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.
Mr. Janis Head of Environment Section at the EU delegation in Egypt in his opening remarks assured the cooperation with Egypt in achieving its development plans. Dr. Amr AbdelMeguid, Regional Programme Manager of the Environmental Governance Programme of CEDARE welcomed the participants from the Arab countries and highlighted the role RKNOW project in knowledge transfer and knowledge sharing between the five countries sharing RKNOW and scaling up to other Arab countries. Dr. AbdelMeguid valued the strategic partnership between CEDARE and the EU and its support to RKNOW project and the Workshop. He also thanked H.E. the minister for supporting this initiative and event. He highlighted also the strategic partnership with the Arab Water Council (AWC) and the IUCN and other partners of the RKNOW including the Palestinian Hydrology Group (PHG), University of AbdelMalek Essaadi of Morocco, Arab Women Organization (AWO), Society for the Protection of Nature of Lebanon (SPNL), and the Euro-Med Water Information System (EMWIS). Dr. AbdelMeguid mentioned that RKNOW is an initiative that is implemented to document and compile the cumulative experiences, case studies and success stories that came from SEARCH project, EMPOWERS in addition to other cases in the Region. Eng. Mufleh AlAbbadi, on behalf of IUCN ROWA introduced the four themes of RKNOW and the objectives of the Forum, highlighting the interactive modality that will be adopted during the event.
The Knowledge sharing Forum is a platform for knowledge sharing on water and Nature of two initiatives in the Region. The first is the Regional Knowledge Network on Systemic Approaches to Water Resources Management project (which is called the R-KNOW project), is a 3 year regional project funded by the European Union. The project aspires to create a The Regional Knowledge Network on Water that will assist in strengthening the application of systematic approaches to water management in 5 countries (Lebanon, Jordan, Palestine, Morocco and Egypt). RKNOW structured around the following thematic areas :
- Water Governance .
- Water, Energy and Food Nexus.
- Sustainable Water Technologies.
- Water and Climate Change.
The second initiative is Nurturing NGO Capacity to Engage in Biodiversity Conservation in the Eastern Mediterranean, it is three year project which aims to Increased capacity of conservation communities in Jordan, Lebanon, the OPT and Syria for effective and concerted conservation action , it is funded by MAVA foundation with focus on in building the technical capacity for biodiversity conservation and advocacy/networking capability.
The overall objective of the workshop is to promote systemic approaches to integrated water resource management(water governance ) and disseminate knowledge, lessons learnt and experience driven by the engaged partners/ stakeholders .
With specific focus on :
- Bring in experience from the region to identify the challenge issues in the regional in water management
- drive further stakeholder engagement, capacities building and knowledge sharing in water management and conservation of nature
- Identify priorities of the Region in water management and to align a number of initiatives in the region with each other
- Share best practices in water governance, climate change , water technologies , energy nexus in the region and water integrity .
- Enhancing networking and exchange between different organizations