CEDARE participated in the 1st Nexus Roundtable in the MENA and Wider Mediterranean, in Beirut,November 26-28, 2018. Khaled AbuZeid, CEDARE Water Director, talked about the Water-Energy-Food (WEF) Nexus in the Arab Region. He explained how Food Security is linked to Water Security and Energy Security. Fossil Groundwater is exploited using fossil fuels, where 10 out of 22 Arab Countries have exceeded the renewable freshwater sustainability threshold, and 18 out of the 22 Arab countries are below the water scarcity limit of 1000 m3/person/year. He highlighted the importance of the new approach in selecting the appropriate type of water resource for the appropriate use at the appropriate geographic location within the country. Read more…
CEDARE Water Resources Director, Khaled AbuZeid, speakes on “Understanding Nexus at National & Transboundary Levels in the Arab Region” Infront of Parliamentarians, Journalists, and NGOs at the Regional Roundtable on “Debating the Water-Energy-Food-Ecosystems Nexus in MENA & Wider Mediterranean” organized in Brussels, by Global Water Partnership – Mediterranean / GWP-Med, COMPSUD, MIO-ECSDE, Union for the Mediterranean, and SIDA, on November 22, 2018.
CEDARE Regional Water Director, Khaled AbuZeid, contributed the meeting of Mediterranean Parliamentarians and Key Stakeholders for “A Plastic-Free Mediterranean Sea in the Making” organized by the European Parliament Intergroup on Seas, Rivers, Islands and Coastal Areas, MIO-ECSDE, and CoMPSud at the European Parliament in Brussels, November 21st, 2018.
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.