Capacity Building

  • Organizing Regional Training Course on “Protection of Shared Aquifer Resources”, 24-28 March 2007, Egypt
  • Organizing Training Course on “Integrated Management of Ground Water”, 8-10 Nov 2005, Sharm Elshikh
  • Organizing Training of Trainers Workshop and preparing module on “Integrated Water Resources Management”, 14-18 May 2005, Kuwait
  • ToT “ International Training Course on Local Water Management” 3-8 May 2005

The Centre for Environment and Development for the Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE) is hosting an international training course on local water management. The course is being organized by CEDARE in collaboration with the International Network for Capacity Building in Integrated Water Resources Management (Cap-Net/UNDP), the Egyptian Water Partnership (EWP), the Nile Basin Capacity Building Network (NBCBN), the International Water and Sanitation Centre (IRC), and the Natural Resources Institute (NRI). The course will take place from 3 to 8 May 2005 at the CEDARE premises in Heliopolis, Cairo.

The course will include five sessions each has a main theme which are:

  • Introduction to local level IWRM and planning cycles
  • Water resources assessment and stakeholders
  • Governance
  • Visions and scenarios
  • Capacity building action

The course will include a Field Trip to Fayoum to practice the concepts and some tools in the analysis of a real life case

  • “Environmental Impact Assessment of Groundwater Development Projects” 8-10 April 2005 Sharm El-Sheikh

The training course was held on April 8 – 10 2005, and was funded by the Islamic Development Bank (IDB) and organized by the Center of Environment and Development for Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE). To address and clarify the environmental impact Assessment of groundwater development projects. The training course includes presentations from Egypt, Libya, Sudan, Saudi Arabia, andSyria.

  • The launching event of “Water Awareness Campaign for Children” 22 March 2005, Under the auspices of Her Excellency Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak First Lady of Egypt

On the occasion of the World Water Day on 22 March 2005, and the beginning of the UN Water Decade (2005-2010) the Egyptian Water Partnership (EWP) was honored to launch the “Water Awareness Campaign for Children” under the auspices of Her Excellency Mrs. Suzanne Mubarak First Lady of Egypt. The campaign launching event was hosted by Sheraton Royal Gardens Hotel.

The main objectives of the campaign are to increase the children awareness and knowledge on the following issues:

  • Egypt’s water resources and relationship with riparian countries
  • Water scarcity and means for water conservation
  • Water pollution and means for water quality protection

The first phase of the campaign will be extended over a period of 6 months starting March of 2005 and would cover the Governorates of Greater Cairo – Alexandria – Quena

The campaign will be carried out in partnership with the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation (MWRI), Ministry of State for Environmental Affairs (Green Corner), Center ofEnvironment and Development for Arab region and Europe (CEDARE), United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Integrated Care Society (IDRC).

The Launching Event was inaugurated by H.E. Dr. Mahmoud AbuZeid, Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation, H.E. Dr. Ahmed El Goueli, President, Egyptian Water Partnership, H.E Dr. Nadia Makram Eibed Excutive Director Center of Environment and Development for Arab region and Europe (CEDARE), Mrs. Farida El Ridi, Secretary General, Integrated Care Society, Mr. Antonio Vigilanti, Resident Representative, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), H. E. Mr. Tjeard De Zwaan, Ambassador of  the Netherlands and Dr. Sayed Khalil, Director of Egyptian Environmental Affairs Agency represents H.E. Eng. Maged George, Minister of  State for Environmental Affairs.

The Event’s program started with a presentation of “Water Campaign for Children Program” presented by Dr. Khaled AbuZeid, Managing Director Egyptian Water Partnership followed by a play “A Drop of water called Meema” (by EWP & Nefertari School), next the Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation introduced the “Children’s Water Museum”.  After that, a presentation by (Lycée Français School), subsequently the distribution of presents for winners of the Children’s Drawing Competition by (Ministry of Water Resources and Irrigation), next presenting “A Drop of Water called Meema” (Children’s book) then Alam Simsim and Water Conservation show and finally (A song by Mohamed Tharwat) called “Partners in Conserving Water”.

Designing and printing a series of awareness materials for the campaign, having the same main character of the campaign a drop of water called “Meema” which includes an awareness booklet comprising different messages for water conservation and protection “A Drop of Water Called Meema”, coloring book “Color with Meema”, and intellectual games “Play with Meema”, and a puzzle.

All the above-mentioned materials were distributed to all invitees (about 250 invitees) in addition to the EWP posters and the EWP first three Newsletters.

  • Integrated Water Resources Management training course, 16-17 March 2005 >>Read More

The training course was held on September 16th – 17th2005, which was hosted by the Center of Environment and Development for Arab Region and Europe (CEDARE). To address and clarify the role of participation in implementing of integrated Water resources management aiming to magnify the social, economic, and environmental benefits for water usage. The training course includes 11 presentations presented by an elite of professors and experts in the field of IWRM.

The topics featured in the presentations were IWRM principles, IWRM and the Environment, IWRM and Agriculture, Telemetry, A tool for supporting IWRM, Participation Dimension in IWRM, Gender issues and IWRM, Water Demand Management, Irrigated Irrigation Improvement and Managing Project, IWRM and Water Supply and Sanitation, National Water Resources Plan of Egypt and finally IWRM in the International Agenda.

The workshop was attended by about 25 participants from young professionals working in the water sector; i.e. government, academia and research centers, end users, and civil society.

  • CEDARE contributed for the third year in the Training Course on “Environmental Impact Assessment Decision Support System”    (CEDARE – EIADSS) for Master Degree Program on Irrigation and Drainage, CHIEAM-IAM, Bari,Italy "2003, 2004, 2005, 2006"
  • Training Course on Groundwater Modeling, 1998
  • Co-sponsoring the Expert Consultation on Reuse of Low-Quality Water for Sustainable Agriculture, FAO, WHO, IATF, December 15-18, 1997, Amman, Jordan.
  • Co-sponsoring the International Conference on Water Management, Salinity And Pollution Control Towards Sustainable Irrigation In the Mediterranean Region, CIHEAM/MAI-B, September 22-26, 1997, Valenzano (Bari)-Italy.
  • Training Course on Watershed Analysis Using GIS , July 1-3, 1997, Cairo-Egypt. >>Read More    

The objective of this training course was to introduce water management and environmental professionals in the region to the latest development in the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) in watershed analysis. The course was attended by 22 participants from selected countries in the region where watershed analysis was of main concern. Participating countries included Algeria, Djibouti, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Tunisia, and Yemen. Instructors from the Center for Research in Water Resources at the University of Texas at Austin (USA) presented the use of GIS in calculating regional soil water balance, surface water balance, and in the spatial analysis of surface terrain, groundwater and water quality modeling. An introduction to Arcview version 3 along with the spatial analyst module was given. The participants also were provided with hands-on computer training on all these applications. The participants were provided with two CD Roms, the GISHydro 97 CD ROM and a Digital Elevation Model CD-ROM for CEDARE's Region. Countries that did not have the Arcview software were provided with Arcview Version 2.0 to be able to run all the GIS hydrological models included on the GISHydro 97 CD-ROM. Internet Sources for GIS hydrological models and required regional data were also presented. Training material on the subject was also compiled.

  • Co-Sponsoring the Regional Workshop on Technologies of Wastewater Treatment and Reuse, UNEP, The Arabian Gulf University, ACSAD, and the Ministry of Housing, Municipalities, and Environmental Affairs of Bahrain, June 2-4, 1997, Bahrain.
  • Regional Seminar on the Use of Decision Support Systems in Water Resources Management, October 28-30, 1996, Damascus-Syria.Task force
  • Meeting on the Regional Programme for Sustainable Development of the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer, March 11-12, 1996, Cairo-Egypt.
  • Workshop on Water Harvesting Techniques, October 22-24, 1995, Tunis-Tunisia.
  • Training Course in Wastewater Treatment & Reuse, July 1-10, 1995, Amman-Jordan.
  • Regional Seminar on Options & Strategies for Freshwater Development & Utilization in Selected Arab Countries, June 26-28, 1995, Amman-Jordan.
  • Workshop on Development of the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer, April 17-18, 1995, Cairo-Egypt.
  • Seminar on Potable Water Management, June 22-24, 1994, Rabat-Morocco.
  • Workshop on Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) of Hydrological Projects, December 20-22, 1993, Amman-Jordan.
  • Seminar on Mass Media, Water and Development, October 25-28, 1993, Cairo-Egypt.
  • Seminar on Freshwater Quality and Efficiency: Optimizing Sustainable Beneficial Uses in Arab Countries, October 17-18, 1993, Cairo-Egypt