Economic Valuation of Ecosystems – During the period 24-26 March 2015, and in collaboration with IUCN-ROWA and EEAA, the Environmental Governance Programme of CEDARE organized at its premises a capacity building programme on Environmental Economics and Valuation of Ecosystems for the staff of the Ministry of Environment. The capacity development program includes cost effectiveness, economic valuation techniques, valuation tools, indicators, and using valuation of ecosystems to influence policy making. Also case studies are used for elaboration.
A high level expert Group Meeting was organized by the Environmental Governance programme to bring together a high level of regional experts from different agencies and backgrounds that are involved in Water, Agriculture, biodiversity, and Climate Change sectors in order to jointly develop a Capacity Building Program on “Resilience to Climate Change”. The Expert Group Meeting was supported by the GIZ.
Though SEARCH toolkit is the baseline of the meeting, the experts experience, contribution and knowledge sharing is the asset to meet the objective.
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.