE has participated in the event which was also served as the closing meeting of the Adaptation to Climate Change in Water Sector in the MENA Region (ACCWaM) project.