GIZ ACCWaM’s contribution to the World Water Week 2015 in Stockholm

At: 25-08-2015

Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture and the Green Sector

Dr Hammou Laamrani and Dr Gerhard Lichtenthaeler from GIZ’s regional programme “Adaptation to Climate Change in the Water Sector in the MENA Region” presented Options for Climate Change Adaptation in Agriculture and the Green Sector at this year’s World Water Week in Stockholm.

To a packed conference room, Ambassador Shahira Wahbi, League of Arab States, and Dr Anders Jaegerskog, SIDA, opened the special session, organized by ACCWaM’s partner UN ESCWA, on Climate Change Impacts on Water for Development in the Arab Region.

On behalf of GIZ ACCWaM, Dr Laamrani briefly stressed the programme’s partnership with UN ESCWA in developing a methodology for assessing socio-economic vulnerability to climate change in the Arab region. He then outlined various programme efforts looking at climate change adaptation options specific to agriculture and the green sectors.

In this context, Laamrani mentioned that the GIZ regional programme has piloted three climate adaptation innovations. These include solar energy farming in Jordan as an alternative to unsustainable groundwater irrigation. The lessons learned for policy and practice, and for upscaling at the national and regional level, is on the next agenda of the Arab Ministerial Water Council, GIZ ACCWaM’s main partner. 

Laamrani also reported on the  partnership with the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO). GIZ ACCWaM is currently exploring tailored climate adaptation options for different agro-ecological zones, such as rainfed areas, rangeland and forests. The objective of these measures is to increase the resilience of the green sectors towards improved food security and sustainable livelihoods under different climate scenarios.

Given the already critical and worsening water scarcity in MENA, the programme also works closely with the Arab Gulf University in Bahrain to look at, and stress, the important interlinkages between water, energy and food – the so-called Nexus approach.

Furthermore, GIZ ACCWaM closely cooperates with another regional partner, ACSAD (The Arab Center for the Studies of Arid Regions and Dry Lands), to write a manual on climate change adaptation for agriculture, forestry and fisheries.

Dr Laamrani ended by announcing that the programme will soon make available the wealth of lessons learned and best practices from the various GIZ programmes in the MENA region, another important tool and compendium for climate change adaptation options in the water, agriculture and green sectors. 


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