In December 2017, the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) signed an agreement with the Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) to support capacity building in the Arab Region in the field of Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) throughout 2018. The current activity aims to support Quick Risk Estimation (QRE) in 6 cities leading to subsequent action plan development. The supported cities are 3 in Tunisia (Bousalem, Kasserine and Gabes) and 3 in Mauritania (Tevragh Zeina, Kaedi, Rosso). The purpose is to identify and understand current and future risks / stress / shocks and exposure threats to both human and physical assets, and to deliver capacity building in the process. The activity is implemented through the UNDP offices in Mauritania and in Tunisia and in coordination with the DRR focal points.
Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, Water Expert and Senior Regional Water Resources Programme Manager, CEDARE has participated in the event of the BioVision Alexandria (BVA) Organizing Committee regarding their ninth biennial conference BVA 2018. The BVA 2018 Conference took place at the Library of Alexandria (Bibliotheca Alexandrina), Egypt, from 20 to 22 April 2018.
Dr. AbuZeid delivered a presentation on “Water Prospects in the 21st Century Arab Region Perspectives on the Water SDG 6″
The theme of BVA 2018 is “New Life Sciences: Towards SDGs”. The conference highlighted the important role science plays with regard to achieving SDGs. More insights on the science-based-decisions-making was introduced, and how this affects the developing world. Furthermore, within the framework of BVA 2018, the first conference was launched on “Robotics and Bio-robotics in Life Sciences” in the Bibliotheca Alexandrina.
CEDARE organized a session on the “Mediterranean Climate Change Adaptation & Mitigation” on March 20th, 2018 during the 8th World Water Forum held in Brazil. The session was inagurated by a speech of Prince Albert II of Monaco. The sessions included speakers from CEDARE, Monaco, France, Spain, Palestine, and the Arab Water Council. CEDARE Water Director indicated that the session concluded that: National Laws and Legislations should embrace water related Climate Change Adaptation and Mitigation measures, The Water Community need to communicate with the Climate Change Community, Water Management authorities and operators at all levels are encouraged to monitor their water and energy consumptions, in addition to water losses and leakages, and implement measures for adaptation and mitigation.
The project initiated its awareness activities which spread knowledge among the communities in Fayoum and Minya. Fayoum villages are as follows: Qalamshah, Manshah Ramzy, and Abu Dafia, and in Minya villages: Abu Qarqas al-Balad, Bani Muhammad Sharawi and Al-Hawasliya. The awareness campaign educates the residents about the adverse effects caused by solid and agricultural waste on the environment and health.
The EU Joint Rural Development Programme and the Italian Development cooperation, funded project, “Good Agricultural Practices on Geographic Indication for e Production and Increased Marketing Competence to Enhance Rural Livelihood in Matrouh”, which aims to increase sustainability and marketing opportunities of agricultural products in Matrouh by adopting Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) on Geographic Indication (GI) and improve livelihood of the rural communities. The project responds to 2 of the main thematic priorities that guide CEDARE’s development plan. Firstly, environment and development for human well-being and secondly, utilizing environmental resources as a catalyst for socio-economic development.
The overall objective of the SISAW (2018) project is to enhance Fayoum and Minya rural population wellbeing achieving sustainable territorial resources governance and socio-economic development through innovative participatory solid waste management SWM process. This will be accomplished through enhancing rural public and multi-actors contribution to sustainable waste management implementing an appropriate governance scheme based on learning for all pathway.
Also, through contributing to rural Fayoum and Menya livelihoods improvement through Income Generating Activities and entrepreneurship promotion based on innovative WM processes relying on improved infrastructure.